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I wear my Ultra on my right wrist and find it awkward trying to operate it. Using my index finger on my left hand is difficult at best. It seems like it would be easier to use with the buttons reversed.

I have to believe there are others that wear their AW on their right wrist. Rolex has a 'right-hand' version of their GMT-Master II so I have to believe Apple could make right-hand versions.

Anyone else thought about this?
 

CMoore515

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I wear my Ultra on my right wrist and find it awkward trying to operate it. Using my index finger on my left hand is difficult at best. It seems like it would be easier to use with the buttons reversed.

I have to believe there are others that wear their AW on their right wrist. Rolex has a 'right-hand' version of their GMT-Master II so I have to believe Apple could make right-hand versions.

Anyone else thought about this?

I wear mine on my right hand because I’m left-handed. I flipped the orientation of the buttons in watchOS and it’s been fine for me.
 
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rmw49

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I'm also left handed and have worn all my Apple Watches (4, 7 and now Ultra) on my right hand. I use my index finger of my left hand to steady the watch and touch the main buttons with my thumb and the yellow activity button on the Ultra with my left index finger. Couldn't be easier.
 

Beards

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Same here…. Left Handed, watch on the right wrist and orientation flipped so that the two buttons face towards the fingers.
 

BugeyeSTI

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I wear my Ultra on my right wrist and find it awkward trying to operate it. Using my index finger on my left hand is difficult at best. It seems like it would be easier to use with the buttons reversed.

I have to believe there are others that wear their AW on their right wrist. Rolex has a 'right-hand' version of their GMT-Master II so I have to believe Apple could make right-hand versions.

Anyone else thought about this?
If you're not left handed, wearing any right handed watch isn't going to be easy because of the orientation of the crown. I fail to see a difference in trying to manipulate or operate a mechanical or Apple Watch configured to be used on your right wrist. Both use your left hand to operate buttons or make changes to time/date (mechanical). It always baffles me when a right handed person doesn't wear their watch on the left wrist..
 
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chrfr

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I'm also left handed and have worn all my Apple Watches (4, 7 and now Ultra) on my right hand. I use my index finger of my left hand to steady the watch and touch the main buttons with my thumb and the yellow activity button on the Ultra with my left index finger. Couldn't be easier.
This is what I do and I've never felt the need to do it any other way.
 

BlackBun

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I wear mine on my right hand because I’m right handed. Crown on the bottom left. Never had any issues since AW 4 when I first started with AW.
 

Jackbequickly

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I change arms every once in a while and it does not take long to get used to it. Pushing the buttons and operating the crown on either side with either hand is not difficult for me.
 
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tivoman

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I wear my S4 on my right wrist and the crown/button are on the right. I use my left hand thumb for the crown/button. If I have my watch on my left wrist, that is a fiasco. ;)
 

ArchEtech

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Just flip the orientation the in the settings. You have have the crown and the screen oriented the way you want in separated settings.

The crown ends up on the bottom vs the top but you have have oriented the same way.
 

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JT2002TJ

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I wear my S4 on my right wrist and the crown/button are on the right. I use my left hand thumb for the crown/button. If I have my watch on my left wrist, that is a fiasco. ;)

What do you do when wearing a long sleeve shirt?

As a right handed person living in a right handed world, with a left handed wife, I can clearly see the need for a left handed watch. But unfortunately, like with everything it is a matter of cost to produce. If you could special order (for the same price) an Apple watch in a Left handed version, I would have purchased that for my wife when I got her, her last watch. They don't have to stock them in store, just have them available via instore/online order.

I always noticed the left handed people suffering in right handed desks all the way through college. Even the auditoriums where I work (a university hospital) with fold up tables are all on the right side.
 

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What do you do when wearing a long sleeve shirt?

As a right handed person living in a right handed world, with a left handed wife, I can clearly see the need for a left handed watch. But unfortunately, like with everything it is a matter of cost to produce. If you could special order (for the same price) an Apple watch in a Left handed version, I would have purchased that for my wife when I got her, her last watch. They don't have to stock them in store, just have them available via instore/online order.

I always noticed the left handed people suffering in right handed desks all the way through college. Even the auditoriums where I work (a university hospital) with fold up tables are all on the right side.

Jumping in here, the only 'clothing issue' I've had with my configuration is a rather heavy and rather short sleeved leather jacket that would either brush against the crown, or actually push it with enough force to activate it. It was never a problem, and still have the jacket. It would have to be a little more than a shirt I think to cause mayhem. I mean, for 'shirts'.
 

Bichon

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I'm somewhat ambidextrous, but tend to do fine-motor skilled operations (like writing) with my left hand, and gross-motor skilled operations (like batting or throwing a baseball) with my right. By that logic, I'd expect to want to wear and use the Apple watch as a leftie would, but in practice I wear it on my left wrist (like a righty) and have had absolutely no trouble adapting to clicking and swiping with my right hand.
 
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JT2002TJ

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Jumping in here, the only 'clothing issue' I've had with my configuration is a rather heavy and rather short sleeved leather jacket that would either brush against the crown, or actually push it with enough force to activate it. It was never a problem, and still have the jacket. It would have to be a little more than a shirt I think to cause mayhem. I mean, for 'shirts'.

My button up dress shirts for work sometimes have just enough room to fit my Ultra. One I actually have to pull up to see the watch face. It is nice having the crown towards the hand when wearing these shirts.

I also use swim mode to stop my 18 month old son from sending out text messages when he's sitting on my lap. So, I have to "unlock" the watch every time I need to do anything more than look at the time.
 
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