Apple just began offering refurbished units of the Apple Watch Series 8 and SE 2. Both wearables launched in autumn 2022, and shoppers can save as much as $80 by choosing a refurb unit.
These are primarily devices that consumers bought then returned so supplies are limited.
Apple Watch Series 8 and SE 2 refurbs come with sweet discounts
Buying a brand new Apple product feels nice and reassuring. But there’s also a lot to be said for saving money, and choosing a refurb unit will let you do that. Just be aware, buyers can only choose from the colors and band combinations that Apple has in stock.
Apple Watch Series 8 builds on its predecessor by adding a temperature sensor for tracking women’s health. Other improvements include a brighter display and car crash detection.
The 41mm version ordinarily sells for $499, but a refurbished unit bought from Apple is $419, a savings of $80. The 45mm version ordinarily goes for $529, while a refurb is $449. Again, that’s $80 off.
The Apple Watch SE 2 is already aimed at budget buyers, and refurbished units are an even better deal. The regular cost is $329 but Apple offers refurbs at $279 — that’s $50 off.
Before anyone asks, no, there are no Apple Watch Ultra refurb units available yet.
What is ‘refurbished’?
When someone buys a product from Apple then returns it, it is resold after going through a refurbishment process.
Apple says each unit comes with a “one-year warranty, free delivery and returns.” It’s cleaned and undergoes full functional testing, then gets repackaged with appropriate manuals and cables.
Want to know more? Read the Cult of Mac guide on why you should buy Apple Certified Refurbished products.