Fossil has long offered Wear OS smartwatches in a broader range of designs than other brands, bringing standardized features to diverse styles. Nevertheless, the brand’s most recent sixth-generation models were released back in 2021, and are now falling behind the top Wear OS watches.
Unfortunately, in January 2024 the company announced its departure from the smartwatch space, meaning there are no new Fossil watches on the way.
Existing models will receive support and updates for “the next few years,” so existing owners haven’t been entirely abandoned — and if you decide to purchase a new Fossil watch today, it should still receive occasional software updates for a little while yet. Of course, with Google and Samsung devices also built on the Android platform, there are likely to be upgraded alternatives to these Fossil models coming to the marketplace in the coming months and years.
There is some good news. Fossil enthusiasts may find the company’s remaining smartwatches at a deeply discounted price, and with that in mind we’re leaving our ranking of the best Fossil smartwatches intact: if you really want to purchase one, and find it at a great price, here are the models we’d suggest. However, for most people a Fossil is no longer the best buy, and you should look at more modern alternatives from companies that are sticking with smartwatches.
The best Fossil smartwatches around
Fossil Gen 6 Wellness Edition
Best looking smartwatch
$99 $299 Save $200
Get yourself into shape with this great-looking Fossil Smartwatch that’ll run with either iOS or Android devices. It doesn’t have a huge amount of utility, a common theme with Fossil Gen 6 watches, thanks to its bare-bones app selection, but it’s one of the best-looking watches in this category and price range.
- Looks fantastic
- Android and iOS compatibility
The Gen 6 appears frequently on this list, and that’s because Fossil and its selected partners are getting plenty of mileage out of the product line – and since it looks this good, it’s easy to understand why. The stainless steel design is sleek and looks much closer to a traditional timepiece thanks to its circular face.
The Gen 6 Wellness Edition marks the debut of Google’s Wear OS on the platform, and it runs well here with a Snapdragon Wear 4100+ chip that ensures minimal slowdown when moving through Google’s OS. The thing that gives it that ‘Wellness Edition’ moniker is constant heart rate monitoring (the prior, ‘non-wellness’ version makes the process much more focused on users triggering it).
It also runs with iOS devices, so the Gen 6 Wellness Edition is still worth a look if you’re skipping the Apple Watch.
Wear OS brings a host of apps to the platform, but you’ll naturally get less mileage from those if you pair the watch to your iPhone instead. Similarly, don’t expect a whole host of Apple and third-party iOS apps to work with the Fossil outside the usual suspects like Strava. Expect to charge it daily, though, something that the Hybrid Wellness Edition handles much better.
Read our full Fossil Gen 6 Wellness Edition review.
Michael Kors Gen 6
Eye-catching, but pricy
$230 $245 Save $15
It’s the same Gen 6, but now with a much more eye-catching design. The Michael Kors Gen 6 may not bear the Fossil name, but it’s a Fossil device through and through — for better (the looks and fit) and for worse (the battery life).
- Still running Wear OS
- Looks great
- Might be a little ostentatious for some
- Battery life is still not great
As we’ve already touched on, the Fossil lineup doesn’t always bear the manufacturer’s name — and the Michael Kors Gen 6 is one such model. Look past the glitz, though, and you’ll find it’s a Gen 6, just like many of the others on this list.
That’s not necessarily bad — the Michael Kors facelift brings out even more reasons to be cheerful about the design, with much shinier versions that start with stainless steel and offer smaller diamonds on the pricier end of the spectrum. That allows for additional customization options, but it’s a little uncomfortable for those who prefer sleeker, more plastic-based bands. The metal ones here have been known to be less comfortable, particularly for sleep tracking.
Whichever one you pick up, there’s a blood pressure and heart rate monitor and a blood oxygen tracker, but wearing a heavy Michael Kors-adorned smartwatch when trying to hit a new personal best or lift weights might not be practical. In any case, it still packs the Snapdragon 4100+