38mm vs 42mm On Wrist Comparison

applegeek01

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Interesting.

When I first started reading your post, I immediately thought sure, he's going to want the black stainless with the matching black link band. But, then when you said you wanted to buy all those other bands, I wasn't as sure. We don't really know if Apple will make all the other bands in black stainless and regular stainless. In fact, it seems like from what we know today that they won't.

So, if you buy the black stainless model, which makes total sense, it is fairly likely that you won't have many bands to choose from. If that is the case, you probably should get the regular stainless model instead, because that can use all the bands.

At this point, this is speculation, to be sure. The good news is that I strongly believe that Apple will hold another press announcement for the watches with additional details, so you will probably know what they are up to prior to the preorder day. So, have a plan, and a backup plan, and make your final decision when you know more.

My two cents.

Sean

Sean, thanks for your reply. I actually started another thread and someone pointed out something that I totally missed. If you go back to Apple.com again look at the collection of all 18 :apple:Watch models, then you will notice that the classic buckle band is only shown with the 38 mm and the leather loop is only shown with the 42 mm. Something else that is interesting to think about.

UPDATED: I meant the modern buckle is only shown with the 38.
 
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TheDeviceUser

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Sean, thanks for your reply. I actually started another thread and someone pointed out something that I totally missed. If you go back to Apple.com again look at the collection of all 18 :apple:Watch models, then you will notice that the classic buckle band is only shown with the 38 mm and the leather loop is only shown with the 42 mm. Something else that is interesting to think about.
The classic buckle is shown with both models.

http://www.apple.com/watch/gallery/

APPLE WATCH
38mm and 42mm Case
316L Stainless Steel
Sapphire Crystal
Retina Display
Ceramic Back
Classic Buckle
Black Leather
Stainless Steel Buckle
 

applegeek01

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The classic buckle is shown with both models.

http://www.apple.com/watch/gallery/

APPLE WATCH
38mm and 42mm Case
316L Stainless Steel
Sapphire Crystal
Retina Display
Ceramic Back
Classic Buckle
Black Leather
Stainless Steel Buckle
I realized I misquoted. I meant the modern buckle is only shown with the 38. My apologizes.

And I just finished going through and looking at them all, and the findings are correct in terms of what Apple has posted. The modern buckle only shows the fitting for the 38mm and the leather loop is only shown for fitting the 42 mm.
 

houssein31

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I was sure I was going for the 42 but after seing the pictures, Im pretty sure i like the 38 better...and I have pretty small wrists so 38 is definitely my choice
 

Exile714

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Is it just me or do these watches look incredibly cheap?
You mean the cardboard cutouts people are using to see what the watch sizes look like on their arms? Yeah, dude, they're cheap. Well, cheap by Apple's standards.

Of course, when you look at the Apple Watch Cardboard collection, Jony Ive sure makes it sound pretty luxurious.

Ive: "What we've done with the Apple Watch Cardboard is simply, unapologetically cardboard. We've taken pure, Siberian oak and processed it so that its 50% stronger, 25% lighter than traditional cardboard. It's chamfered with high precision, diamond lathes to present the ultimate luxury feel. Then we applied three different lacquer polishes so the Apple Watch Cardboard's unique grain comes across in a way that fascinates as much as it innovates."

The Apple Watch Cardboard will be available in late 2018, and it starts at $449.
 

iamMacPerson

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This is taking me back to September when I was having to decide which iPhone I wanted to order!

I think for me the 42mm makes more sense. Being 6'5 my wrists are big. Plus, if you go back and watch the video, Jony says they created a "smaller version" meaning the 42mm is the one they are probably really going to push. Below is the cut out of the 42mm (and I measured it to make that the printer didn't shrink the face):

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38mm:

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I'm hoping to get the Stainless with the Leather loop in Blue for everyday, and the Black Sport band for working out. I still need to see pricing though. At the very least I'll get the 42mm Space Gray Sport.
 

gcooldude86

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After printing out the sizes for the 38mm and 42mm watch, even though my wrists are skinny I'm going with the 42mm. Didn't seem as big on my wrist as I expected. The only thing that was leaning me towards the 38mm was the modern buckle for the SS.
 

applegeek01

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After printing out the sizes for the 38mm and 42mm watch, even though my wrists are skinny I'm going with the 42mm. Didn't seem as big on my wrist as I expected. The only thing that was leaning me towards the 38mm was the modern buckle for the SS.
I had to measure my print outs to make sure that they were actually 38mm and 42mm. I have skinny wrists, but not so skinny at the same time. The 42 will give me a good screen size to work with and it not be too bulky. I think I could give up the modern buckle to have more screen size and hope that Apple will release a 42 modern buckle in the future.
 

gcooldude86

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I had to measure my print outs to make sure that they were actually 38mm and 42mm. I have skinny wrists, but not so skinny at the same time. The 42 will give me a good screen size to work with and it not be too bulky. I think I could give up the modern buckle to have more screen size and hope that Apple will release a 42 modern buckle in the future.
I'm hoping they'll eventually release the modern buckle for the 42mm. For release, i'll buy the SS 42mm with the link bracelett.
 

TheDeviceUser

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I'm hoping they'll eventually release the modern buckle for the 42mm. For release, i'll buy the SS 42mm with the link bracelett.
Oh, I bet they will.

They did a similar thing with the iPad mini. They didn't realease the smart case until the second gen, yet the case worked with the first gen.

Therefore, people bought smart covers, and then many bought a case a year later when it was released.
 

Technodynamic

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This is taking me back to September when I was having to decide which iPhone I wanted to order!

I think for me the 42mm makes more sense. Being 6'5 my wrists are big. Plus, if you go back and watch the video, Jony says they created a "smaller version" meaning the 42mm is the one they are probably really going to push. Below is the cut out of the 42mm (and I measured it to make that the printer didn't shrink the face):

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38mm:

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I'm hoping to get the Stainless with the Leather loop in Blue for everyday, and the Black Sport band for working out. I still need to see pricing though. At the very least I'll get the 42mm Space Gray Sport.
For you, a no brainer, the 42mm. I like both for me and argue with myself all day about which I like better. heh.
 

Mark Booth

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My Omega Seamaster measures exactly 41mm tall (including the bezel). But it's round, not rectangular. So, 42mm in a rectangle will seem a lot larger to the eye.

The Apple Watch is going to need to be something very exciting and special to get me to stop wearing my Omega. But I admit I'm looking forward to seeing all that the Apple Watch can do!

Mark
 

JeffyTheQuik

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I'm partially color blind so black and shades of gray make up a good part of my wardrobe.
Since you're partially color blind*, they could be red and green, but you would just see them as grey?

*That's based on my college roommate, who was red/green color blind, and my conversations with him were that he saw reds and greens as shades of grey (not 50) until they got to the more bluish hues. All of this is in fun, and not meant to offend. :D
 

MojoRisinSD

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My Omega Seamaster measures exactly 41mm tall (including the bezel). But it's round, not rectangular. So, 42mm in a rectangle will seem a lot larger to the eye.
How big is that Seamaster lug to lug? Also, it is wider than the 42mm Apple Watch and at least 2mm thicker depending on the movement. Obviously they would have to be compared side to side to know for sure, but I think you would be surprised at the actual physical size of the 42mm. I made an exact size mockup of one and it is just right for my relatively small wrist (7 inches). Also, a lot of the pictures being posted of the different sizes seem to be off due to perspective issues. I took a pic of mine on my wrist and it made it look bigger than it really is. Another thing to realize is that the 42mm Apple Watch is smaller than about every other full feature smart watch made today.

BTW, I have always wanted a Seamaster! Awesome watch!
 

DDustiNN

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Can anyone give a comparison of the 38mm vs 42mm vs Pebble Steel? I currently have the Pebble Steel and I think it is the perfect size for my wrist, so I'm just wondering which Apple Watch size is comparable and how close.

Thanks!
 

applegeek01

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Can anyone give a comparison of the 38mm vs 42mm vs Pebble Steel? I currently have the Pebble Steel and I think it is the perfect size for my wrist, so I'm just wondering which Apple Watch size is comparable and how close.

Thanks!
I think someone posted earlier that their pebble measured 41 mm. That is just me trying to remember. And I don't know what model it was

EDIT: the original pebble was 51 mm tall. I went back and found it
 
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DDustiNN

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I think someone posted earlier that their pebble measured 41 mm. That is just me trying to remember. And I don't know what model it was

EDIT: the original pebble was 51 mm tall. I went back and found it
Do you have a size of the Pebble Steel? I know the original one was much larger looking, even though the screen is still the same.

Also I don't how these are measured. You say tall, but I always assumed diagonally.

But I'm also wanting to make sure we're not just talking about screen size only, rather I'm interested in the entire watch sizes compared to each other. Specifically the whole face, but I'm also curious about the thickness as well.
 

applegeek01

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Do you have a size of the Pebble Steel? I know the original one was much larger looking, even though the screen is still the same.

Also I don't how these are measured. You say tall, but I always assumed diagonally.

But I'm also wanting to make sure we're not just talking about screen size only, rather I'm interested in the entire watch sizes compared to each other. Specifically the whole face, but I'm also curious about the thickness as well.
I don't know the size of the steel. When I say tall I mean the height, not diagonally. The 51 mm came from another forum member and I assumed he measured the height. The apple watches are also measured in height

The best guess that we have to the thickness is shown in this link: http://ryanpmack.com/files/AppleWatchSizeComparison.pdf.

No one really knows
 

DDustiNN

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I don't know the size of the steel. When I say tall I mean the height, not diagonally. The 51 mm came from another forum member and I assumed he measured the height. The apple watches are also measured in height

The best guess that we have to the thickness is shown in this link: http://ryanpmack.com/files/AppleWatchSizeComparison.pdf.

No one really knows
Thank you for this! I printed it out, making sure to select "actual size"... And the 42mm is literally the exact same size as my Pebble Steel. Height and width I swear look exact, and even the thickness (excluding the buldge) is the same.

So... Turns out the 42mm is not as big as I thought! I'll be getting that one.

Thanks again.
 

applegeek01

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Thank you for this! I printed it out, making sure to select "actual size"... And the 42mm is literally the exact same size as my Pebble Steel. Height and width I swear look exact, and even the thickness (excluding the buldge) is the same.

So... Turns out the 42mm is not as big as I thought! I'll be getting that one.

Thanks again.
That's what these things are all about! Hope you enjoy your new watch!
 

Mark Booth

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How big is that Seamaster lug to lug? Also, it is wider than the 42mm Apple Watch and at least 2mm thicker depending on the movement. Obviously they would have to be compared side to side to know for sure, but I think you would be surprised at the actual physical size of the 42mm. I made an exact size mockup of one and it is just right for my relatively small wrist (7 inches). Also, a lot of the pictures being posted of the different sizes seem to be off due to perspective issues. I took a pic of mine on my wrist and it made it look bigger than it really is. Another thing to realize is that the 42mm Apple Watch is smaller than about every other full feature smart watch made today.

BTW, I have always wanted a Seamaster! Awesome watch!
It's about 48mm lug to lug.

Mark