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Any guys who wear the smaller version of series 3/4?

areskins

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Do guys prefer the bigger sized watches? I tried wearing a 44mm one in an apple store and it looked too big? Never had an apple watch before. Can you guys show some pictures.
 

ApfelKuchen

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There are small women who like the 44mm, I've seen some guys wearing the 40mm... Mostly a matter of taste and what you're comfortable with, although occasionally the available sizes of a particular band vs. wrist dimension has an impact.

Based on you choice of watch faces, watch face colors, and band colors, you can make a fashion statement that leans towards a particular gender identity regardless of the size of the watch, but overall, this is a unisex product. It's not like the small watch is as small as a traditional woman's "dress" watch (so small you need a jeweler's loupe to read the dial).

I'm a pretty large guy and I do wear the 44mm, but mostly for the size of the display. Overall, I think the whole oversize watch thing (like the divers wrist watches the size of old-fashioned railroad conductors' pocket watches) is a bit much. In comparison to those, the 44mm Watch is petite.
 
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Significant1

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I am male and 40mm wear. I think the 44 looks too big. Also on many YouTuber, which annoys me, when the subject is not about Apple Watch. Though when doing endurance workout, I could use the bigger battery of 44mm.
 
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Relentless Power

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Do guys prefer the bigger sized watches? I tried wearing a 44mm one in an apple store and it looked too big? Never had an apple watch before. Can you guys show some pictures.

Apple made the 40 mm and 44 mm for anyone who finds it necessary, it doesn’t just have to be the ‘larger size’ for the males. There are quite a few males that even where the 38 mm Series 3 Apple Watch that I have seen in public. It’s just whatever size _you’re_ comfortable with, if you think the 44 mm is too big, then I would definitely downgrade to the 40 mm in that respect.
 
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Azathoth123

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I've always worn the smaller version - I have smaller wrists. I see a lot of the smaller size on both men and women, and the larger size!

Back 40+ years ago, I really wanted a Rolex Explorer. I couldn’t do it, the Explorer is very large watch and the lugs were over the sides of my wrist. I’ve looked at a friend’s Samsung smartwatch, same applies, I couldn’t wear one even if I wanted to (which I don’t).

That said, I would like to try the larger Apple Watch out, maybe next upgrade...
 
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Do guys prefer the bigger sized watches? I tried wearing a 44mm one in an apple store and it looked too big? Never had an apple watch before. Can you guys show some pictures.

Always go big......because Apple Watch displays DATA.

Best way...look at your wrist while standing in front of mirror.

And if you do take a pic of your wrist with your iPhone, then use TELEPHOTO lens...it has less distortion than wide.
 
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Strider64

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I wear the smaller size mainly because it's an AW3 and I didn't feel like paying the extra money for the larger size. I also normally don't like wearing watches to begin with, but the AW3 has some good features that I like. The smaller the footprint, the better I like it.
 
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HappyIntro

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I definitely prefer the smaller size. I wear a 38 mm Series 3 and it's about the perfect size for me. If my wrists weren't so skinny, I'd consider the larger size, just to get the larger screen. Before I switched to the Apple Watch, I'd wear 'Seiko 5' automatics that were designed for Japan's home market. These range in size between 36 mm and 39 mm, so my 38mm series 3 feels very normal to me.
 
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shakopeemn

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I wear the 38 mm size and it's a win in two ways. I can read the screen and notifications without any issues as someone over 30 AND it doesn't scream Apple Watch on my wrist. Apple Watches don't have a very interesting look +90% of the time when the screens are blank.
 
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nburwell

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I'm a male and always go with the smaller case size (currently 40mm for the Series 4). I tried the bigger case at my local Apple Store and it was way too big looking for my wrist.
 
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perezr10

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I actually like the 38/40mm watches better. They are lighter and easier to run with. My problem is I like the wider bands that come with the 42/44mm watches.
 
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TotalMacMove

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I wear 40mm because i prefer to more “stealthy” look. Lots of men want to swing a big one, whether it be on your wrist or somewhere else. I dont understand why anyone thinks the 40/38 is for women.. i simply have no reason to have a larger screen on my wrist, I’m not blind and the 40mm is more than adequate to read texts and time.

 
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kup1986

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I wore a 38mm when the AW first came out. I hadn’t worn a watch in decades, so the 42 felt massive.

Once I got used to wearing a watch, I got a 42 Series 2. I can’t imagine going back to a 38 now that I have a 44 Series 4. But, I had to break into it slowly.
 
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TheSkywalker77

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I'm planning on getting the Series 3 42MM. I've tried on both sizes and the 38MM was WAY too small for my wrist.
 
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vc1212

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I have the 40mm series 4 SS model. Reasons:

1. I find the smaller model sits nicely on my wrist without drawing too much attention to itself. BTW, I also don't like large mechanical watches, so it is the same with AW.
2. When I workout in the gym, the smaller version is easier to avoid careless brushes with the equipments.
3. Personally I find the SS model looks more premium when it is smaller. But that's just me. :)
 
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Defender2010

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I have the 40mm series 4 SS model. Reasons:

1. I find the smaller model sits nicely on my wrist without drawing too much attention to itself. BTW, I also don't like large mechanical watches, so it is the same with AW.
2. When I workout in the gym, the smaller version is easier to avoid careless brushes with the equipments.
3. Personally I find the SS model looks more premium when it is smaller. But that's just me. :)

Agreed. People are quick to say “oh I want a bigger screen” - but how much time does anyone actually spend looking at their watch in comparison to their iPhone? The beauty of the Apple Watch is that it does most of the work in the background, all one really needs is snippets of info.
Battery life is also a bit of lame argument when it can easily be dropped on a charger at night. Huge Apple Watch vs slightly less battery life? I know what I’d rather choose. There’s nothing worse than seeing a man or woman wearing the larger size hair for a bigger screen when it totally “drowns” their wrist...unless perhaps you are one of those people who wear it in bed which I find nuts.
Id be too scared in case I whacked my partner in the face when turning over!

I’m 6ft 3, muscular build and huge hands but smaller wrists compared to my forearms. Always used the smaller size, on this occasion size doesn’t really matter...but it’s a personal choice as most things are.
 
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nikkisharif

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I know several me that wear the 40mm & I see nothing wrong with that. People should get what fits them and their needs. My wrists are large (~19cm) & the 40mm looked small on me & caused me not to wear it as much. The screen was just fine. I eventually traded it in for a 44mm & that fits me much better. Buy what’s best for you. If you like the 40mm better, go for it!! Who cares what anyone thinks! You’re the one that has to wear it and love it!! This whole men’s & women’s Apple Watch size/Apple Watch band color thing is quite childish.
 
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Poki

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I'm still wearing a 38 mm Series 0, which I think not only looks better, but also feels more comfortable on my kinda thin writs. I'm a little hesitant upgrading to a 40mm watch, I still hope they can shrink the watch back to 38mm, maybe by reducing the screen bezels.

I'd recommend you just try both sizes at an Apple store and pick the one that you feel more comfortable with.
 
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Sajal

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On my wrist, the 38mm or the new 40mm looks more watch like. I am a male and don't have very thin wrist. Used to like casio GShock watches before I got the apple watch.

I have tried the 42mm and the new 44mm and do not like the bigger size.
The price difference is very minor in the country I live in (India, around just $35 difference)

Lastly the small size is very much usable and it's surprising that there's never an error while tapping on any app icon or anything.

It's totally a personal choice.
 
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