Apple Watch Series 9 Colors and Finishes: Which Should You Choose? (2024)

by Hartley Charlton

The Apple Watch Series 9 is available in a range of color options and finishes, with an entirely new hue available alongside some popular classics.

Apple Watch Series 9 Colors and Finishes: Which Should You Choose? (1)
The ‌Apple Watch Series 9‌ is available in a total of nine colors, one of which is a brand new shade, and two distinct finishes. With an aluminum casing, the ‌Apple Watch Series 9‌'s five available color options are:

  • Pink
  • Starlight
  • Silver
  • Midnight
  • (PRODUCT)RED

Starlight, Silver, Midnight, and (PRODUCT)RED were all available on last year's Series 8 models. The only difference with this year's aluminum models is a new soft pink color.

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Apple's Silver anodized aluminum finish has been available on the company's devices for well over a decade, while Starlight is a warmer shade of silver that subtly angles toward gold or champagne. Midnight is effectively black with a hint of dark blue or navy. Each of the color options has a matching Apple Watch band, except for silver, since it is easily matched with so many other Apple Watch bands.

The ‌Apple Watch Series 9‌ is also available with a polished stainless steel casing in four different color options:

  • Silver
  • Gold
  • Graphite
  • Space Black (Apple Watch Hermès only)

This selection of stainless steel finishes is identical to the previous generation's offerings. While stainless steel is heavier than aluminum, it is much harder and more durable. It may be more liable to scratch due to its polished finish, but they can be buffed out like a conventional watch or an item of jewelry.

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The stainless steel Apple Watch offers a more high-end, fashion-forward aesthetic, especially when paired with a premium band like the Modern Buckle. The Apple Watch Hermès takes the stainless steel Apple Watch to the next level with exclusive watch faces and ultra-premium bands.

The aluminum ‌Apple Watch Series 9‌ starts at $399, while the stainless steel model costs $699. The only difference between the casings other than their material and weight is the front crystal, which is upgraded from Ion-X strengthened glass to sapphire crystal on the stainless steel model.

How to Decide on an Apple Watch Color

It is important to consider which band you plan to use with your Apple Watch to ensure that they complement each other. You may prefer more neutral tones such as Midnight or Silver, and then use a more colorful band. Alternatively, you could choose a more striking device color like Pink, and then use a more neutral band. This is also a key consideration if you plan to switch bands regularly.

Silver on both the aluminum and stainless steel models may age better over time as new devices are released since they are more neutral, monochrome shades, and have been offered across multiple Apple Watch generations.

Pink could be a good choice, especially when combined with the Pink Sport Band, for a bold look, especially if you also have a Pink iPhone 15 or ‌iPhone 15‌ Plus. If you want an Apple Watch in a brand new shade, Pink is also the only option. It is the color that is most noticeably new and indicates that you have the latest-generation device.

Your choice of color may also be dependent on how often you upgrade your ‌Apple Watch. If you upgrade every year or two, you may be more confident in buying a more striking new color. If you upgrade more often, it can be a good idea to get a different color every time since a new color can certainly add some novelty to purchasing a new ‌Apple Watch and make it feel more different from your previous device. Alternatively, if you plan to keep your ‌Apple Watch for many years and upgrade less often, it may be wiser to consider a neutral color or one that is more similar to one you have enjoyed previously.

Customers with multiple Apple devices may also want to get an Apple Watch color that complements their other devices. For example, if you have a Midnight HomePod and MacBook Air, it will be best complemented by the Midnight ‌Apple Watch Series 9‌. If you already have a Gold iPhone 14 Pro, it will likely be best accompanied by a Gold stainless steel ‌Apple Watch Series 9‌. Likewise, if you have a Starlight Apple Watch, it will obviously match the Starlight ‌iPhone 14‌ and iPad mini.

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Top Rated Comments

yetanotherdave

9 months ago

Product Red is available? Maybe just not in the US?

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ugahairydawgs

9 months ago


I wonder why (PRODUCT)RED is being phased out everywhere? It was a nice vibrant color.

It wasn't.

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bookcase

9 months ago

The S9 (PRODUCT)RED is available online. I'm in the U.S.

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c84216

9 months ago


There are FOUR colors

OMG if that's the TNG reference I think it is I'm absolutely WHEEZING. Well done!

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c84216

9 months ago

I came here to say the same. I've been eyeing a Red S9. Its definitely available...even for pickup in store today!

Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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FAQs

What is the best color for the Apple Watch 9? ›

The most popular Watch Series 9 45mm color is Midnight, favored by 74% of buyers.

Which is the most popular Apple Watch Colour? ›

If you have cool undertones, you tend to look best in colours that are jewel-toned, such as royal blue, emerald green, or deep purple. For your Apple Watch, you can consider colours like Silver, or Midnight for the aluminium models or Silver or graphite if you are opting for the more premium stainless steel variety.

Is the series 9 Apple Watch worth it? ›

The bottom line: The Apple Watch Series 9 is a worthwhile upgrade over the Series 5. The performance benefits that come with upgrading from a 4-year-old chip will feel substantial, and there are plenty of new features that make the Series 9 feel significantly different.

What's the difference between a silver and starlight Apple Watch? ›

A: Hello, the starlight and silver of this metal apple watch band are two different colors, the silver will be brighter, the starlight will be darker than the silver and the yellow tone, similar to light bronze.

What is the most popular watch color? ›

From all the different colors discussed in the article black is the most common one. Black dials have a market share of ~40% from the mid 1960s onwards.

Which color watch should I get? ›

Overall, the color of your watch face will come down to your style, your daily use of the watch, and what colors you tend to pull out of your closet. But if we had to choose, we would say that a black watch face is the most versatile color to choose. Black watch faces blend well with almost any color.

What is Apple's most popular color? ›

It's interesting to note that the iPhone 14 pro most-selling color, deep purple, is the boldest choice among the colors offered. This may be the start of a new consumer trend towards more vibrant color schemes. For most of the other iPhone models, the most popular color is a variant of black.

What color watch goes with everything for ladies? ›

As a neutral color, white makes a versatile watch dial color for almost any outfit – it's hard to go wrong with white. However, as it gives a clean and crisp view, a slight scratch is very noticeable which is disturbing for some people. If you don't mind this issue, white is the way to go to stay in fashion.

Does Starlight Band get dirty? ›

Sport band is easy to clean with mild soap and water. I have only used sport bands, the back of the Watch gets dirtier than the bands.

Can I shower with my Apple Watch 9? ›

Not only is the Apple Watch Series 9 designed to be attractive and look great on your wrist, it's also more durable than ever. Plus, it's waterproof. Wear the watch in the shower, while swimming, or even while snorkeling or scuba diving (down to a depth of 50 meters).

What is special about the Apple Watch Series 9? ›

Custom Apple silicon makes Apple Watch Series 9 more capable, more intuitive, and faster. The dual-core CPU has 5.6 billion transistors — 60 percent more than the S8 chip. A four-core Neural Engine processes machine learning tasks up to two times faster.

Can you text on the Apple Watch Series 9? ›

In the Messages app on Apple Watch, read incoming text messages, then reply using dictation, Scribble, emoji, or a prepared response; type a reply using the QWERTY and QuickPath keyboard (on supported models only, not available in all languages); or switch to your iPhone to type a response.

Is starlight color good? ›

Starlight offers a classic and elegant look with its subtle silver tones, while green brings a vibrant and eye-catching touch. Versatility: Consider how the color will complement your accessories and personal items. Starlight is generally a neutral shade that pairs well with a variety of cases and accessories.

Is starlight color gold? ›

Apple's Silver anodized aluminum finish has been available on the company's devices for well over a decade, while Starlight is a warmer shade of silver that subtly angles toward gold or champagne.

What color is the Starlight Apple Watch 9? ›

Apple's Silver anodized aluminum finish has been available on the company's devices for well over a decade, while Starlight is a warmer shade of silver that subtly angles toward gold or champagne. Midnight is effectively black with a hint of dark blue or navy.

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