38mm vs 42mm

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by edhchoe, Sep 11, 2017.

  1. edhchoe macrumors 6502a


    Oct 28, 2011
    I have a 155mm wrist. I have gone to a store and tried on both sizes.
    42mm looks better and it will be easier to read things on it than on a 38mm.
    However, the bands stick out sideways not downward at the lugs. And that makes the watch look funky on my wrist.
    I will be wearing the watch while I exercise and my arms do get sweaty. Therefore, the silicone bands would be the best when I exercise. But for all the other occasions, I would probably wear it with leather or nato-style fabric.

    Or should I just get a 38mm?
  2. crzdcolombian macrumors 6502a


    Nov 16, 2010
    Isn't the difference $30 bucks? Get the bigger size
  3. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    I would opt for the 42 mm. You will likely adjust to it and as you said, the display is easier to read it, and it's not that much more intrusive over the 38 mm.
  4. SoN1NjA macrumors 68000


    Feb 3, 2016
    the pool
    38 vs 42 for some people (maybe not this reader size wise, but he stated it looks weird) isn't a difference of price

    My SS with Link and SB SS with Milanese both in 38mm wasn't a difference of a few dollars
  5. iPhysicist macrumors 65816


    Nov 9, 2009
    38. It's a watch after all. 160mm circumference here and I sport a 38mm and enjoy it's size.
  6. Pikachuguy macrumors newbie


    Mar 21, 2017
  7. Newtons Apple macrumors Core

    Newtons Apple

    Mar 12, 2014
    Jacksonville, Florida
    when in doubt you can not go wrong with the 42mm.
  8. convergent macrumors 68030


    May 6, 2008
    I'd go with the larger size... and I did, and my wrist is not that big.
  9. ericg301 macrumors 65816

    Jun 15, 2010
    ive had the 38MM for two years and am considering going with the 42 with series 3. i've got small wrists (havent measured) and the 38 doesnt look too obtrusive.
  10. The-Real-Deal82 macrumors 604


    Jan 17, 2013
    Wales, United Kingdom
    Depends on your wrist size. The 42mm is far too big for my wrists and looked stupid but it's different depending on the person.
  11. douglasf13 macrumors 68000

    Jul 2, 2010
    The 38mm Apple Watch wears about the same as my Rolex Submariner, which is a pretty standard sport watch size, so that's the direction I went. It looks less like a big computer screen on the wrist from afar.

  12. ericg301 macrumors 65816

    Jun 15, 2010
    So I went to the Apple store to try on the 42 to compare to the 38 I’ve been wearing last 2.5 years. Didn’t seem as big as I thought and/or remembered.

    What do we think? My original on the top, 42 on the bottom.

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  13. FoxD macrumors 6502a

    Apr 28, 2010
    I had a 42 but am getting a 38 this time. Small wrists here and the 38 feels better.
  14. Breezygirl macrumors 6502a


    Oct 7, 2011
    Prefer the 42 on you.
  15. satchmo macrumors 68020

    Aug 6, 2008
    160mm which is kind of in-between sizes... I went with 42.
  16. edhchoe thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Oct 28, 2011
    I ordered 42mm.
    I ordered lug adapters for 22mm bands for the watch so that i can use any bands i want.
    Clockwork has them for $20 and i used watchuseek15 code for 15% off.

    I think the apple silicone bands make the 42mm watch wear bigger than it is.
  17. KPOM macrumors G5

    Oct 23, 2010
  18. stu.h macrumors 65816


    May 8, 2010
    West Midlands, England.
    You don't say whether you're going for the LTE or not, but the 42mm has a larger battery also.
  19. airjay75 macrumors regular

    Oct 1, 2014
    I think this is sort of a gut decision - I think most people will see the two watches and either think the 42 mm is just way too big for your wrist or, alternatively, think the 38 mm might be just a little too small. I have a small wrist - too lazy to measure right now - but almost every single time I see the 42 mm, I just think, wow, that would look so huge on my wrist. As such, I went with the 38 mm. But, if I start reading too many discussions on this forum, I can start second guessing myself. Even after reading through this thread, I had to pull up the two sizes on my iPhone and put them on my wrist again :) - after a few minutes of wondering whether I could do the 42 mm, I quickly came back to my original conclusion that it is just too darn big for my wrist. With Apple fans, a lot have the mentality of go big or go home. Ultimately, get what you like the most.
  20. utcarsons macrumors regular

    Jun 11, 2010
    I've had a 38 since original and jumped up to the 42mm this time. I was really hesitant as most people with 160mm wrists seem to think the 42 is too big. I tried them on at the store and just really like the 42mm better. If I look at the 38 on my wrist, it looks like a fine size. If I look at it in the mirror with a more full-body view, it actually looks kind of small.

    While it doesn't seem like a big difference in measurement, the ease of interacting with the larger screen is quite evident. I sort of like the "big watch" look anyway. I'm excited and hoping I will use the watch even more now that I don't have to struggle with the smaller screen.

    Also, when I tried on the 42mm at the store, I noticed the sport band tended to stick out more on the sides, but I quickly slipped in my "worn in" straps from my 38 just to try them and the band conformed to my wrist much more. The ones at my store are kept laying flat all day and those straps are pretty stiff!
  21. danielceleste macrumors regular

    Jun 16, 2012
    I agonized over this decision when it came to pre-ordering my original Apple watch. I got the 42mm because bigger screen and battery – my wrist is just shy of 160mm. 2.5 years later, I'm going for the 38mm this time around because I just never got "used to it." It looked like a computer on my wrist – the 38mm looks much more proportionate. But keep in mind that the distribution of the circumference of your wrist may be different. Perhaps mine is narrower.
  22. Mabus51 macrumors 65816

    Aug 16, 2007
    I had the 1st gen 42mm Watch and it is beast on my wrist. Hated it, looked like a house arrest device. Went with the 38mm this time. The 38mm has stronger haptic vibration than the 42mm, the 42mm has a bigger battery, can’t win them all. But if you’re on the fence which to order I really recommend trying both on at the Apple store.
  23. python0704 macrumors regular


    Apr 8, 2015
    42mm. I even got S3 42mm so I can give my S2 42mm to my DW who has a much smaller wrist than me. I put mine on her wrist and it looks good for both sport band and milanese band.
  24. mariotr87 macrumors regular

    Aug 12, 2011
    I settled on the 38mm 2.5 years ago and I've been very happy, so I won't question my own decision :)
    The 38mm looks better on some people, the 42mm looks better on others.

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