Apple Watch Series 1 in 2018/2019

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by rmoliv, Nov 6, 2018.

  1. rmoliv macrumors 6502a

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    There are very nice discounted stainless steel/milanese loop Series 1 on sale now, I'm wondering though whether it can fit my needs. I just want it to tell the time, monitor my heart rate, and not much else. What do you think, should I get one?
     
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    bodonnell202 macrumors 65816

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    There is no such thing as a Series 1 in stainless steel, it was only made in aluminum. Is it actually an original Apple Watch? Note that the original is not the same as Series 1, the original Apple Watch is sometimes referred to as Series 0 by the tech community. If it is an original it would have to be pretty steeply discounted to be worth it considering it hasn't been sold by Apple in more than 2 years and it no longer receives software support from Apple. That said it will tell time and track your heart rate.
     
  3. rmoliv thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    You are correct. It is advertised as Series 1. Must be an error. Thanks for the info. It’s at 259 euros.
     
  4. Purga macrumors member

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    The Series 1 was a refresh for the 1. Generation Aluminium-Sport Models that came out parallel to the back then newly introduced Series 2 watches.

    So I guess it is a Generation 1 Stainless Steel watch.
    I am still using one right now but have a newly Series 4 watch ordered.

    It still does it job, so for time keeping and sports it is all good. It is also fully water resistant. This was only advertised starting with the Series 2, but the first generation already was as water proof, just not officially. (I have been swimming and even diving with it plenty of times).
    With that said, i am yet taking the upgrade now with the Series 4 due to the larger screen and the faster speed for apps.
    Using third party applications is really slow with the first one, so that it really only is good for time keeping, sports and notifications. This, however, is anyway the main use cases for a smart watch.

    259€ is too expensive though. I have been watching the market recently since iam planning on selling mine. The price for a used stainless steel in good condition is about ~160€.
     
  5. rmoliv thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks for your input. Yes, it's a 1st gen 38mm stainless steel watch. Here's a picture of it:

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    I agree it's still a bit expensive given it doesn't support watchOS 5 and was released back in 2015, but it's brand new, sealed - and as beautiful as a Series 4 stainless steel/milanese combo.
    Besides a few notifications and heart rate, I will mainly use it as I would use any other "regular" watch, as a fashion accessory and to tell the time.
     
  6. Purga macrumors member

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    It is beautiful indeed, but keep in mind that you will be get a used one for 100€ less ;-)
    I recently bought a used black stainless steel watch for 259€ because it came with the genuine link bracelet (and because i wanted to test out whether I like the black color), knowing that I would just keep the band of it.

    If i was you, I would buy a used first generation to figure out whether you like the Apple Watch, you could then sell it again a year later for barely any loss in value. Unlike the aluminium models, used stainless steel one's can be polished and don't get any scratches on the saphire glass display.
     
  7. bodonnell202 macrumors 65816

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    Hmmm, now that I think of it a new milanese loop will run you 159 euros (I think) so it's almost like getting the watch for 100 euros. Doesn't sounds too bad when you put it like that. You could get a (new) series 3 aluminum for not much more that will be much faster, includes GPS, more advanced heart rate tracking, has better battery life and will receive software support from Apple for at least a couple more years, but it won't be the fancy stainless steel model with the milanese loop so I guess it depends what is most important to you.
     
  8. Purga macrumors member

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    That is a good point. If you are mainly looking for a stainless steel with the Milanese Loop, it could be considered a good deal!
     
  9. KrisLord macrumors 65832

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    The S0 is such a different experience to the modern S3 and S4.

    It looks prettier but it’s a poor user experience.

    I’d probably have said it’s worth €100 but as it’s brand new it’s probably worth a bit more (mainly for the band)

    Remember buying an older watch isn’t like buying an older iPhone like a 6S or 7 - it’s probably closer to buying a 4S or 5.
     
  10. douglasf13 macrumors 68000

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    I wouldn't buy it, to be honest. I'm still using a Series 0, but it's super slow and the battery life isn't good. Since I essentially only use the Watch for notifications, time and weather, I manage, but I'm planning on getting a new one soon.

    That being said, I do think the first one is the best looking, if that matters. lol
     
  11. rmoliv thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Yes it's 159 euros where I am. Definitely the loop and stainless steel case are what I value the most.

    I hope it is!

    Thankfully I won't be using it that much. I'll wear it more than actually use it (other than a few basic things).

    Me too.
     
  12. douglasf13 macrumors 68000

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    I've just gotta say, I just picked up my Series 4 after posting earlier, and, after using the Series 0 for three years, the difference in speed is insane. With the Series 0, you're often waiting on things after pressing a button, and the Series 4 more or less feels like a modern iPhone. If I was you, I'd at least look for something a little newer than the Series 0, unless you're very patient.

    p.s. the Series 0 still does look better with the screen off, though. :)
     

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