Apple tends to keep a few different Apple Watch models available. Generally, the most recent version gets all the attention, and the previous generation sticks around at a lower price. In September 2020, however, Apple debuted two new models: the Apple Watch SE and the Series 6. The budget-oriented Apple Watch SE, our top Apple Watch pick, emerged as an option that—even in new condition—immediately beat previous-generation pricing, without sacrificing features. So we consider it to be the best option for most people. We think the Series 6 is overkill for many, and some previous generations in new condition are worth your time if pricing is good enough. However, the SE’s recent sale price of $230 (40mm) is tough to compete with, unless you need ECG or an always-on display, which the Series 6 offers. We recommend that you avoid the Series 3 if you see it on sale. But for anything newer, note that Apple Watches don’t change much year to year. And more-basic, older models can still perform all the core functions, such as tracking your fitness, providing message notifications, giving you quick access to frequently used apps like Alarms or Cycle Tracking, and, of course, showing you the time.