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Here’s every Apple Watch model, finish, and band compared

Well folks, the Apple Watch Series 2 is finally here, bringing a number of great new features and improvements over the original Apple Watch. Of course, the original Apple Watch was no slouch either. The device quickly became the best-selling smartwatch of all time, toppling almost all traditional watchmakers in 2015. Last year, Apple became the second highest-selling watchmaker, coming second only to Rolex.

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Now that the Apple Watch 2 is available for purchase, there are many options to choose from when you take the different models, finishes, and bands into account. Luckily for you, we’ve put together this guide to buying an Apple Watch. We’ll talk about the actual models first, followed by the finishes and bands.

Apple Watch models

As far as the technology goes, there are two main versions of the Apple Watch — the Apple Watch Series 1 and the Apple Watch Series 2. Here’s a quick spec comparison of the two devices.

Apple Watch Series 1


Apple Watch Series 2


Processor S1P S2
Operating System watchOS3 watchOS3
Body (Dimensions) 1.65 x 1.41 x 0.41 inch 1.65 x 1.41 x 0.41 inch
Resolution (pixels) 272 x 340

390 x 312

272 x 340

390 x 312

Weight 50 grams 70 grams
CPU 520 MHz Dual Core
Screen Sapphire crystal glass Ion-X strengthened glass (aluminum cases)

Sapphire crystal glass (stainless steel and ceramic cases)

GPS Enabled No Yes
Waterproof Splash resistant only Waterproof up to 50 meters
Available Ceramic Casing No Yes
Display OLED Retina display with Force Touch (450 nits) Second-generation OLED Retina display with Force Touch (1,000 nits)

As you can see, there aren’t that many differences between the two devices, but the changes are key. For example, the Apple Watch Series 2 adds features such as GPS and waterproofing for up to 50 meters.

What does that mean for you if you’re buying a new Apple Watch? If you’re someone that tends to run or walk a lot and you don’t want to carry your phone around for GPS all the time, then you’re probably going to want to buy the Series 2. The same goes for those who swim or do a lot of water sports and want the Apple Watch to track those activities. If, however, you don’t think you’ll need waterproofing and don’t care about GPS, perhaps save a little cash and stick to the Series 1 Apple Watch.

Related: Apple’s waterproof Watch Series 2 also gets faster, brighter, and has GPS

Once you’ve chosen the device you want to go with, you’re going to want to choose a size — either 38- or 42-millimeter. Most talk about the sizes as ‘men’s’ or ‘women’s’ sizes, but in reality, their targeted at those with large wrists and those with small wrists. In other words, if you’re a man with a particularly small wrist, you may want to think about going with the smaller device instead. Likewise, if you’re a woman with a wrist that’s larger than average, you might be better suited with the larger Apple Watch. If you’re somewhere in between, hit the Apple Store and try on a few devices to see which size is more comfortable.

You’ll probably notice that when you go to the Apple Watch website, you have more options than simply ‘Series 1’ or ‘Series 2.’ There’s more to each model than the technology under the hood, after all, and the array of finishes and bands allow you to customize the look and feel of your Apple Watch to your liking.

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