Anyone wear their watch faces on the underside of your wrist?

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  1. Steve686 macrumors 68030

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    I do a bit of scuba diving and always wear my wrist computer with the display mounted on the inner/underside of my wrist. This helps protect against banging the display against pieces of steel on wreck dives and so on. Also helps keep the computer from snagging on stray fishing lines that litter some dive sites.

    I also notice that it is just a bit more natural and convenient to use the buttons on the computer this way because of the way your wrist tends to pronate away from you, versus towards you if you were to hold your hand palm facing down at about stomach level.

    Just curious if anyone wears their normal watches this way or maybe planning on wearing their Apple watch this way for a little extra protection?
     
  2. mightyjabba macrumors 65816

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    For me it would be the opposite of extra protection, since I'm sure I would end up slamming it against my computer, desk or keyboard all the time.
     
  3. rhyme macrumors regular

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    I've thought about it, because I suspect the heat rate monitor might be more accurate that way, but I don't like the look.
     
  4. kdarling macrumors demi-god

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    There are times that I'll wear a watch that way, too, for protection. Or sometimes because it makes it easier to sneak glances at the time (hands folded on a table in front of me, say).

    In any case, most/all of the smartwatches I have, will not automatically turn on in that orientation.

    That's because the wrist twist to bring the face into view, goes the opposite direction from how you twist your wrist if worn on top. So the watch ignores your twist, as it assumes you're actually turning the watch to face away from you.
     
  5. Southern Dad macrumors 65816

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    This was a habit that I picked up when I was a field artillery officer in the US Army. While I now wear my watch on the top of my wrist, I still at times find myself looking at a watch strap buckle as opposed to my Pebble.
     
  6. SHNXX macrumors 68000

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    wel, the microsoft bracelet is supposed to be worn this way.
     
  7. Tyler23 macrumors 603

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    From Apple's own "Wearing Apple Watch" guide:

    "In addition, the sensors will work only if you wear Apple Watch on the top of your wrist."

    https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204665
     
  8. Sophrosyne macrumors member

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    Thanks. I also wanted to wear my watch under my wrist. Stil not enough of a reason to cancel.
     
  9. bbeagle macrumors 68040

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    The watch is worn OVER the wrist, not UNDER. Just like toilet paper is OVER not under! Get it right, people! :)

    [​IMG]
     
  10. BillyTrimble macrumors 6502a

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    Sorry. This is strictly a FYI. "Pronation away from you" is called supination.

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    Absolutely. I just don't understand how anyone can do the toilet paper thing under instead of over.
     
  11. kdarling macrumors demi-god

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    Ha. After living with several females in the house, I have switched to under after decades of over.

    It seems to help hold down the huge amount they use :p
     
  12. chenjas1 macrumors member

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    Surprised that Apple's support page says that the sensors won't work unless it's on the top of your wrist.

    I've seen a few YouTube videos showing people putting two fingers on the backside of the display watches at the stores and have been able to get a HR reading.
     
  13. ericgtr12 macrumors 6502a

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    I once wore my watch with the face on the underside, of course Starsky & Hutch was the most popular show on TV at the time.
     
  14. Sophrosyne macrumors member

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    Who uses toilet paper?
     
  15. Steve686 thread starter macrumors 68030

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    Thank you.

    Baby Wipes only.

    I'm wearing my Watch face up but was curious if anyone did the opposite.

    Thanks for the input guys.

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    .0758% of the people here would probably remember actually watching that classic.

    I'm one of those people.

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    Ahhh yes, SUPination. forgot my terms.

    The airplane scene just came to mind with the Over/Under debate. What's your vector, Victor?

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    I see. I am debating setting the auto on/off feature to "off" regardless of how I wear the watch if it turns on too much in the course of a day without my intent.

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    Hope your guys sent some "messages" down range. ;)
     
  16. SixtyK macrumors 6502a

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    I felt the same way, until I lived with my ex's cat.
     
  17. Uccle macrumors regular

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    Bummer...but thanks. I've worn watches both over and under but was expecting to wear this one under.

    But TP should always be over ;-)
     
  18. Tmdlkwd, Apr 15, 2015
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    W the HRM


    Yes, exactly!!

    I plan to try it out both ways when I cycle
    Then, I am going to compare reading to my Scosche Rhy Plus Optical HRM

    Including wearing both on the same arm, and then, on the opposite wrist
    Trying out several diff combinations

    didnt know sensors for watch on the to:(

    I don't mind wearing the Watch on the underside if its more accurate
     
  19. Tyler23 macrumors 603

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    Please read my above post and the link to Apple's page directly.

    The direct quote from Apple's guide is:

    "In addition, the sensors will work only if you wear Apple Watch on the top of your wrist."
     
  20. Tmdlkwd macrumors member

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    Thanks for the clarification

    Thanks for the clarification
     
  21. dontwalkhand macrumors 601

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    Over, the under thing looks weird, and I doubt the sensors would work correctly with someone wearing it the wrong way.
     
  22. dBeats macrumors 6502a

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    Race car drivers and airline pilots were known to wear them under the wrist (before electronic HUDs and F1 steering wheel info centers came about). They could check the time without removing their hand from the controls. I tried it for a while but couldn't get used to it. Then I got a fairly large watch and it became impossible to do.
     
  23. arminta7 macrumors regular

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    Wouldn't it be like you were wearing it on the opposite wrist? Like if you wore it on the inside of your right wrist it would be the same direction as if you were wearing it on the outside of your left wrist? Would it work if you changed the handedness? Maybe I'm just confused lol
     
  24. Steve686 thread starter macrumors 68030

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    I see your orientation point here.

    I am wondering now if the watch sensors pick up movement from a wrist at your side position to any movement upward that puts the face of the watch looking towards the sky.

    I'm actually gonna drop by Apple now and do some tests on over/under wearing.
     
  25. izzle22 macrumors 6502a

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    Over. In my OPINION under looks freaking ridiculous. Like wearing a shirt backwards with the buttons on your back.
     

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