Undoubtedly, Black Friday is always one of the best times of year to pick up any sort of bargain. But it’s smartwatches and fitness trackers that we specialise in here at Wareable, so you can be sure we know how to separate a genuine Black Friday discount from an absolute dud.
Black Friday 2019 – which this year falls on 29 November – is guaranteed to bring discounts on smartwatches from every brand, including Apple, Samsung, Fossil, Fitbit and Garmin.
We’ll also be keeping this page updated during the entirety of Black Friday 2019. We say that because Black Friday has blown up beyond just a single day, so expect discounts for the entire week starting on Monday 25 November and through to Cyber Monday 2019 on Monday 2 December.
As we’ve been right here keeping an eye on the best Black Friday smartwatch deals for the last few years, it also means we’re expertly placed to predict just what sort of deals you can expect. So if you want to know what to look out for, keep on reading.
Once Black Friday 2019 arrives, we’ll also be using this page to bring you only the very best smartwatch deals.
Apple Watch Black Friday
In a nutshell, we expect the older Apple Watch Series 3 to drop as low as $150 for the 38mm GPS model. That’s because the Series 3 just received an official price cut to $199 and is still being sold alongside the Apple Watch Series 5.
We don’t think the Series 5 will see a substantial price cut because it’s so new. There’s a chance Apple will run a gift card promotion where you get a free voucher alongside a purchase from the Apple Store as it has done in previous years, but that might be the best you’ll see.
The Series 4 will likely get big discounts as retailers clear stock on the discontinued model. It could mean the 40mm GPS model drops as low as $259, as that’s the price the Series 3 dropped to last year.
Fitbit Black Friday
Between its smartwatches and fitness trackers, Fitbit has a raft of devices primed for a Black Friday discount. A lot of the devices that were widely on sale for Black Friday 2018 have now been discontinued and replaced with newer models, so it’s not that helpful to look back a year.
However, the Fitbit Prime Day 2019 sale is a good indicator of what to expect from Black Friday 2019. For Prime Day, we saw the Fitbit Versa Lite drop to $108.70 (-$46.72), the Fitbit Ionic drop to just $169.95 (-$80) and the Fitbit Inspire drop to $49.95 (-$20.28) so those are clearly the prices to beat.
We wouldn’t be too surprised to see the new Fitbit Versa 2 get its first price drop, too. The Fitbit Charge 3 has commonly been on sale for as low as the $119.99 mark this year as well.
Garmin Black Friday
Garmin might not be who you think of when it comes to smartwatches, but its been increasingly packing in smartwatch features into its sports watches.
Garmin has just launched a whole new range of running watches and smartwatches at IFA last month, so older models are almost certainly going to get a discount for Black Friday 2019.
The Vivoactive 3 and Vivoactive 3 Music in particular are models we’re keeping an eye on. Last year the former dropped to $212.49 (-$88) but we’ve already seen it on sale for just $179.99 now that the Vivoactive 4 is out. It also dropped to $150 for Garmin Prime Day, so that’s the price we expect to see it at again – if perhaps even lower.
Other discounts we’re bound to see include the Fenix 5 because the Fenix 6 range is now out. There was a massive discount on the Fenix 5 last Black Friday, bringing it down to $299.99 (-$250). Could it go even lower this year?
Samsung Black Friday
The Samsung Galaxy Watch dropped to $249 last year, so that’s the price we fully expect Black Friday 2019 to beat this year.
Similarly, the Samsung Gear Sport was discounted to $179, a price it’s stayed relatively consistently at throughout the year. That could mean a discount to around $150 this Black Friday.
The Galaxy Watch Active was quickly replaced by the Galaxy Watch Active 2 only after a few months, so the older model is highly likely to get some big discounts if any retailers still have stock to clear. Samsung also likes to bundle its wearables with other devices like its smartphones.
The Samsung Gear Fit2 Pro was on sale for $149.99 last year, but we’ve already seen it being sold as low as $120 at certain points. We’re hoping for a discounted price of around $100 to really make this fitness tracker appealing.
Fossil Black Friday
Fossil and the wider Fossil Group has just launched a whole bunch of Gen 5 Wear OS smartwatches, so that all but guarantees older watches will go on sale. Last year, the Fossil Q Marshal went down to $127.50 from $275 – an absolutely massive discount. The Fossil Q Venture also dropped by $82.
We’ve also already seen the Fossil Sport on sale throughout the year for as low as $150, so it’s going to need something special for Black Friday.
Wear OS Black Friday
Elsewhere in the world of Wear OS smartwatches, the sale event favorite Huawei Watch 2 is almost certainly going to go on sale (again). While the smartwatch is showing its age a little, it still proves immensely popular every Black Friday and Prime Day.
The TicWatch range is known for its budget-friendly price point, and that’s even more true when they go on discount. Expect to see the TicWatch E2 and TicWatch S2 both go on sale. Last year’s models were 40% off for Black Friday, so fingers crossed for something similar this year.
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