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Apple Watch SE just crashed to $199 in this epic smartwatch deal

Apple Watch SE Black Friday deal
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The verdict is out and the new Apple Watch SE 2022 is the ultimate Apple Watch value. However, if $249 is still too rich for your blood, Walmart just knocked the Apple Watch SE (2020) to a new price low. 

For a limited time, you can get the Apple Watch SE (2020/GPS/40mm) on sale for just $199 at Walmart (opens in new tab). That's the lowest price we've ever seen for this model and one of the best Apple Watch deals available. Meanwhile, the new Apple Watch SE (2022/GPS/44mm) is also on sale for $269 (opens in new tab) at Amazon, which is a modest $10 off, but the first deal we've seen on Apple's new watch. 

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Apple Watch SE (2020/GPS/40mm): $279 $199 @ Walmart (opens in new tab)
The Apple Watch SE (2020) is Apple's (previous-gen) mid-tier smartwatch. It features the same chip found in the Apple Watch 5, but sports a bigger screen than the Apple Watch 3. It supports Emergency SOS calling, fall detection, and features a built-in compass and always-on altimeter. It's now at its lowest price ever. Amazon offers the same price (opens in new tab), but stock is fluctuating.

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Apple Watch SE (2022/GPS/44mm): $279 $269 @ Amazon (opens in new tab)
The new Apple Watch SE sports a modern processor (S8), Crash Detection capability, and watchOS 9. It's also priced from $249, which is $30 cheaper than last year's model. In our Apple Watch SE 2022 review (opens in new tab), we called it the best Apple Watch value you'll find.

Not sure which watch to get? You can start by reading our Apple Watch SE vs Apple Watch SE 2 guide. The previous-gen Apple Watch SE is great if you want a balanced combination of affordability and useful features. It's essentially a hybrid of the Apple Watch Series 5 and Apple Watch Series 4.

However, keep in mind that the Apple Watch SE (2022)'s performance is noticeably more sharp than the original Apple Watch SE's. That's due to the fact that it's been updated from the S5 chipset to the S8 chipset, which is the same chip powering the new Apple Watch Series 8.

That said, both the 2020 and 2022 models lack ECG support, blood oxygen reader, and the new skin temperature sensor found in Series 8 and Apple Watch Ultra. That means no sleep tracking and no cycle tracking. 

So it really comes down to how much you want to spend on your watch. But we recommend you act fast as the $199 Apple Watch SE 2020 will likely not last long. 

As deals editor at Tom’s Guide, Louis is constantly looking for ways to avoid paying full price for the latest gadgets. With over 10 years of deals-hunting experience, Louis price checks against multiple retailers and searches high and low for the best deals to bring readers. A born-and-bred New Yorker, Louis is also an avid swimmer and marathoner. His work has appeared on Gizmodo, CNET, and Time Out New York.