Support for Apple Watch watch faces explained

The Apple Watch is more than an extension of the iPhone and is increasingly independent. Not only health is an important aspect, user-friendliness and mini-apps also score high. In addition, the dials are very popular.

Of course you can read the time via the Apple Watch watch faces, but they are also ideal for additional information. For example, most watch faces contain complications that you can set and show real-time information. From weather to appointments, from heart rate to activity. Unfortunately, not all watch faces are available on all Apple Watch models, we will explain how it works.

Apple Watch watch faces

Below you will find an overview of all Apple Watch watch faces and what their purpose is. In addition, not all watch faces are available on all Apple Watch models. With each clock display you can read on which models it can be used.

  • Activity analog ▸ Displays your activity progress on top of a traditional analog clock ▸ Suitable for all Apple Watch models.
  • Activity digital ▸ Digital display of the time and your activity progress ▸ Suitable for all Apple Watch models.
  • Artist ▸ Dynamic artwork by Geoff McFetridge, every time the portrait changes ▸ Suitable for all Apple Watch models.
  • Astronomy ▸ Display of a 3D model of the earth, moon or solar system that is continuously updated ▸ Suitable for all Apple Watch models
  • Breathing ▸ Encourages you to relax and breathe consciously. Tap the screen to begin. ▸ Suitable for all Apple Watch models.

activity analog | activity digital | artist | astronomy | breathing

  • California ▸ Stylish watch face with a combination of Roman and Arabic numerals ▸ Compatible with Apple Watch SE, Apple Watch Series 4 or later
  • Chronograph ▸ Just like a classic analog stopwatch, measures time at precise intervals ▸ Suitable for all Apple Watch models.
  • Chronograph Pro ▸ One-tap tachymeter available ▸ Compatible with Apple Watch SE, Apple Watch Series 4 or newer
  • Color ▸ Displays the time and other items you add in bright colors ▸ Suitable for all Apple Watch models.
  • Count Up Timer ▸ Tracks elapsed time, tap the outer bezel and turn the Digital Crown ▸ Use on Apple Watch SE, Apple Watch Series 4 or later

California | chronograph | chronograph Pro | color | count up timer

  • File Explorer ▸ This watch face is only available on Apple Watch models that use cellular networks. The green dots indicate the strength of the mobile signal.
  • Fire and water ▸ Show moving water and fire images when you lift your wrist or tap the screen ▸ Suitable for all Apple Watch models.
  • GMT ▸ See the time difference between local time and another time zone at a glance ▸ Use on Apple Watch SE, Apple Watch Series 4 or newer
  • Gradient hue ▸ Colorful watch face with gradients moving with time ▸ Compatible with Apple Watch SE, Apple Watch Series 4 or newer
  • Infographic ▸ Gets the most out of the watch face with room for eight complications ▸ Can be used on an Apple Watch SE, Apple Watch Series 4 or newer

scout | water and fire | GMT | sales tint | infograph

  • Infograph modular ▸ Digital display of the time with a maximum of 6 complications including one size ▸ Can be used on an Apple Watch SE, Apple Watch Series 4 or newer
  • Kaleidoscope ▸ Select a photo to create a watch face that shows changing patterns of shapes and colors ▸ Suitable for all Apple Watch models.
  • Liquid metal ▸ Shows moving images of different metals ▸ Suitable for all Apple Watch models.
  • Memoji ▸ Happy display of your own Memoji or Animoji ▸ Can be used on an Apple Watch SE, Apple Watch Series 4 or newer
  • Meridian ▸ Classic look of the time with room for four complications in the middle ▸ Can be used on an Apple Watch SE, Apple Watch Series 4 or newer

infograph modular | kaleidoscope | liquid metal | Memoji | meridian

  • Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse ▸ Cheerful watch face with moving animations of Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse ▸ Suitable for all Apple Watch models
  • Modular ▸ Digital display of the time and a grid design to which you can add various parts ▸ Suitable for all Apple Watch models.
  • Modular compact ▸ Space for up to three complications and a digital or analog clock ▸ Can be used on an Apple Watch SE, Apple Watch Series 4 or newer
  • Movement ▸ Magical images of moving butterflies, flowers or jellyfish ▸ Suitable for all Apple Watch models.
  • Numbers ▸ Time with analogue hands, while the hour is displayed in large numbers in the background. ▸ Suitable for all Apple Watch models.

Mickey Mouse | modular | modular compact | movement | Numbers

  • Numbers duo ▸ Displays the time digitally in large numbers ▸ Suitable for all Apple Watch models.
  • Numbers mono ▸ Displays the time in a large number with an analog clock on top ▸ Suitable for all Apple Watch models.
  • Photos ▸ On this watch face you can display a photo from the Photos app on your Apple Watch ▸ Suitable for all Apple Watch models.
  • Pride analog ▸ Inspired by the rainbow flag with an analog display of the time ▸ Suitable for all Apple Watch models.
  • Pride digital ▸ Inspired by the rainbow flag with a digital display of the time ▸ Suitable for all Apple Watch models.

figures duo | digits mono | photos | Pride analog | Pride digital

  • Simplicity ▸ Minimalistic and elegant watch face where you can adjust the detail level of the clock ▸ Suitable for all Apple Watch models.
  • Siri ▸ With this watch face, Siri watches your day and gives you useful information at the right time. ▸ Suitable for all Apple Watch models.
  • Solar Stand ▸ Solar Stand late based on your current location and time the position of the sun at that time of day ▸ Suitable for all Apple Watch models.
  • Sun ▸ Circular 24-hour dial that tracks the sun and an analog or digital dial that moves in the opposite direction of the sun ▸ Compatible with Apple Watch SE, Apple Watch Series 4 or later
  • Stripes ▸ Choose quantity, color, rotate and be proud ▸ Compatible with Apple Watch SE, Apple Watch Series 4 or newer

simplicity | Siri | sun position | sun | stripes

  • Time Lapse ▸ Shows a time lapse video of a cityscape or nature scene beeld Suitable for all Apple Watch models.
  • Toy Story ▸ Lift your wrist and your favorite Toy Story characters will come to life. ▸ Suitable for all Apple Watch models.
  • Typography ▸ Stylish watch face honoring typography and graceful numbers ▸ Usable on Apple Watch SE, Apple Watch Series 4 or later
  • Unit ▸ Inspired by the colors of the Pan-African flag ▸ Can be used on Apple Watch SE, Apple Watch Series 4 or newer
  • Handy ▸ Practical and functional with room for three complications ▸ Suitable for all Apple Watch models.

timelapse | Toy Story | typography | unity | useful

  • Haze ▸ Displays moving images of haze and fog.
  • XL ▸ The screen content is shown in the largest possible format ▸ Suitable for all Apple Watch models.

Suitable for all Apple Watch models

As you can see, most Apple Watch watch faces are suitable for all models. Because the screen of the Apple Watch SE, series 4 or newer is larger, the display may have been slightly adjusted. For example, some watch faces can also be displayed in full screen on a Series 4 or later.

Limitations for Complications

In addition to the different clock displays, there are also differences between the complications. For example, some shortcuts may appear on one watch face and not on the other. Apple has made a complete overview of all watch faces including the support for complications. You can find this explanation here .

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