Since its launch in 2015, the design of Apple Watch has hardly changed. It is very difficult to distinguish one model from another. This can be a problem, especially if you want to buy a used smartwatch. However, with a few tips, it is quite easy to identify an Apple Watch model.
Recognize your Apple Watch model thanks to the number engraved on the back of the dial
The apple brand attaches great importance to the design of its products. Minimalist, the Apple Watch is sleek and universal. It passes fashions and generations without taking a wrinkle. This is undoubtedly the main reason for its success.
However, with each renewal of the range, the exterior changes are discreet. We especially note the appearance of a larger screen from series 4. The dial thus passes from 38 to 40 mm for the small model. Only a trained eye will be able to differentiate an older model.
But rest assured, each Apple Watch model has an engraving on the back of the case. It contains various information such as the size of the case in millimeters, the serial number and the material used for the case.
Each Apple Watch has a digital crown also called Digital Crown. You can tell if your watch has an eSIM just by looking at the digital crown. Indeed on the models called Cellular, the latter is surmounted by a circle or a red point.
Use the Watch app to identify your connected watch model
Do you want to know which series your Apple Watch belongs to? The easiest way to identify a Apple watch is to retrieve the model number directly from the application installed on your iPhone. The operation will not take you more than 30 seconds.
- Open the Watch app on your iPhone
- Click on the My Watch tab
- Select the General option
- Press the About button
- This screen will display various technical information about your watch
- Look for the line titled Model
- Click on it to retrieve the ID of your connected watch. The latter usually begins with the letter A followed by a series of 4 digits
This is the model number of your Apple Watch. Thanks to this precious information, you will know which series your watch belongs to. Use the table below for help.
- A1553: Apple Watch 1st generation with 38mm case
- A1554: Apple Watch 1st generation with 42mm case
- A1802: Apple Watch Series 1, 38mm
- A1803: Apple Watch Series 1, 42mm
- A1757: Apple Watch Series 2, 38mm
- A1758: Apple Watch Series 2, 42mm
- A1816: Apple Watch Edition Series 2, 38mm
- A1817: Apple Watch Edition Series 2, 42mm
- A1858: Apple Watch GPS Series 3, 38mm
- A1859: Apple Watch GPS Series 3, 42mm
- A1860, A1889, A1890: Apple Watch GPS series 3 + cellular, 38 mm
- A1861, A1891, A1892: Apple Watch GPS series 3 + cellular, 42 mm
If you cannot find your watch model in the table below, I invite you to enter the identification number in a search engine. You will find all the information you need there. Note that this serial number only gives partial information about the watch. Impossible to use it to know the material of the case, nor the type of glass or the water resistance.