The Apple Watch Ultra burst onto the multi-sport watch scene in January 2023, winning rave reviews for features like its two-day battery life and convenient action button. But while reviewers and Apple fans generally agree that the Apple Watch Ultra is great, it comes with a high price tag, selling in Australia for $1299 outright. With the Apple Watch Ultra 2 already rumoured to arrive in September this year, you may be wondering if it’s already possible to get your hands on a second-hand Apple Watch Ultra for a lower cost.
Whether you’ve had an Apple Watch before or you’re thinking of buying your first one, the Apple Watch Ultra is a strong choice. It has all the regular benefits of an Apple Watch Series 8 (released in September 2022), like music streaming and an S8 chip, but with added benefits like a handy Action button and a level of water resistance that supports scuba diving.
The internet makes it easy to find used Apple Watch Ultras and other second-hand smart devices at surprisingly affordable prices. But with so many options out there, a new challenge arises: how do you make sure you get what you paid for and that it comes with a level of quality you can trust?
Refurbished devices are different from other previously owned devices. A manufacturer or reseller has checked the quality of these devices, factory reset them and tested them extensively to ensure every component still works. Refurbished devices usually offer higher levels of quality than regularly used devices while still having the same benefits, like being more affordable and saving an existing device from a landfill. It’s no wonder so many customers are noticing and making the switch.
Where do you find a refurbished Apple Watch in Australia? This article addresses the best place to find that and other refurbished devices and the benefits of a second-hand Apple Watch Ultra.
The Difference Between The Normal Apple Watch & The Ultra
The very first Apple Watch was released in 2015, following Apple’s announcement of the device the previous year. Representing Apple’s shift in focus to fitness features, it became a huge bestseller and scored a place on Time Magazine’s ‘Best 25 Inventions of 2014’ list. Over the following years, Apple took the smartwatch to the next level with each new release, adding additional fitness features. In 2017, the Apple Watch became a watch you could leave your phone behind while wearing with the introduction of features that let you take calls, interact with Siri and stream music while exercising. In 2018, Apple upped their smartwatch game even further by introducing lifesaving safety features like Fall Detection.
Apple introduced three new watches during its September 2022 launch: the Apple Watch Ultra, the Apple Watch Series 8 and the Apple Watch SE. The Apple Watch Series 8 went on sale that same month, while the larger, more expensive Apple Watch Ultra came out a few months later.
Here are some key differences between the Apple Watch Ultra and the Apple Watch Series 8. If you like the sound of these features, then it’s likely a second-hand Apple Watch Ultra is the device for you.
Two-day battery life
If having to charge your device constantly drives you nuts, the Apple Watch Ultra can be your salvation. It has the best battery life of any Apple Watch released so far, lasting as long as 60 hours on low power settings.
The Action button
With a second-hand Apple Watch Ultra, there’s no need to stab at the screen with sweaty fingers in the middle of your workout. The ‘Action’ button is a large button on the side of the watch that has a number of uses. You can use it to mark segments, switch from one leg of a race to the next, activate a siren, pause your workout or activate a shortcut or activate a shortcut to an app, which opens up a whole world of potential actions.
A larger screen
The Apple Watch Ultra is 49mm and 61.3 grams, as opposed to the 45mm and 51.5 grams of the Series 8. It doesn’t feel particularly heavy, though, thanks in part to the silver titanium casing.
A brighter screen
The Apple Watch Ultra cranks the brightness up to 2,000 nits for a clear and sharp picture, even in sunshine.
Wearing the Apple Watch Ultra, you can swim and scuba dive to depths of up to 40 metres. You can also track features like depth, water temperature and the time you’ve spent in the water.
Additional safety features
Both the Apple Watch Ultra and the Series 8 have features for the benefit of your health and safety, like body temperature and heart rate sensors. The Ultra, however, comes with bonuses like a Depth Gauge and an inbuilt 86dB siren.
Automatic multiband GPS
You don’t have to go into the settings of your Apple Watch Ultra to select multi-band GPS – it automatically chooses it, which gives you better accuracy in built-up environments from inner-city streets to forests.
If you’re looking for an Apple refurbished watch in Australia, a second-hand Apple Watch Ultra is a terrific bet.
Things to Look Out for When Buying a Used Apple Watch
Buying a used Apple Watch Ultra has many of the same benefits that come with buying any other kind of refurbished device: it’s more affordable, easy to go on the internet and better for the environment, helping to reduce the growing problem of e-waste. Still, there are a few important things to check when you buy a refurbished Apple Watch in Australia:
The serial number
By checking the serial number online, you can receive a report on your smartwatch that fills you in on its current status and its authenticity.
The battery health
The battery for any electronic device tends to degrade with time. When you buy a used Apple Watch Ultra online via a private sale, there’s always the risk that the battery won’t live up to the standard you hoped for or expected.
Speakers and microphones
From taking calls on the fly to listening to music while you jog, there are so many reasons you need the speakers and mics on your second-hand Apple Watch Ultra to be in good working order.
You may be able to live with a few dents or chips on a used device if the price is right. But sometimes you won’t know if that watch you just bought online has a dealbreaker like a cracked screen until it arrives in the post.
Does your second-hand Apple Watch Ultra come with a warranty included just in case it’s faulty or doesn’t meet your expectations?
Buying a refurbished Apple Watch in Australia is the most effective way to avoid most of these issues.
Is There a Warranty for Refurbished Apple Watches?
When you buy a used Apple Watch Ultra through OzMobiles, you receive a warranty that covers you for 12 months plus a 30-day money-back guarantee.
In the unlikely event that something goes wrong or you don’t get what you paid for, you’re fully covered with an OzMobiles purchase.
Get your Second hand Apple Watch Ultra at OzMobiles
An Australian-owned and operated company, all of our devices are tested at our Melbourne headquarters using our 72-point testing process. We’ll erase all the previous owner’s data, make sure the device isn’t lost or stolen and guarantee it lives up to the standards you’d expect in Australia.
To find out more, get in touch with the OzMobiles team!