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The clock is nearly hitting Black Friday and the time is right to score an Apple Watch. Whether you’re shopping for yourself — ‘cause let’s be honest, you deserve it — or for someone special on your list, any Apple Watch fits the bill.
Our budget pick for a smartwatch — the Apple Watch SE — steps things up with a more modern design, faster processor and a more advanced set of sensors. The SE offers better battery life and ultimately delivers a more fluid experience. If you can live without an always-on display and the ability to take a blood oxygen reading, the SE is for you. And it’s seeing some mighty fine discounts from a number of retailers.
The Apple Watch SE starts at $279 for the 40mm GPS variant, but Amazon has the silver aluminum case for just $219. That’s a huge $60 off and an all-time low price for the device. Best Buy is also matching the price. We haven’t yet seen discounts on the GPS + Cellular versions of the Apple Watch SE, but expect those to arrive closer to Friday.
The latest and greatest Apple Watch didn’t represent a giant leap forward, but it is the most feature-filled smartwatch. It can take a blood oxygen reading, features an extra-large always-on display and has an advanced sensor on the back for health measurements and activity tracking, but the best news is that it supports fast charging.
Right now, Amazon is taking $10 off the 41mm GPS Series 7 and you can score the green, blue, silver or Product Red model for $379.99 or the larger 45mm GPS Series 7 in Midnight or Product Red for $409.99, down from $429.99.
We’re expecting a deeper discount on all models of the Series 7 — including cellular models — on Black Friday.
The entry-level Series 3 might not be the fastest, but it’s still a no-compromise experience with what an Apple Watch can do. It offers a deep integration with iPhone, activity tracking and even heart-rate monitoring. Right now, you can save $30 on both models of the Series 3 at Walmart.
Modern Slim Band
Already have an Apple Watch or want to stock up on some sweet bands to slide in and out of? See below for a number of chargers, cables, stands and bands that are all discounted.
Sport Band ($41.97, originally $59.95; nomadgoods.com)
We’ve been wearing this watch band for a few weeks now and we’re into it. It’s comfortable throughout daily wear and gets us through sweaty workouts, since it’s waterproof. Not to mention it comes in five different colors to fit your personal style.
Rugged Band ($41.97, originally $59.95; nomadgoods.com)
If you’re looking for a watch band to get you through the toughest of adventures, or tend to opt for a more rugged look, this band is a great choice. The band is lightweight and flexible so it feels nice on the wrist while staying oil-, water- and dirt-resistant.
Modern Slim Band ($48.97, originally $69.95; nomadgoods.com)
Much more of a fashion band, this pick from Nomad comes in three different leather tones to fit your style. It’s comfortable to wear every day and gives a sophisticated look to your high-tech wearable.
Custom Clear TPU Band ($36, originally $40; casetify.com)
Add a bit of personal flair with this customizable band from Casetify. Add your initials or name to the side of this durable and flexible TPU band. Choose from four different band colors, two different font styles and 18 different text colors for a totally unique look.
Saffiano Leather Initial Apple Watch Band ($46.80, originally $52; casetify.com)
We love the look of a leather watch band, so pairing your Apple Watch with Casetify’s customizable options is a no-brainer. You get to pick a base band color and then two accent colors for a sleek stripe that runs down the band and your initials.