42mm Link Bracelet Peculiarity

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by al256, Mar 14, 2015.

  1. al256 macrumors 6502a


    Jun 7, 2001
    This "Band fits 140-205mm wrists."

    When I look at the removable links, I see 8 links which can be removed:

    65mm/8 links=8.125mm

    So maybe not too strange... Whenever I see metric units with odd decimal values, it's usually because a product is designed in freedom units. However, no freedom fraction matches this value. 5/16 is 7.94mm and that's as close as a reasonable unit gets.

    But, .125 is a fractional value. What we're left is 8 and 1/8mm links. Does anyone else find this strange? I can only guess it was done to reach a 205mm maximum size instead of 204mm. But then again, I'm also kind of use to companies exaggerating numbers... What's one more mm in the marketing material?
  2. chabig macrumors 603

    Sep 6, 2002
    I've never heard of "freedom units" but I think you're trying to hard to make something out of nothing. I'm sure all of Apple's products are designed in metric, as are most other products made for worldwide sale.
  3. smr macrumors 6502a

    Sep 14, 2007
    Shropshire, UK
    You are assuming that the 8 removable units is the maximum size. There might be 10, 12 or more to make the maximum band size - it's just that only eight were used when the picture was produced.
  4. papa8706 macrumors 6502a

    Apr 24, 2010
    I have a smaller wrist. What worries me is they say, "And several links feature a simple release button, so you can add and remove links without any special tools."

    Make me wonder if some of the other links still need to removed with special tools?
  5. dljeffery macrumors regular

    Aug 9, 2011
    Issaquah, WA
    Is it any stranger than the 42mm watch measuring 42.0mm x 35.9mm x 10.5mm?

    Also, are there really people who say "freedom units"???
  6. troop231 macrumors 603

    Jan 20, 2010
    I've been in engineering and never heard of freedom units lol. I've heard imperial of course on the other hand.
  7. JFazYankees macrumors 6502


    Feb 12, 2012
    There are actually at least 12 removable links.


  8. papa8706 macrumors 6502a

    Apr 24, 2010
    Very nice, thanks. Do know if thats the 38mm by any chance? Looks a little smaller to me
  9. 8CoreWhore macrumors 68020


    Jan 17, 2008
    Big D
    Watches that have adjustable bands sometimes come with a few links separate in the box to add if needed.
  10. MeFromHere macrumors 6502

    Oct 11, 2012
    For the watch pictured, probably only 6 links can be removed. Not 8. I suspect that 2 of the 8 button-enabled links have one side permanently attached to neighboring links.

    The smallest configuration needs to have two "link removal buttons" remaining, or there would be no way to disconnect things to add links back in.

    I did the same calculation as you (based on 6 removable links for the 42mm and 4 removable links for the 38mm). It looks to me like the links are not the same size on the two bands.


    But we don't know if that watch already had extra links added for the demo.
  11. JFazYankees macrumors 6502


    Feb 12, 2012
    It's the 42mm. Here's the video I took the screenshots from: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cIavmZDwt1w. You can see "42mm" if you look really close when the watch is upside down around 13 seconds in.


    Since you can't buy additional links, this is extremely unlikely and may not even be possible.
  12. Glideslope macrumors 603


    Dec 7, 2007
    A quiet place in NY.
    Your going to spend $1,099 on a 42mm SS, and you expect "a couple extra links" (each Link Bracelet takes close to 9 hrs to machine and assemble) in your uniquely Eco Friendly Box? :apple:
  13. Mikes1 macrumors member


    Feb 21, 2015
    In this image it appears the ends of the links are polished unlike the bare SS one ......nice touch


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