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The best cheap Apple Watch prices and sales in September 2019

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This is your guide to the best Apple Watch prices and sales that are currently available online. The Apple device is the most popular smartwatch on the market, so finding the best deals can be a difficult task.

The Series 5 smartwatch was unveiled at the recent Apple Event and is available for pre-order now and will be in stores on September 20. The latest Apple Watch has a starting price of $399 / £399 for the GPS-only model and $499 / £499 for having both GPS and cellular. There's also an Apple Watch 5 Nike version that's priced at $399 / £399 and is available to pre-order in the US, but unlike the other models, it won't be available in stores until October 4.

The announcement of the Apple Watch 5, has dropped the 'standard' price for the Apple Watch 4 and  Apple Watch 3, making it and other older Apple Watches more affordable, especially with additional discounts.

Below you'll find all of the best Apple Watch sales we've found, from the Series 1 watch to the latest Apple Watch 5. We also threw in a few places to buy Apple Watch bands a little more cheaply than you can pick them up from Apple.

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Apple Watch 5 GPS deals

The cheapest new Apple Watch

OS: watchOS 6 | Compatibility: iOS | Display: 40mm and 44mm OLED | Processor: S5 dual-core | Onboard storage: 32GB | Battery: 18 hours | Charging method: Wireless | IP rating: IPX7 | Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC, GPS

Always-on retina display
Made of 100% recycled aluminum
New location features

The Apple Watch 5 with GPS technology is priced at $399 / £399 / AU$649 for the 40mm size and cost $429 / £429 / AU$699 for the larger 44mm size. The GPS-only model is the cheapest new Apple Watch and lacks LTE connectivity. If you're not interested in a cellular plan for your smartwatch, this model would be best for you.

The Series 5 smartwatch now features an Always-on Retina display and includes new location features like a built-in compass and an updated Map app. The Apple Watch 5 also offers improved safety features with the ability to make international emergency calls in over 150 countries, even without your iPhone nearby.

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Apple Watch 5 GPS Cellular deals

Stream music and stay connected without your phone

OS: watchOS 6 | Compatibility: iOS | Display: 40mm and 44mm OLED | Processor: S5 dual-core | Onboard storage: 32GB | Battery: 18 hours | Charging method: Wireless | IP rating: IPX7 | Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC, GPS, Cellular

Includes LTE connectivity
Always-on retina display
Made of 100% recycled aluminum

The Apple Watch 5 with GPS and Cellular connectivity start at $499 / £499 / AU$799 for the 40mm model and goes up to $529 / £529 / AU$849 for the 44mm size.

The Series 5 smartwatch includes LTE connectivity which allows you to get internet and phone connectivity on your watch even when your iPhone is far away. You can stream music, make calls, receive notifications with just your Apple Watch. You must purchase a separate cellular plan for your smartwatch from supported carriers in your region.

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Apple Watch Nike 5 GPS deals

Breathable sport band with an updated face design

OS: watchOS 6 | Compatibility: iOS | Display: 40mm and 44mm OLED | Processor: S5 dual-core | Onboard storage: 32GB | Battery: 18 hours | Charging method: Wireless | IP rating: IPX7 | Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC, GPS

Updated face design
Breathable sport band
Audio-guided runs with the Nike Run app

The Apple Watch Nike Series 5 includes GPS technology and has a starting price of $399 / £399 / AU$649 for the 40mm model. If you're interested in GPS and cellular the 40mm Nike+ Apple Watch is priced at $499 / £499 / AU$799. The smartwatch is available to pre-order now, but unlike the other models, it won't be available in stores until October 4, three weeks after the initial date. It's currently unavailable in the UK, but deals should be coming soon.

The Apple Nike watch allows you to track your workouts and listen to audio-guided runs with the Nike Run Club app. The sporty smartwatch also includes a new face that was inspired by the classic Nike Windrunner jacket design. The Nike Apple Watch 5 features the Nike Sport Band that is made of compression-molded perforations for breathability and comes in new color choices that include Pink, Desert Sand, and Royal Pulse.

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
Battery life not improved

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

Apple Watch Series 3

A great watch at a lower price

OS: watchOS 5 | 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 5 | 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 5 | 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 multiple Nike+ editions of the Apple Watch. The first is the Nike+ Apple Watch Series 2, the second the Nike+ Apple Watch Series 3 and the third... you've guessed it... the Nike+ Apple Watch Series 4.

Each is 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 5 | 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.