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Get a 2nd-gen Moto 360 smartwatch for $144.99

From the Cheapskate: Originally $349.99, this is one of the best deals you'll find on this super-stylish wrist companion.

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Ready for a wrist upgrade?

That's what happens when you trade your regular wristwatch (or regular wrist) for a smartwatch: You get sexy watchfaces, invaluable notifications, voice-activated Google searches, heart-rate and fitness monitors and more.

But most models are pretty ugly, am I right? (I'm looking at you, Apple Watch and most Pebbles.) The one exception: Motorola's round, sexy Moto 360 series. That $350 price tag, though...

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Gorgeous.

Motorola

For a limited time, and while supplies last, Daily Steals has the refurbished 2nd-gen Moto 360 smartwatch (black with leather band) for $144.99 shipped when you apply coupon code ChpsktJuly at checkout. That's for the 42mm variety; if you want the larger, 46mm, version (which also upgrades you to a metal band), it'll run you $159.99 post-coupon.

Take note that these refurbs may have "slight scratches that are only visible upon close inspection." But Daily Steals also says that they've been "professionally refurbished" and should arrive in "excellent" condition. There's a 30-day return policy should you find the condition to be otherwise, and a 60-day exchange option in case something goes awry. (You can also spring for a one-year replacement plan for $21.99 if you prefer the comfort of a full warranty.)

I've always loved the design of the Moto 360 -- it looks like a real watch, not some geeky toy -- and the 2nd-gen model mostly improves on the original. It still has that "flat tire" black bar at the bottom (home to an ambient light sensor, a valuable feature), but I never thought that was a big deal. Some users don't care for it.

I'll turn you over to CNET's review for more insight, adding only that as much as I like the looks of the Moto 360, I've never cared for the Android Wear OS. I also think it's a poor match for iPhones (as some features are hobbled), though a good friend of mine recently ditched his Apple Watch for a Moto 360 and says he likes the latter considerably more.

One other thing to consider: I've seen the original Moto 360 selling for as low as $79.99, so if you're really looking to go cheap, sit tight for the next time that model rolls around. But if you prefer the latest and greatest, this is definitely the best deal to date on the 2nd-gen 360.

Your thoughts?

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