Apple Watch Series 3 deal: Just $239

That's the best price to date on last year's flagship watch. It's a refurb, but still a killer buy.

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Last year's $329 flagship is this year's $239 bargain.  

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Looking for the best deal on an iPhone ? Look to last year's models. And the best deal on an Apple Watch ? Same story.

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To wit: For a limited time, and while supplies last, Apple is offering refurbished Apple Watch Series 3 models starting at $239. Until recently, when the Series 4 arrived, that same model would have run you $329 new. (It's currently $279 new.)

That $239 option buys you the 38mm GPS version; the 42mm models start at $259 -- just $20 more. Currently, the store has no cellular-capable watches in stock.

Although Apple doesn't promise the exact same level of refurb goodness afforded to iPhones and iPads -- you don't get a new casing or battery -- refurbished Watches are tested and certified and come with a one-year warranty.

At these prices, there's no guarantee Apple's inventory will last. The Series 3 was the flagship model until very recently, and viewed in a vacuum, it's still a damn good smartwatch.

Originally published Sept. 19.
Update, Oct. 17: Updated with latest details.

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