Apple Watches vary in price depending on what you want from them. There is a lot of similarity between the Series 8 and the Series 7 from last year.  Do not worry if you own a Series 7 or even a Series 6 from two years ago.

Watch OS 9 also supports Apple Watches dating back to Series 4, so you'll be able to take advantage of several great features like workouts and sleep cycles.

For your first smartwatch, I recommend the Apple Watch SE. I own a first-generation SE and it gives you 80% of what the latest Apple Watch has, but without the sensors for blood oxygen and temperature monitoring and an always-on display.  In addition, it's cheaper at $249.

So who is the Apple Watch for? Hopefully you won't have to use Crash Detection (because hopefully you won't need it).  Maybe you'd like to use the temperature sensor for family planning. If you have an older watch, it might be time to upgrade.

You won't find a better smartwatch in these cases.