38mm and try-on impressions

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  1. virginblue4, Apr 10, 2015
    Last edited: Apr 11, 2015

    virginblue4 macrumors 68000


    Apr 15, 2012
    United Kingdom
    I pre-ordered my Apple Watch this morning, with my order going through at 8:03am (orders began at 08:01am in the UK). I chose the 38mm stainless steel version with the white sports band. Additionally, I ordered the Milanese loop separately. I also purchased AppleCare.

    I was extremely happy that I got the order through and that I managed to get a delivery date of 24/04 - 8/05 and how smoothly the ordering process went for me. But then, my happiness started to fade after reading the forums.

    Many people on this forum had attended their try-on appointments and shared their experience with the 38mm. Almost everyone said how small it was, many even cancelled and were prepared to lose their early delivery dates to wait until June just to get the 42mm model. This really worried me! Throughout the day, this is pretty much all I read on these forums.

    So, I've just returned from my try-on appointment at my closest Apple Store. I had an appointment booked for 19:15, but turned up at 19:00. I had a quick look at the watches under the glass, including the edition and was surprised by, you guessed it, just how small they were.

    Very quickly I was greeted and then introduced to a Apple Store employee who got my 'favourite' (the one I had chosen on the Apple Store app) up on his screen and grabbed the box which had 10 Apple Watch models in, a mixture of 38mm & 42mm sport and stainless steel models.

    I should stress that I've been quite worried over the months about my small wrists and whether or not they would fit. My wrists are 147mm and yes, I am a man.

    The first watch I tried on was the 38mm sport version with the white sport band (close to the model I ordered). The band fitted perfectly, plenty of holes either side of the one I was on, so could be tightened / loosened as required.

    As soon as it was on my wrist, it just felt perfect. Smaller than what I had expected, but simply perfect. I felt the taptic engine (very cool!) throughout the demo loop that was playing.

    I then tried on the 38mm stainless steel with Milanese loop (I've ordered this band in addition to the sport band) knowing that this is the exact model that I'll be wearing pretty soon.

    The Milanese loop feels amazing! It really does feel like fabric, not metal. And it looks gorgeous too! For anyone who is worried, the magnet is extremely strong. Absolutely 0% chance of it coming off accidentally.

    I turned the digital crown which has just enough friction it felt very high quality!

    He then asked me if I would like to look at any further models just for a bit of fun. I tried on the 42mm stainless steel Apple Watch with classic leather buckle (sorry for the awkward angle in the photo, I adjusted it shortly after). It felt great. Great, but not perfect. It didn't have the same feeling as the 38mm model. It just didn't feel right. Don't get me wrong, it was lovely, the extra screen real estate was great, but I still preferred the 38mm. He even commented and said that it also looked good on my wrists (honestly it is smaller in real life compared to the photos- I know it looks ridiculous in the photo below).

    I took this off and asked a few questions. I asked if I could change out the bands myself just to get a feel of how it works, and he was more than happy to let me. Very easy!

    I took a few photos, played around with a few more models, thanked the guy and then left shortly after. A fantastic experience with a great employee. I've heard many were limited to only trying on 2 models, not my experience at all.

    And now back to the 38m model. People have to realise that everyone has different tastes and different sized wrists. The amount of people saying the 38mm is for ladies, well that's just silly. It was perfect on my wrist and I'm extremely happy with the model that I chose.

    So to anyone out their worrying about which size to go for, please go and try them out. Don't go by the photos, as they really are smaller in real life. And don't let anyone tell you what size to get, as they haven't got your wrists!

    I am man who pre-ordered the 38mm model and am over the moon with my choice!

    All of the photos below that show me wearing the Apple Watch are the 38mm model apart from the classic buckle which is 42mm.

  2. scrapple macrumors regular


    Sep 23, 2004
    38mm is the way to go..

    looks great..

    I have a sport 38mm coming my way
  3. Defender2010 macrumors 68030


    Jun 6, 2010
    The 38mm really does not look small at all. I have used the Apple Store App "actual size" comparisons and it looks like a nice size on my 190mm circumference wrist. The height of my wrist makes the 38mm look more in proportion and does not drown my wrist like the 42mm does based using the same test. I'm very glad I ordered the 38mm and as I got a 24/4 - 8/5 delivery date range. I will not change it to 42mm as I really prefer a more discreet look. I'll prob go try it on in store on Monday and expect to be pleased. I also tried that credit card text from another thread and I get " can choose either size" so I am confident I chose well.
  4. Shanghaichica macrumors G4


    Apr 8, 2013
    38 mm is the way for me. I can't imagine I'll change my mind on trying them on tomorrow.

    Hopefully my 38 mm silver sport with white band will be validated tomorrow. I want to try the silver sports watch with the Milanese loop and if it looks ok I'll go ahead and order that as an extra band.
  5. i0Nic macrumors 65816

    May 17, 2006
    Sydney, Australia
  6. matthew23 macrumors 6502

    Aug 27, 2010
    Thanks for the pictures. My wrists are like yours and I ordered the 38mm SS with the Milanese band and black sport band. Torn on whether I should have gotten the black classic leather strap instead of the Milanese. My try on is tonight.
  7. iMacoo7 macrumors 6502


    Jul 31, 2008
    Destin, Florida
    I have really small wrists, but when I tried on the 38mm it looked allot smaller on my wrist than on yours. It boils down to this: As long as your happy, then who cares what anyone else thinks.... Unless they bought it for you;)
  8. Wildgift, Apr 10, 2015
    Last edited: Apr 10, 2015

    Wildgift macrumors 6502


    Sep 21, 2007
    Thanks, same here. I ordered a 38 SS Milanese, and have been agonizing. The 38 was a last minute decision. I got in at 12:05 and am in the first wave of deliveries, and would hate to go to the end of the line. I have had a Rolex Oyster for over 35 years, and the 38mm seemed comparable. I'm 5'7, 170mm skinny wrists.

    Going to Apple store after work and hoping that I made the right choice!
  9. cruzmisl macrumors regular

    Nov 10, 2012
    This is proof that people just need to try them on. There are a lot of people online right now saying that 38 is just for women, and that is really not true.
  10. lunaoso macrumors 65816


    Sep 22, 2012
    Boston, MA
    38mm from a male here as well, and after my appointment, I'm happy with my purchase. I was nervous that I'd prefer the 42mm and have to push my delivery back, but I came out happy. I just wish I could've been lucky like you guys were and gotten a 4/24 delivery. I'm at 4-6weeks as of right now :(.
  11. atiffarooq macrumors 6502


    May 27, 2006
    I went to the local Apple store a few hours ago and tried on the 42mm SS (Milanese strap). It did feel ok, I have wrists that are approx. 165mm (55mm width) and I thought it would be the one. Then I tried the 38mm with the same strap and it just sat better on my wrist and felt much more "personal".

    Looks like I'll be sticking with the 38mm, but I might go to the store again a few times to be sure of it :p.

    Note that I do wear a watch every day, some of them bigger than the 42mm :apple:watch. But it's all about how this watch felt, and the 38mm just seemed to be better (for me).
  12. AppleWes macrumors 6502


    Oct 9, 2013
    Thank you for posting your in-store review! I have smaller wrists around the same size as yours and am thankful I went with 38mm.

    As others have mentioned it's all about personal choice and feel. Not just "male/female" sizes.

    Thanks again!:apple:
  13. fanta88 macrumors 6502

    Apr 10, 2015
    I have similar measurements to you, OP. I'm relieved you stuck with the 38 -- and, going by the pics, you definitely made the right decision. It fits you extremely well. The 42 overwhelms your wrist.
  14. cheapa55 macrumors 6502a

    Oct 29, 2007
    Thanks for sharing the photos. I was questioning my order online since I went with a 38 but I'm glad I did.
  15. jbachandouris macrumors 601


    Aug 18, 2009
    Upstate NY
    I pre-ordered the 38mm at 3am. My delivery date is May 13-27.

    The thing is, when I try them on at the store, the 38 seems too small. I tried them both on, walked away, and came back and tried them both on again.

    I ordered a 42mm at noon that will ship in June.

    As you can see from the pictures, the 42mm looks huge on my 155mm wrist, but for some reason, when I see it in person, I like the bigger one better. Maybe lack of sleep affected my eyesight.

    I'm planning on keeping the 42mm, but that may change if the 38mm arrives to change my mind...

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  16. gorkt macrumors 6502a


    Sep 15, 2007
    Wow....your experience is almost identical to mine except I am female. I have 145mm wrists and went to try on a 38mm which I had already preordered. I had a great experience! The Apple employee I worked with was sensational and let try on 5 different watches. The 38mm fits me to a T and the Milanese band was very, very nice. I was a little worried that so much extra band would look bulky on my wrists but the band, even doubled up is extremely thin and light. I was also surprised at how comfy the sports band is. I tried on the modern buckle and also liked it, but the price is more than I want to pay.

    Man, two weeks can't come fast enough....
  17. Kavier macrumors 6502a


    Feb 1, 2010
    Raleigh, NC
    I woke up at 2:55 am and pre-ordered the 38mm too...then worried all day it was too small after reading the forums. Went and tried it on after work...it's perfect for me. The 42mm just looked kind of awkward on my wrist.
  18. jbachandouris macrumors 601


    Aug 18, 2009
    Upstate NY
    I may end up keeping the 38mm as I doubt I am patient enough to wait until June. I should've ordered both this morning.
  19. jbromer macrumors 6502a


    Jul 13, 2008
    MD, USA
    Great post. I have 150mm male wrists, and all the threads of people changing to the 42 look gargantuan to me. Very happily sticking with the 38 here too.
  20. Wildgift macrumors 6502


    Sep 21, 2007
    I tried on both and am torn. It's true. The pics and the feel are different. I may sell my 38 mm SS Milanese
  21. roland.g macrumors 603


    Apr 11, 2005
    I'm a man and I have absolutely no idea how many mm my wrist is, like most men. ;)
  22. AJsAWiz macrumors 68040


    Jun 28, 2007
    LOL, yes it does look rather large. :p
  23. jbachandouris macrumors 601


    Aug 18, 2009
    Upstate NY
    The pictures still shock me. If you looked over my shoulder in the store, you would think that they are much smaller. Perception is a strange thing.
  24. virginblue4 thread starter macrumors 68000


    Apr 15, 2012
    United Kingdom
    After attending my try-on experience, I used at Apple Store app again to look at the actual size models. They really look totally different in real life! Just a perception thing.

    Thanks :)

    How was your try-on experience?

    No problem :)

    It's strange, in store it didn't overwhelm my wrist. But I agree, in the photo it definitely does.

    I agree, it's very strange!
  25. DoctorWho Suspended


    Jun 18, 2011
    Hobart, Tasmania
    Thanks for the great post! I'm a male and I've also been agonising over the 38mm (which I pre-ordered) and the 42, wondering if I made the wrong choice due to the bigger screen, battery life, etc. Seeing your pictures has cemented in my mind that the 38mm is definitely the right choice :)

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