Can someone confirm that their 42mm straps properly fit on the 44mm watch?

MacWorld78

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Yes you can use 42mm straps for 44mm watch - it will fit just fine i think :D hey Tim Cook can you confirm that?
 

profmatt

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Yes, they do.

Source: Apple, The Verge review, Hodinkee review

It would have been commercial suicide if they did not.
 
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The Hodinkee review says they fit perfectly...

I'll assuage some of your biggest fears right now: No, you do not need to buy all new watch bands for these news sizes. Apple smartly made sure that the shapes of the new cases make them compatible with the old sizes of bands (38mm for the 40mm and 42mm for the 44mm). When they said this at last week's presentation I was a little skeptical and figured you'd at least be able to notice a small difference, but I should have know better. There's zero noticeable difference – just check out how this 42mm Nike+ Sport Bands looks on the 44mm watch. I know, right?
 
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I like they addressed the how it looks - i.e., we knew they'd fit from a pure design engineering standpoint, but with the watch itself being slightly bigger, if the bands would look, for example, too narrow, or the contours wouldn't be seamless transition from band to watch body.

Looks awesome :)
It's exactly how you would expect Apple to do it.
 

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Right? They usually nail it with those little design details.

We’re waiting for Christmas to replace our two Series 0 - can’t wait (though it gives us some time to think about color and size :cool: )
If you already have a stash of bands.... then your size is going to be the one your band collection fits!
 

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If you already have a stash of bands.... then your size is going to be the one your band collection fits!
Maybe. ;)

We have a decent number of bands, but nothing very exotic and a few lugs + standard watch band that would work with just new lugs. Honestly, we'd be totally OK with scrapping them (probably trading or selling) if we went with a different size. There's also the possibility of us going with different sizes this time (we both have 42mm).
 

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Maybe. ;)

We have a decent number of bands, but nothing very exotic and a few lugs + standard watch band that would work with just new lugs. Honestly, we'd be totally OK with scrapping them (probably trading or selling) if we went with a different size. There's also the possibility of us going with different sizes this time (we both have 42mm).
Mine are all apple bands, so basically a small fortune.... so even if I could wear the larger one (can't cuz I can't get the larger sport bands small enough for my wrists!) i stuck with the 38/40!
 

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Yes you can use 42mm straps for 44mm watch - it will fit just fine i think :D hey Tim Cook can you confirm that?
Considering no one actually has a 44mm at the moment is that an impossible question to answer :(
I preordered the 44mm Space Black watch.

Yes, they do.

Source: Apple, The Verge review, Hodinkee review

It would have been commercial suicide if they did not.
I will figure this out when my watch shows up, I preordered today. I will make a post with comparing pictures with both watches.
 

MacWorld78

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I preordered the 44mm Space Black watch.



I will figure this out when my watch shows up, I preordered today. I will make a post with comparing pictures with both watches.
My confirmation were right, various youtube video "apple watch 4 review" confirm this anyway. I look forward to see your pictures soon.
 

Spendlove

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Similar thought but slightly different - I think we can be all pretty sure that our collection of 42mm bumpers won't fit the new case! Whoever gets my Series 0 is going to have a field day with all the various colours I have!
 

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They fit perfectly. Tried my SB link on my 44mm as soon as I got it and was surprised how seamless it is - even though the case size changed in all dimensions.
 

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What’s your favorite 3rd party Apple Watch lugs to adapt bands with? I’m moving from 38mm to 42mm and I’d like to keep using some of the bands I collected over the years since I started on Watch Series 0. Any help or responses appreciated! Thanks everyone and I hope you’re enjoying your new Apple Watch Series 4 if ya pulled the trigger :)
 

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What’s your favorite 3rd party Apple Watch lugs to adapt bands with? I’m moving from 38mm to 42mm and I’d like to keep using some of the bands I collected over the years since I started on Watch Series 0. Any help or responses appreciated! Thanks everyone and I hope you’re enjoying your new Apple Watch Series 4 if ya pulled the trigger :)
I just use the cheap Chinese ones from eBay (99p).

Be careful though as there are two styles of adaptor I have seen, one which the bar holding the strap screws into the lug and one where the bar pins into the lug. Both take slightly different size straps (the bar is 26mm wide strap and the pin is 24mm wide on my 42mm).

I prefer the pin type adaptor and find it much stronger than the screw in bars - I have had two of these break as the screw that holds them in place is TINY.

Measure how wide your current straps are and check they will fit without too much sliding around. I like mine to fit exactly but some people prefer a bit of wiggle room.
 
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I just use the cheap Chinese ones from eBay (99p).

Be careful though as there are two styles of adaptor I have seen, one which the bar holding the strap screws into the lug and one where the bar pins into the lug. Both take slightly different size straps (the bar is 26mm wide strap and the pin is 24mm wide on my 42mm).

I prefer the pin type adaptor and find it much stronger than the screw in bars - I have had two of these break as the screw that holds them in place is TINY.

Measure how wide your current straps are and check they will fit without too much sliding around. I like mine to fit exactly but some people prefer a bit of wiggle room.
Thanks you! I really appreciate your input. I’ve collected an army of bands I love since Watch 0 all 38mm supported. I’ve been wanting to move to the larger watches for years! I finally took the plunge and I have a small set of bands I wanna convert to be used on my soon to be delivered 44mm. One specifically I love the most is made by Martin and Mcarther it’s Koa wood. I’m going to focus changing that one to practice and I ordered a few different types of lugs off Amazon to try out that match the types you mentioned. Fingers crossed
 

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Thanks you! I really appreciate your input. I’ve collected an army of bands I love since Watch 0 all 38mm supported. I’ve been wanting to move to the larger watches for years! I finally took the plunge and I have a small set of bands I wanna convert to be used on my soon to be delivered 44mm. One specifically I love the most is made by Martin and Mcarther it’s Koa wood. I’m going to focus changing that one to practice and I ordered a few different types of lugs off Amazon to try out that match the types you mentioned. Fingers crossed
Good luck! Have a measure on how wide your 38mm straps are and then you will see how much wiggle room your straps will have on you new watch.

As for the new series 4 I can confirm the old straps fit perfectly. I tried my series 0 straps on a series 4 in the apple store and you wouldn't ever know they were from a different watch.
 
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Good luck! Have a measure on how wide your 38mm straps are and then you will see how much wiggle room your straps will have on you new watch.

As for the new series 4 I can confirm the old straps fit perfectly. I tried my series 0 straps on a series 4 in the apple store and you wouldn't ever know they were from a different watch.
On my long haul red eye last night over the crappy net zero dialup I mean United WiFi I was able to poach a silver aluminum 44mm with a Stone sport loop. Some how and a 9.75 dollar shipping fee bestbuy shipped it over night lol I cancelled my Verizon order and I’ll have that monster by lunch tomorrow! So playtime begins try to retro fit my favorite 38mm bands with new lugs o_O I’ll let you know what happens and if successful on the mods I’ll post some pics! If anyone is hunting for any aluminum series 4 watches BB had a few models with 2 day shipping or cheap over night options FYI
 
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jags828

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Does anyone else have trouble with their 3rd party lugs/bands fitting the new series 4? None of my third party stuff has fit. The lugs seem too thick, especially on the top insert
 

jags828

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My Clockwork Synergy Nylon band didn’t fit and neither does my 3rd party link bracelet.
 
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