If you’re an Apple fan looking for a better way to manage your digital life, the Apple Watch is one of the best accessories you can buy.
Other than providing you with the time and shooting notifications from your iPhone straight to your wrist (the most common reason you check your phone throughout the day), the Apple Watch can also track physical activity and allow you to make mobile payments via Apple Pay.
With Apple unveiling a new Apple Watch for 2018, there’s never been a better time to buy a new — or used — Apple Watch. The toughest part is figuring out the differences between all the various models released throughout the years but that’s where we come in. In this post we’ll give you the skinny on all the different Apple Watch generations you’ll find on Swappa.
How much is the Apple Watch 1st Gen?
Apple Watch 1st Gen Price (42mm)
Apple unveiled the original Apple Watch 1st Gen — also known as Apple Watch Series 0 — back in 2014, alongside the drastically redesigned iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. It wasn’t released until April 2015, at the starting price of $349.
The first generation Apple Watch featured cutting edge technology for a wearable device, coming equipped with Apple’s Taptic Engine, heart rate sensor, microphone for voice calls (over Bluetooth), and NFC for mobile payments.
Apple launched two sizes of the watch — 42mm and smaller 38mm models — and in three variants: Apple Watch (sapphire glass, stainless steel case, metal or leather bands), Apple Watch Sport (Ion-X glass, anodized aluminum case, silicone bands), and the $10,000 Apple Watch Edition (18K yellow or rose gold).
Other hardware specs included a 38.96mm 312×390 resolution (42mm) or 33.96mm 272×340 resolution (38mm) OLED displays, 8GB of storage (2GB for music, 75MB for photos), S1 processor, 512MB RAM, 250/205mAh battery (approximately 18 hours).
The first generation Apple Watch still performs great and is the perfect companion to your iPhone. With used models starting at $105 in the Swappa marketplace, it’s a great way to try a wearable without investing a ton of money. You can shop all of our first gen Apple Watch models for sale down below.
How much is the Apple Watch Series 1?
Apple Watch Series 1 Price (42mm)
It was in 2016 Apple decided to refresh the Apple Watch with a slight hardware revision. There were two models officially released: Apple Watch Series 1 and Apple Watch Series 2.
The Series 1 had a lower asking price than the original 2015 Apple Watch, starting at $269/$299 with a S1P processor (but no GPS). Of course, the Apple Watch S1 still came in two different sizes, 42mm and 38mm.
The Apple Watch S1 was officially discontinued by Apple on April 12th when Series 4 was announced, but you can still find gently used models on the Swappa marketplace. It’s a great bet for those on a budget and who don’t feel the need to take their watch into the pool.
How much is the Apple Watch Series 2?
Apple Watch Series 2 Price (42mm)
As we mentioned above, the Apple Watch Series 1 was also announced alongside the Apple Watch Series 2. The higher-end model of the two, the Apple Watch S2 debuted at $369/$399 and included better hardware like a dual-core Apple S2 processor, water resistance up to to 50 meters, a brighter display, and GPS.
In many ways the Apple Watch Series 2 was the real sequel to the first generation Apple Watch (2014) and in many ways targeted more physically active types who often find themselves outdoors or swimming in the pool.
The Apple Watch S2 is a fantastic base option for those that want a little more out of their smartwatch (GPS tracking and better water resistance). With prices as low as $170 for the 42mm model and $169 for the 38mm version, you get started shopping all of the Apple Watch Series 2 models for sale in the Swappa marketplace via the buttons below.
How much is the Apple Watch Series 3?
Apple Watch Series 3 Price (42mm)
Apple announced the Apple Watch Series 3 in September of 2017. The smartwatch debuted at $329 (38mm GPS-only) and introduced a handful of hardware improvements like Apple’s new dual-core S3 processor, increased RAM (768MB), Siri functionality, Bluetooth 4.2, an altimeter to measure flights of stairs climbed and the biggest kicker of all: a standalone 4G LTE model that doesn’t need to be near your smartphone.
Aside from the usual 42mm and 38mm sizes of GPS-only and cellular equipped models, Apple also released Hermès and Apple Watch Nike+ versions with additional watch faces and bands exclusive to each brand.
With the Apple Watch Series 4 officially announced, new retail price for the Series 3 now starts at $279 (38mm) and $399 (38mm LTE). The larger 42mm model has also dropped in price, now $309 (GPS-only) and $409 (cellular).
Of course, you can find a much better deal in the Swappa marketplace with the Apple Watch Series 3 starting at $215 (38mm), or $220 (42mm). With prices that low, you can find gently used 4G models for less than the price of a GPS-only model at Apple. Now that’s a deal.
You can shop all of the Apple Watch Series 3 models for sale by hitting the appropriate buttons. From there you only have to figure out if you want the GPS-only or 4G carrier/unlocked model. Enjoy.
How much is the Apple Watch Series 4?
Apple Watch Series 4 Price
The Apple Watch Series 4 is — you guessed it — the fourth generation Apple Watch and was only just announced on September 12th, alongside the iPhone XR, iPhone XS and XS Max.
The Apple Watch Series 4 brings a handful of new improvements, most notable a bigger display that’s 30% larger than previous models. It now comes in 40mm and 44mm sizes, although the watch itself isn’t much larger. Apple shrunk the bezels down of previous models, and even slimmed down the side profile a bit, making the watch thinner as a result.
The Apple Watch S4 is powered by a 64-bit S4 processor that provides 2Xs the performance of the previous S3 CPU. You’ll also find new watch faces with added customization options, fall detection, and even an ECG heart sensor that received clearance by the FDA and support from the American Heart Association.
With prices starting at $399/$429 for the GPS-only model, or $499/$529 for the LTE equipped model, it certainly doesn’t come cheap. The Apple Watch Series 4 will be officially released on September 21st, but if those prices are looking a little too steep for you (we can’t blame you) you can always find the best Apple Watch deals on Swappa. Get started by shopping our entire inventory of gently used Apple Watches using the link below.