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Snag a refurb Apple Watch Series 5 for up to $120 off

If state-of-the-art health tech with a hefty discount sounds good to you, check out these deals straight from Apple.

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Last year's Apple Watches are going for a steal.
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The best time to buy an Apple device -- or any piece of tech, for that matter -- is when the next model arrives. That's why Apple is quietly discounting its refurbished Apple Watch Series 5 after the announcement of the Series 6. Grab a refurbished Apple Watch Series 5 (44mm GPS) in gray aluminum starting at $329 -- that's $50 off the regular price and $120 less than a comparable Series 6. More expensive Series 5 watches get bigger savings, up to $120.

Hands down the biggest upgrade in the Series 6 (GPS plus cellular model starting at $499) is the blood oxygen monitoring, a new health feature that measures oxygen saturation in your blood. For elite athletes, fitness enthusiasts and those with respiratory illnesses, this function might be worth the extra dough. For a regular user like me? I won't be able to get the mileage out of it.

Read more: The new Apple Watch can measure blood oxygen, a vital metric for people with COVID-19

Tempted by the new Apple Watch SE (GPS plus cellular model starting at $329)? Opting for the budget watch means you'll be giving up the always-on display and ECG monitoring ability (capable of detecting heart arrhythmia) of the Series 5. Whether or not these features are worth the extra $50 price difference is a tough call.

What you need to know about Apple's refurbished watches: All refurbished watches are backed by Apple's one-year warranty and have been thoroughly tested and cleaned. The devices are repackaged in brand-new boxes with all accessories and cables.

Want to grab a new one instead? Amazon still has the Apple Watch Series 5 (44mm GPS) in gold aluminum for $300, the lowest price we've seen. 

Read more: The Apple Watch SE and Series 6 are already on sale at Amazon

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