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The best Apple Watch deals and sales and where to find them August 2022

Apple Watch Swimming
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The Apple Watch is one of Apple's most important devices, especially given that it's literally saved peoples lives with its multitude of sensors and fall detectors. Unfortunately, those extremely useful features tend to come at very high price tags, and while they are worth the cost it doesn't make them easier to afford. Thankfully, however, there are often some great Apple Watch deals and sales to be found out there, making getting a device a little bit less expensive.

Apple Watches are popular, however, so be aware that stock can run out whenever a really good price appears. Sometimes you'll find that between the time you've put the watch in your basket and the time you've checked out, the watch will be out of stock. That's why we always recommend getting on those deals as quickly as you see them. Deals and sales don't last very long, and you might end up missing out on a fantastic price.

Today's Apple Watch sales

The best place to find Apple Watch deals currently is Amazon (opens in new tab). There's a really good saving of $75 on the Apple Watch Series 7 at the moment, bringing its price $329. That's on all the colors as well, so you don't have to restrict your search parameters if you want the GPS-only version of the watch. The Series 3 is currently the cheapest Apple Watch - although you might want to watch out because it looks like it may soon be discontinued by Apple. The best price for the GPS+Cellular options is the SE, which you can buy for $299 on Amazon (opens in new tab). These prices have hovered around here for a little while, but they have been known to suddenly return to MSRP.

Best Apple Watch sales

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Apple Watch Series 3 | $229 $179 at Amazon (opens in new tab)

The Apple Watch Series 3 has been around for a little while now - it was first released in 2017 making it almost five years old. But it's stuck around for a reason - it's still a solid smartwatch. You won't be able to grab the Cellular version anymore, but you can very easily grab one of the GPS-only models - so you'll need to keep your phone nearby. At the moment, Amazon has the Series 3 available for $179, which is $50 off full price. Watch out with the Apple Watch Series 3, however - it looks like it will no longer be supported by Apple after the release of the latest version of WatchOS.

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Apple Watch SE | $279 $249 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
The Apple Watch SE was released in the same vein as the iPhone SE - the perfect, slightly lower-cost entry point for those new to the Apple ecosystem. That doesn't mean it's not loaded with features - far from it. It's got a choice between a 40mm or slightly bigger 44mm Retina display that's bright no matter what conditions it's viewed in, along with a multitude of fitness sensors on the bottom. Available in both a GPS and cellular version, the Apple Watch Series 3 is often on sale on Amazon where you can find the GPS version for $249 - that's $30 off MSRP. The cellular version can be grabbed for $319.

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Apple Watch Series 7 | $399 $339 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
Apple released the Series 7 in late 2021, and with it came a variety of new features. There's an ECG on board for heart health, a bigger always-on Retina display, and faster charging. The screen size choice is now between a 41mm or 45mm display that dominates more of the face than previously, and you can opt again between a GPS option that needs to be tethered to an iPhone or the cellular version that can be used without a phone in your pocket. This model can be where the biggest sales can be, uncommonly for an Apple premium product. On Amazon, there's currently $70 off to make the GPS version $329, and the Cellular version $429.

Apple Watch strap and accessories sales

Part of the fun of the Apple Watch is that you can switch out the strap with an incredible range of colors, materials, and patterns. You don't even have to stick with Apple if you want to spend a little less, there are plenty of third parties that make some solid strap options. It's also a good idea to pick up a screen protector - it's a screen on your wrist that is sure to see some contact with table corners or desktops. Here are some great options that we've found at great prices on Amazon. Want to look at more Apple Watch Straps? Here are some of the best Apple Watch Straps of 2022.

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SOTRADE stretchy nylon loop | $10 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
Do you want something fabric that doesn't have to be undone to slip the Apple Watch on or off? This guy is a good option - there is an incredible range of colors to go for, and the two face-size options mean it'll fit whatever Apple Watch you want to slip it on.

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EPULY stainless steel strap | $16 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
This is a classy addition to any Apple Watch - it's a segmented stainless steel watch band reminiscent of classic analog watches. It comes in a range of colors and sizes, so there's something for every Apple Watch owner.

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Misxi case with tempered glass screen protector | $11 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
This will protect not only the screen of the Apple Watch but also the sides of the device as well. Be sure to check this is for the same model as your own Apple Watch as it's for older releases and not the Watch 7.

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Smiling built-in tempered glass screen protector | $10 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
This one is almost the same as the prior option, but this time it's for the 41mm and 45mm Apple Watches. You also get two in the box, so if one breaks, you're still good to go!

Which is the Apple Watch for me?

There aren't as many Apple Watch frames to choose from as there are other Apple product ranges. That being said, there are enough to choose from that it might leave you scratching your head as to which one is the one to go for. Here's how the Apple Watch models compare at a glance:

CategorySeries 3SESeries 7
Display38mm/42mm Retina40mm/44mm Retina40mm/44mm always on Retina
ProcessorDual-core S364-bit dual-core S564-bit dual-core S7
ConnectivityGPS, Bluetooth 4.2GPS
Cellular 5G, Bluetooth 5.0
Cellular 5G, Bluetooth 5.0
Battery lifeUp to 18 hoursUp to 18 hours
talk time up to 1.5 hours
Up to 18 hours
talk time up to 1.5 hours
Water ResistanceWater resistant to 50mWater resistant to 50mWater resistant to 50m
ColorsSilverSpace GraySilverGoldMidnight

If you're looking for the cheapest Apple Watch, then it'll be the Series 3 that you're looking at. It's starting to age a little now, as it's been in the Apple range since 2017, but it's still a solid option for those looking to dip their toes into the Apple Watch range with a smaller financial outlay. It's got all the Apple Watch functions you need, but maybe not some you would want. There's still a little Retina screen on the front that holds up in bright light, and 8GB of internal storage to keep all your playlists local for running sessions. The heart rate monitor may not be as impressive as newer models, but it's still got one that works very well. Be careful when looking for this watch, however - after the announcement of the latest version of WatchOS, it looks like Apple will cease support for the Apple Watch Series 3.

Apple Watch Series 7 On Table

Apple Watch Series 7 On Table (Image credit: Stephen Warwick / iMore)

For those who want to spend a little more but not over $300, then the Apple Watch SE is a very good choice. The Retina display on the front has slightly screen options in 40mm and 44mm, and the heart sensor has been upgraded. The digital crown on the side has been upgraded with haptic feedback, and the S5 processor is that bit more powerful for a smoother experience using the watch. There's also a compass on board, along with fall detection that has saved people's lives. These extra features really do justify the extra in the price, and it looks like it'll see continued software support for some time to come.

GPS or cellular?

If you want a more detailed comparison of whether you should go with a GPS Apple Watch or a cellular Apple Watch, check out our Apple Watch Cellular vs GPS article.

In short, a GPS Apple Watch has to be tethered to your phone to be able to use all the functions. It uses the cellular connections on your phone to make and receive calls and send messages. You can go phone-free if you're just going for a run and want to listen to music - there's some internal storage on board that you can pop some music on and Bluetooth for wireless headphones. You won't be able to do much else than listen to music and use the fitness sensors, however, so if you're called while you're out sans phone, you'll miss the call.

Apple Watch Se Workout

Apple Watch Se Workout (Image credit: Luke Filipowicz / iMore)

Cellular will let you use your Apple Watch if you've left your phone at home. While you'll receive the same messages and calls as your phone, it essentially acts as another number on its own. As it contains more guts, it also comes at a price premium - often $100 more than the GPS variant. You'll also get slightly less battery life with a cellular model, so take that into consideration when choosing your Apple Watch.

You're also going to need a cell plan to go with the cellular Apple Watch, so you'll be paying every month for the privilege of using your watch without your phone. If you're after the cheapest Apple Watch, the GPS will not only cost you less upfront, but also nothing after the initial purchase - which may well help you make up your mind.

Where do I find Apple Watch deals?

The best place to find Apple Watch deals is Amazon. In most cases, Amazon (opens in new tab) has the best prices on Apple Watches that can stick around for a while. Other retailers sometimes match Amazon's prices, but for the most part, the likes of B&H Photo (opens in new tab), Walmart (opens in new tab), and Best Buy don't tend to undercut Amazon's prices.

Tammy Rogers
Tammy Rogers

As the Buying Guides and Deals writer for iMore, Tammy puts over a decade of experience in finding the best prices of Apple products to work, helping you save money on the equipment that you want. An audiophile at heart, she loves all things audio and visual, but you’ll also find her drooling over the latest Macs and MacBooks. With a Masters in screenwriting, Tammy likes to spend her free time writing feature-length and TV screenplays or driving digital cars around virtual circuits, to varying degrees of success. Just don't ask her about AirPods Max - you probably won't like her answer.