The best cheap Apple Watch deals in October 2018

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Finding the best cheap Apple Watch deals is no easy task simply because this is the newest product category among Apple devices and is still in high demand; as Apple likes to tout, it is the most popular Smart watch in the world.

However, with the recent introduction of the Apple Watch 4, the list price for the Apple Watch 3 has dropped from $329/£329  to $279/£279, making it and other older Apple Watches more affordable, especially with additional discounts. Sure, the Apple Watch 4 is one of the best watches money can buy, but for most people, the Series 3 will more than suffice. Plus, you can still find incredible prices on the Series 2 and Series 1 watches.

Below you'll find all of the best Apple Watch deals we've found, from the Series 1 watch to the latest Apple Watch 4. We also threw in a few places to buy cheap Apple Watch bands a little more cheaply than you can pick them up from Apple. 

Apple Watch 4 deals

The newest and best Apple Watch

OS: watchOS 5 | Compatibility: iOS | Display: 40mm and 44mm OLED | Processor: S4 dual-core | Onboard storage: 16GB | Battery: 18 hours | Charging method: Wireless | IP rating: IPX7 | Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC, GPS

Larger display
Lightweight
More health and fitness features

The Apple Watch is available in four variations: 40mm and 44mm sizes, and with or without cellular service, with prices accordingly. You're currently unlikely to find this watch at less than its list price, but be sure to check back regularly as we'll be updating with any deals we find.

Apple Watch Series 3

A great watch at a lower price

OS: watchOS 4 | Compatibility: iOS | Display: 1.65" OLED | Processor: S3 dual-core | Onboard storage: 8GB | Battery: 18 hours | Charging method: Wireless | IP rating: IPX7 | Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC, GPS Cellular

Altimeter
Cellular options
Music streaming with cellular
LTE isn't good value
Battery life needs to be longer

The regular Apple Watch 3 delivered minimal upgrade from the Series 2. Still, it remains a top-tier device in terms of fitness and longevity, with run and cycle tracking on board and a water-resistant casing for swimming, plus the a heart rate monitor on the underside. And the LTE version comes with cellular connectivity so you can use it independently from your phone.

Apple Watch 2 deals

Fitness takes over the Apple Watch

OS: watchOS 4 | Compatibility: iOS | Display: 1.53" OLED | Processor: S2 dual-core | Onboard storage: 8GB (only 2GB and 75MB allowed for music and photos, respectively) | Battery: 18 hours | Charging method: Wireless | IP rating: IPX7 | Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC

Water-resistant
GPS onboard
Expensive
Lack of useful apps

The Apple Watch 2 isn't being sold by Apple, but it's still being pushed around by various retailers for those who want an older watch on the cheap. It includes specs and features not available on the cheaper Apple Watch Series 1. This includes GPS tracking, a brighter screen and waterproof specs that allow you to wear it in the pool.

Apple Watch Nike Plus deals

The Nike-flavored Apple Watch 2 and 3

OS: watchOS 4 | Compatibility: iOS | Display: 1.53" OLED | Processor: S2 dual-core / improved in Watch 3 | Onboard storage: 8GB (only 2GB and 75MB allowed for music and photos, respectively) | Battery: 18 hours | Charging method: Wireless | IP rating: water-resistant IPX7 | Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC

Water-resistant
GPS onboard
Limited fitness app

Right - let's clear this up: there are two Nike+ editions of the Apple Watch. The first is the Nike+ Apple Watch Series 2, and the second the Nike+ Apple Watch Series 3.

Both are virtually identical to the 'standard' version of the Watch they're related to, apart from different (and really rather nice) rubberised straps that you can't easily buy separately and new watch faces.

Other than that, they don't really offer a lot more other than a stylistic option - and of course they're 'designed' to be use with the Nike app.

So if you're seeing the Nike+ Apple Watch for cheap, make sure it's not the Series 2 model... although that one is perfectly good enough in our eyes, and offers all the advantages minus the LTE connectivity.

Apple Series 1 deals

The best Apple Watch for most non-runners

OS: watchOS 4 | Compatibility: iOS | Display: 1.53" OLED | Processor: S1P dual-core | Onboard storage: 8GB (only 2GB and 75MB allowed for music and photos, respectively) | Battery: 18 hours | Charging method: Wireless | IP rating: splash-proof | Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC

Best Apple Watch for most 
Faster than original Watch
Lacks Series 2's bright screen
No GPS and not waterproof

The Apple Watch Series 1 is actually the best Apple Watch for most people who aren’t all-star runners and avid swimmers, with most of the specs you need on a smartwatch. 

This is a 'refreshed' Apple Watch compared to the original Apple Watch below, so it has a faster dual-core processor and better battery life as a result. 

It runs all the same WatchOS 4 software, which brings some decent improvements and, best of all, the original Watch costs a lot less than the models above.

If you don’t need to track GPS runs and swim with it on, you’ll save money. The discounted Apple Watch Series 1 still comes in two sizes, 38mm and 42mm, but only has the more economical aluminum case and Sport band, although it's still good value despite the limited choice.

Apple Watch band/strap deals

Bands are not one-size-fits-all-budgets

Wide variety of sizes, colors and prices
Incredibly easy to slide onto your Watch
Can't use normal watch straps
Official Apple Watch bands are pricey

Your Apple Watch literally isn’t complete without the best deals on Apple Watch bands. They make the geeky smartwatch stylish enough to show off to late adopters.

In fact, you’re going to want multiple cheap Apple Watch straps simply because more elegant bands are far from ideal for the gym. Vice versa, Sport Bands don’t cut it at the fancy dinner table.

Everyday in the news, we see new cheap Apple Watch bands trying to become the de facto alternative to the more expensive, official Apple Watch bands, and they’re usually just as good. Trust us, buying a trio of third-party, lookalike Apple Watch bands for the price of one official strap is a relief after paying so much for the smartwatch itself. Plus, you'll want to save up for an Apple Watch 3 upgrade.

Apple Watch 4 GPS deals

The cheapest new Apple Watch

OS: watchOS 5 | Compatibility: iOS | Display: 40mm and 44mm OLED | Processor: S4 dual-core | Onboard storage: 16GB | Battery: 18 hours | Charging method: Wireless | IP rating: IPX7 | Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC, GPS

Larger display
Better battery
More health and fitness features

Apple Watch 4 GPS deals

The cheapest new Apple Watch

OS: watchOS 5 | Compatibility: iOS | Display: 40mm and 44mm OLED | Processor: S4 dual-core | Onboard storage: 16GB | Battery: 18 hours | Charging method: Wireless | IP rating: IPX7 | Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC, GPS

Larger display
Better battery
More health and fitness features

Apple Watch 4 GPS deals

The cheapest new Apple Watch

OS: watchOS 5 | Compatibility: iOS | Display: 40mm and 44mm OLED | Processor: S4 dual-core | Onboard storage: 16GB | Battery: 18 hours | Charging method: Wireless | IP rating: IPX7 | Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC, GPS

Larger display
Better battery
More health and fitness features

Apple Watch 4 GPS deals

The cheapest new Apple Watch

OS: watchOS 5 | Compatibility: iOS | Display: 40mm and 44mm OLED | Processor: S4 dual-core | Onboard storage: 16GB | Battery: 18 hours | Charging method: Wireless | IP rating: IPX7 | Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC, GPS

Larger display
Better battery
More health and fitness features