38 or 42mm for my 150mm Wrist?

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by Mapple86, Apr 13, 2015.

  1. Mapple86 macrumors 6502

    Apr 13, 2015
    I need help in my decision :(
    Im a Male 28 years old, 185cm Tall and are very skinny with 70kg.
    My Wrists are 150-155mm.
    Normaly i would say the small 38mm one would be the choice but the longer Battery live and bigger Screen make me want the 42mm.
    And i think because of my big Hands the small 38mm looks a bit small.
    What do you all think?
  2. Domino8282 macrumors 6502a


    Apr 22, 2010
    Southeast USA
    I honestly think you could pull off either one. I would go for whichever you think you'll enjoy more. If they are equally comfortable, I would lean towards the 42mm for the reasons you mentioned. If the 38mm is significantly more comfortable, maybe that outweighs the 42's benefits...
  3. Wildgift macrumors 6502


    Sep 21, 2007
    I'm in the same boat, and the 42mm really is the one for me. Too bad I ordered a 38. I think the 42 will be best in the long haul...
  4. pragmatous macrumors 65816

    May 23, 2012
    The 38 for sure. The 42 looks ridiculous on you. It looks like you have a TV set on your wrist. :p

  5. mattopotamus macrumors G5


    Jun 12, 2012
    38 without question :) Did the 42mm feel comfortable?
  6. Photography, Apr 13, 2015
    Last edited: Apr 30, 2015

    Photography macrumors 65816


    Apr 10, 2007
    I'm in the same boat as you, OP, and I am glad I decided to order the 38mm instead of the 42mm. What matters also is the wrist width, not just the circumference. The 38mm looks fine on you, and the 42mm seems too large.
  7. codeboye macrumors member

    Mar 12, 2011
    Is the one on the bottom of the picture the 42mm? Also did you try the leather loop on the 42mm? I'm in the same boat. I'm 158mm, and ordered the sport band, till I could decide on another band.

  8. jbachandouris macrumors 601


    Aug 18, 2009
    Upstate NY
    At least you have decent pictures to compare. When I took my comparison photos, I must have had the camera too close and the 42mm looks hugs. My wrist is 155mm, so slightly larger than yours.

    I have both on order, but of course, the 38mm (that I don't want) is coming first.
  9. Rayban macrumors 6502


    Sep 5, 2008
    I think you're good with whichever one you're most comfortable with. I chose 42mm for the screen size and I like larger faced watches.
  10. gorkt macrumors 6502a


    Sep 15, 2007
    I agree that your hand size is important and in your case I'd probably go with the 42.

    I have nearly the same wrist circumference (145mm) but I went with the 38mm. I am female however and have much smaller hands.
  11. mjs402 macrumors 6502

    Oct 24, 2013
    Either looks great on you. Get the 42mm, you seem like you already know which you want just need a bit of convincing. The 38mm is far too small in general.
  12. jordanst macrumors member


    Aug 18, 2014
    I'm in the same boat as you. I think the 38 looks a bit better.
  13. nfl46 macrumors 604

    Oct 5, 2008
    You could pull off either one. Personally, I'd go with 42. It really doesn't look bad on you at all.
  14. matthew23 macrumors 6502

    Aug 27, 2010
    I have similar wrists and hands and went with the 38mm. It was more comfortable. I wish they made a 40mm. :)
  15. ET iPhone Home macrumors 68040

    ET iPhone Home

    Oct 5, 2011
    Orange County, California USA
    42mm most definitely. Go to Tourneau and see that big dial watches are in-style; even Nordstrom fashion watches like Michael Kors and Nixon make large dial watches, therefore go 42mm.

    I have a Panerai, and it's 44mm. I wish Apple's watch was offered in a 44mm.
  16. Dmaynard83 macrumors 6502a


    Jul 16, 2012
  17. digbybare macrumors newbie

    Sep 25, 2014
    38 mm if you care about looking good, 42 if you're a geek and don't mind looking like it.

    Also, even if conventional watches come in large sizes (a fad on the wane btw), those don't look like large empty black rectangles 90% of the time.
  18. gcooldude86 macrumors 6502

    Jul 28, 2014
    Ontario, Canada
    I have similar wrists as well and went with the 38mm, though I didn't try any on, just based on the paper cutouts. Looking at your picture though I'm happy with my choice and I feel the 38mm looks better on your wrist.
  19. Repelle macrumors regular

    Mar 8, 2015
    Andover UK / SF CA
    I was in a very similar position to you; I'm tall, slim and have 160mm wrists. I was sure I wanted the 38mm at first, but after trying the cutouts and the actual watch in store, I decided it had to be the 42mm.

    Essentially the the thing to remember is proportions. Having a smaller watch body on long slender arms with larger hands will look disproportionate. I found that the larger 42mm body balanced out much better for me and didn't accentuate my slender features.

    For you with 150mm wrists, you're right on the edge of band sizing for the 42mm watch, so I guess keep that in mind.

    With the 42mm I had around 3 notches left when worn snugly on the classic leather strap.

    Hope that allows you to make a more informed choice.
  20. Poochi macrumors 6502a


    Jul 30, 2010
    definitely 42mm for man.

    38mm looks very elegant on you though, if that's the image you are after.
  21. ryanmcv macrumors 6502a


    Aug 12, 2007
    Phoenix, AZ
    Right, but keep in mind that the Apple Watch is not measured the usual way. Traditional watches are measured by the diameter of their circular faces. Since the Apple Watch face is rectangular, Apple chose to measure its height.

  22. Mapple86 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Apr 13, 2015
    Thanks for the help so far :)
    I want the biggest possible Watch for me, which doesn't look wrong on me.
  23. Poochi macrumors 6502a


    Jul 30, 2010
    Go with 42mm.
  24. Dmaynard83, Apr 13, 2015
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    Dmaynard83 macrumors 6502a


    Jul 16, 2012
    38 or 42mm for my 150mm Wrist?

    I think I want a watch look and not a so much a smart watch appearance. I don't like to announce to the world I'm a tech geek.

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