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How to order the Apple Watch Series 6 and Apple Watch SE

The Apple Watch Series 6 and Apple Watch SE are now available from numerous retail outlets around the globe. Whichever model suits your fancy, you can go ahead and order it now directly from Apple’s website or at places like Best Buy, Amazon, Walmart, Adorama, B&H, and many more retail outlets.

The Apple Watch Series 6 is a direct upgrade to the Series 5, packing some distinctive new high-level features but maintaining the same form factor and price tag. The 40mm GPS model — the cheapest one in the product line — starts at $399, while the 44mm model starts at $429 for its lowest price. An extra $100 for either buys you the cellular model.

Of course, Black Friday is just around the corner, so keep an eye out for great Black Friday Apple Watch deals along with the biggest Black Friday deals.

Buying from Apple

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Apple is the best place to buy your new Apple Watch because it offers all the different models and variations. Here’s what’s currently available.

Apple Watch Series 6

The Series 6 has new color and finish options, a more powerful dual-core S6 processor, and an improved, always-on Retina display that’s twice as bright as the previous model. Improved specs make this watch 20% faster than its predecessor, and it can now detect blood oxygen levels, a sought-after new feature that recent watch models are starting to add. It also has sleep-tracking capabilities. Then, there’s the new Apple Solo Loop, a comfortable, seamless band, which comes in nine sizes and eliminates irritating closures and buckles.

Apple Watch Series 6 in Space Gray/Blue Aluminum Case with Braided Solo Loop

  • Space Gray/Blue Aluminum Case with Braided Solo Loop (40mm): $18.70/mo. or $449 (GPS), $22.87/mo. or $549 (GPS/Cellular)
  • Space Gray/Blue Aluminum Case with Braided Solo Loop (44mm): $19.95/mo. or $479 (GPS), $24.12/mo. or $579 (GPS/Cellular)

Apple Watch Series 6 in Gold/Silver/Space Gray Aluminum Case

  • Gold/Silver/Space Gray Aluminum Case (Sport Loop, Solo Loop, Sport Band) (40mm): $16.62/mo. or $399 (GPS), $20.79/mo. or $499 (GPS/Cellular)
  • Gold/Silver/Space Gray Aluminum Case (Sport Loop, Solo Loop, Sport Band) (44mm): $17.87/mo. or $429 (GPS), $22.04/mo. or $529 (GPS/Cellular)

Apple Watch Series 6 in Gold/Silver Stainless Steel Case with Sport Band

  • Gold/Silver Stainless Steel Case with Sport Band (40mm): $29.12/mo. or $699 (GPS/Cellular)
  • Gold/Silver Stainless Steel Case with Sport Band (44mm): $31.20/mo. or $749 (GPS/Cellular)

Apple Watch Series 6 in Gold/Silver/Graphite Stainless Steel Case

  • Gold/Silver/Graphite Stainless Steel Case (Leather Link, Milanese Loop, (40mm): $31.20/mo. or $749 (GPS/Cellular)
  • Gold/Silver/Graphite Stainless Steel Case (Leather Link, Leather Loop, Milanese Loop) (44mm): $33.29/mo. or $799 (GPS/Cellular)

Apple Watch Series 6 in Silver Stainless Steel Case with Modern Buckle

  • Silver Stainless Steel Case with Modern Buckle (40mm): $33.29/mo. or $799 (GPS/Cellular)

Apple Watch SE

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The Apple Watch SE is a totally new line of devices designed for those who do not need high-end features or the price tag that goes along with them. The SE model — also available in 40mm and 44mm sizes — starts at $279 for the GPS version. The cellular model, which you will need for features like location tracking for kids, starts at $329.

The Apple Watch SE is a more affordable option that looks identical to the Series 6 but leaves out the advanced sensors and athletic features. It’s not exactly a stripped-down version, despite its lower price, but it may be more desirable than the Apple Watch 3 model that the company is still selling on its website for $199.

  • Gold/Silver/Space Gray Aluminum Case (Dolo Loop, Sport Loop, Sport Band) (40mm): $11.62per month or $279 (GPS), $13.70per month or $329 (GPS/Cellular)
  • Gold/Silver/Space Gray Aluminum Case (Dolo Loop, Sport Loop, Sport Band) (44mm): $12.87per month or $309 (GPS), $14.95per month or $359 (GPS/Cellular)

Apple Watch Nike Series 6

  • Silver/Space Gray/ Aluminum Case (Nike Sport Band, Nike Sport Loop) (40mm): $16.62/mo. or $399 (GPS), $20.79/mo. or $499 (GPS/Cellular)
  • Silver/Space Gray/ Aluminum Case (Nike Sport Band, Nike Sport Loop) (44mm): $54.12/mo. or $1,299 (GPS/Cellular)
  • Silver Stainless Steel Case with Single Tour Deployment Buckle (44mm): $62.45/mo. or $1,499 (GPS/Cellular)

Apple Watch Nike SE

  • Space Gray/Silver/Aluminum Case (Nike Sport Loop, Nike Sport Band) (40mm): $16.62/mo. or $399 (GPS), $20.79/mo. or $499 (GPS/Cellular)
  • Space Gray/Silver/Aluminum Case (Nike Sport Loop, Nike Sport Band) (44mm): $17.87/mo. or $429, $22.04/mo. or $529

Apple Watch Hermès

  • Silver/Space Black Stainless Steel Case with Attelage Double Tour (40mm): $58.29/mo. or $1,399 (GPS/Cellular)
  • Silver/Space Black Stainless Steel Case with Attelage Single Tour (40mm): $52.04/mo. or $1249 (GPS/Cellular)
  • Silver / Space Black Stainless Steel Case with Attelage Single Tour (44mm): $54.12/mo. or $1,299 (GPS/Cellular)
  • Silver Stainless Steel Case with Single Tour Deployment Buckle (44mm): $62.45/mo. or $1,499 (GPS/Cellular)

To buy the Apple Watch 6, visit Apple’s site here.

To buy the Apple Watch SE, visit Apple’s site here.

Apple is the most reliable place to grab a new Apple Watch, but you can also buy your watch from other carriers and retailers. We recommend giving them a look, because carriers sometimes offer deals you won’t find from Apple.

Buying from Carriers

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Buy from AT&T

  • Apple Watch Series 6 (40mm): Blue/Gold/Red/Silver/Space Gray Aluminum: $16.67/mo. or $499.99, Gold/Graphite/Silver Stainless: $23.34/mo. or $699.99
  • Apple Watch Series 6 (44mm): Blue/Gold/Red/Silver/Space Gray Aluminum: $17.67/mo. or $529.99, Gold/Graphite/Silver Stainless: $25/mo. or $749.99, Gold/Graphite/Silver Stainless (Milanese): $26.67/mo. or $799.99
  • Apple Watch 6 SE (40mm): Gold/Silver/Space Gray Aluminum (Sport): $11/mo. or $329.99
  • Apple Watch 6 SE (44mm): Gold/Silver/Space Gray Aluminum (Sport): $12/mo. or $359.99

To buy the Apple Watch 6, visit AT&T’s site here.

To buy the Apple Watch SE, visit AT&T’s site here.

Buy from T-Mobile/Sprint

  • Apple Watch Series 6 (40mm): Blue/Gold/Red/Silver/Space Gray Aluminum: $20.84/mo. or $499.99, Gold/Graphite/Silver Stainless: $20.84/mo. or $699.99
  • Apple Watch Series 6 (44mm): Blue/Gold/Red/Silver/Space Gray Aluminum: 22.09/mo. or $529.99, Gold/Graphite/Silver Stainless: $22/mo. or $749.99
  • Apple Watch SE (40mm): $13.75/mo. or $329.99
  • Apple Watch SE (44mm): $15/mo. or $359.99

To buy the Apple Watch 6 or Apple Watch SE visit T-Mobile’s site here.

Buy from Verizon

  • Apple Watch Series 6 (40mm): Silver, Space Gray, Gold, Red, Blue Aluminum: $20.83/mo. or $499.99, Graphite Stainless Steel: $31.24/mo. or $749.99, Silver/Gold Stainless Steel: $33.33/mo. or $799.99
  • Apple Watch Series 6 (44mm): Silver, Space Gray, Gold, Red, Blue Aluminum: $22.08/mo. or $529.99, Graphite Stainless Steel: $29.16/mo. or $699.99, Silver/Gold Stainless Steel: $31.24/mo. or $749.99
  • Apple Watch SE (40mm): $13.74/mo. or $329.99
  • Apple Watch SE (44mm): $14.99/mo. or $359.99

To buy the Apple Watch 6 or Apple Watch SE, visit Verizon’s site here.

Choosing specifications

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When choosing your Apple Watch, you will have to make all the specification decisions before completing your purchase, so it’s important to know what you want ahead of time — starting, of course, with which model you want — the full-featured Apple Watch 6 or the more consumer-oriented Apple Watch SE. There are few visual differences between the models — they look identical on the wrist — and mostly they have similar capabilities, except for a few key features, that account for their price differences.

Fit and finish: Whereas the Apple Watch 6 comes in aluminum, steel, and titanium with various colors and finishes, such as silver, gray, gold, blue, and red (aluminum); silver, graphite, and gold (stainless steel); and titanium and black (titanium), the SE has less variety with only silver, gray, and gold aluminum exteriors.

Always on: The Apple Watch 6 has an always-on face, that looks like a traditional wristwatch when your arm is by your side, with the face visible. With the SE model, you must lift your arm to view the face, which then automatically switches on, and then off, when you drop your arm.

Blood Oxygen Sensor: This extremely advanced piece of hardware is exclusive to the Apple Watch 6, facilitated by the device’s S6 chip. This oximeter can collect critical data about your breathing and blood circulation within seconds to help determine your respiratory and cardiac condition.

Network specs: You may want to use your Apple Watch as a standalone link to the world or continue to rely on your iPhone. For those who want to include cellular service with their watch, be sure to specify the correct model, as prices for cellular-capable watches are slightly higher than GPS-only models.

What else to buy with the Apple Watch

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It’s a good idea to order any accessories needed for using your Apple Watch, and we’ve made several lists of great Apple Watch accessories. If you’re looking for some of the best Apple Watch apps, check out our roundup. We’ve also put together a roundup of the best Apple Watch bands and straps, protective cases, and faces.

Looking for deals

If you are ordering an Apple Watch, but also really hoping for some sort of deal, there are a few steps to consider before you click the Buy button.

Trading in your old Apple Watch: With Apple, you can trade in any eligible device for credit toward your next purchase, or get an Apple Gift Card. All previous Apple Watch models are currently eligible for trade-in. Trading in an Apple Watch 5 will fetch you up to $190, while an Apple Watch 4 is worth up to $145. Series 1 to 3 can bring you between $30 and $85 to put toward a newer model.

Special offers from carriers: When you buy your watch from your carrier, you may also find some special offers. For example, if you buy your Apple Watch from AT&T, you can get $200 off a second watch. Verizon is offering $100+ off with select watch trade-ins and $100 off with an iPhone online purchase for a device in good condition and eligible plan. Alternately, Verizon is offering $250 off a second watch if you buy online. T-Mobile is offering an Apple Watch SE 40mm for $199 when you activate a new line.

Online store deals: Major online retailers like Target or Walmart, offer Apple device deals for the holidays, which generally involve gift cards.

Current deals to check out

Digital Trends keeps a close watch on all Apple Watch special offers. Here are a few we’ve posted so far.

Apple Watch SE — $230, was $279

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Apple Watch Series 6 — $350, was $399

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Apple Watch SE (44mm, GPS) — $260, was $309

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Apple Watch SE (44mm, GPS) — $260, was $309

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Apple Watch Series 6 — $379, was $399

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Apple Watch SE — $279, was $329

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