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The best Apple Watch deal happened just before Black Friday, when Best Buy offered the Apple Watch SE at a $60 discount. Prices for that model have since gone back up, but you can still get last year's Apple Watch Series 6 at a $50 discount at Walmart. The Apple Watch Series 6 lacks the Series 7's larger screen and faster charging, but it still comes with an always-on display and advanced health features. 

Discounts are slim on the new Apple Watch Series 7 right now, but you can still save $19 compared to typical prices at the Apple Store.

Apple Watch models new and old are designed to work seamlessly with your iPhone to offer you many potential uses, from notifications of messages and better access to your music, to tools that can help you get fit and maintain a healthier lifestyle

The Watch Series 3 is also on sale right now, but it's so old at this point that it's tough to recommend

We'll update this story as prices change and deals emerge or expire, so be sure to check back for the best prices. Some products may have inventory in some localities but not others.

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The Series 7 features a larger display with thinner bezels, the promise of better durability and faster charging (but not better battery life than the Series 6). There are also new color choices: blue, green, midnight (black), starlight (a gold-silver blend) and Product Red. The only discount we're seeing for the 41mm model is a $19 price break over at Amazon.

Read our Apple Watch Series 7 review.

 

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You can also save $19 on the larger, 45mm Series 7 in the Product Red version. That's the only deal we see right now for it.

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The Series 6 was just officially discontinued by Apple to make way for the newer Series 7. But here's the thing: The Series 6 is still a great smartwatch and it's still available at a nice discount from official Apple retailers like Walmart and Amazon as they clear out existing inventory. In addition to an always-on display and EKG, the Series 6 monitors blood oxygen levels (though you shouldn't expect medical-grade results there). It's currently $50 off at Walmart, in certain configurations. Read our Apple Watch Series 6 review.

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The larger Apple Watch Series 6 is $50 off at Walmart in navy blue.

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The Watch SE is the step-down model in Apple's 2020 smartwatch line. It's similar to the 2019 Series 5, but without the always-on screen and EKG function. The Watch SE starts at $279 and boasts a more powerful processor and a Retina display that's 30% larger than the one on the much older Series 3. Best Buy just dropped the price of the Watch SE to its Black Friday price of $219 for a savings of $60.

Read our Apple Watch SE review.

 

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You can also save $60 on the larger 44mm Watch SE model at Best Buy.