For the Men: Are any _Guys_ Thinking of Getting the 38mm?

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  1. rhyzome macrumors regular

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    Title says it all.

    For me: I'm not very tall and am skinny and my wrists aren't an exception, so I might just go for the 38mm if it seems thin enough in person.

    Are any other guys considering this? Or am I going to be the guy who got the model everyone knows is for girls?
     
  2. ipodlover77 macrumors 65816

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    4u my friend
    http://forums.macrumors.com/poll.php?do=showresults&pollid=11857
     
  3. eattherich macrumors 6502

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    I wouldn't say the 38mm is for girls but in the traditional sense of men typically having larger wrists I know what you mean. I was in the same situation as you but earlier today I saw the "actual size" watch faces in the Apple Store app on my iPhone. It's a crude way of knowing which is really the best for you but holding them both up to my (pretty skinny) wrist I think the 42mm is the one I'll go for. It'll probably look pretty big on but I think I'm leaning more towards the 42mm because the 38mm actually seems quite small. Also, they're both pretty bulky so it's hard to know for sure until one is actually on your wrist. As of now, it's the Space Gray Aluminum Case (Black Sport Band) for me. Ask me tomorrow and it might be completely different. :)
     
  4. kingofwale macrumors 6502a

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    me

    I don't wear XL shirt when I'm a size small, I don't see why I need to wear a watch that is too big for my wrist
     
  5. dacreativeguy macrumors 68020

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    I heard the Mickey Mouse watch face actually shows Minnie on the 38mm. Just saying.
     
  6. JayLenochiniMac macrumors G5

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    38mm is not a girl's size per se and many guys here are getting it, but avoid the feminine Modern Buckle.
     
  7. Roessnakhan macrumors 68040

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    If I got one I'd want the 38mm, but I wanted the leather loop, which is only 48mm. So ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
     
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  9. melman101 macrumors 68030

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    I was thinking about it, but I'm leaning towards the 42mm. I do have small wrists.
     
  10. Armen macrumors 604

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    Tell that to girls who wear over sized watches as a fashion.
     
  11. kingofwale macrumors 6502a

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    girls also into Justin Bieber and Bachelor show, so no, I don't understand it
     
  12. lunaoso macrumors 65816

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    I'm still debating between the two. As I have around 150mm wrists, I was definite for the 38 at first, but now after seeing mock ups for the 42 on my wrist, I may consider it. It comes down to seeing them at the apple store on the 10th.
     
  13. zacheryjensen macrumors 6502a

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    The most amusing part of this question is that only a few years ago, you'd be ridiculed for wearing a watch over 39mm.

    Here's my wrist in 36mm round watch (on 167mm wrist):

    [​IMG]

    The 42mm Apple watch is a pretty big stretch. It would technically fit (lugs won't hang over the edge of my wrist, that is the only hard rule for watch fit) but it might look oversized. More importantly, to me, it will seem out of proportion and frankly, 99% of the time, you are the only one who will ever notice your own watch and how it looks/feels... unless it's ridiculously oversized.
     
  14. Domino8282 macrumors 6502a

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    I was dead set on the 38mm (I have 165mm wrists), but after talking if over with my wife, she pointed out the following, and is probably right:

    I will second guess my decision either way. I do it every time I buy an Apple product, from color, to storage size, to physical size. However, she believes I will second guess the 42mm less than I would the 38mm because it takes the "manliness" factor out of the equation, and let's face it, even if only subconsciously that does play a role. Any time I have second-guessed a decision to the point of exchanging, it has been to trade up for the larger size, not the other way around.
     
  15. jbachandouris macrumors 601

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    If I chose the 42mm over the 38mm, the 'manliness' factor will have nothing to with it.

    I have small wrists as well and my main concern will be screen size/visibility.

    Although I wear a G-Shock as my daily watch, there is such a thing as 'too big.' There are MUCH bigger G-Shocks than the one I have and I wouldn't wear one.
     
  16. Karnicopia macrumors 6502

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    I'm thinking about the 38 but really not sure yet. I have the paper cutout and with that I think 42 but when I see pictures I think 38. I have pretty small wrists and don't want a big bulky watch so it really comes down to just trying it on. I'd have no problems getting the 38 though if I like the looks of it. Not too concerned about any manliness factor. One thing is I'm looking for space black and if I end up with 38 I'm really screwed on bands, link and sport and that's it. I'd like to get the leather loop so that would be the loss but same thing if the 38 looks better that's what I'm going with. I'm sure there will be good 3rd party bands and probably other Apple bands in the fall so I'm not going to let that swing my decision either. I've just resigned myself to the fact I won't be able to make a decision until I can see them on my wrist.
     
  17. zacheryjensen macrumors 6502a

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    I should say that, despite being pretty heavily biased towards the 38mm model, in the end, I'll be going with 42mm. Despite posting the photo of my 36mm watch on my wrist, it's key to remember that the width of the rectangle watch, (the distance towards and away from the hand) is less than 36mm, and it's this direction that has the biggest impact on whether a watch looks oversized. In the other direction, the main concern is that the lugs don't overhang and that will not be an issue. Even on the gigantic Moto 360 at 46mm, the lugs don't overhang on my 167mm wrist. And while I've always favored really minimally sized watches, this is not truly a watch. Not honestly. It's something new. It's posing as a watch. It's a Trojan Watch. And that's fine. It's a great time to adjust to a new fit and style as I will bet real money that these two case sizes will stick with us for at least 5 years. In fact, I bet the bands sold next month will work with whatever Apple Watch revision ships in 2020. And sadly, it's still a very small watch compared to the nonsensically large wall clocks that more and more men are strapping to their average sized wrists.

    Beyond fit, the 42mm model will offer a little better view, a little better battery life, and the option of the leather loop. I actually think the black modern buckle is suitable for men, and very dressy and nice looking, but, I don't want an extra dangly metal thing at the bottom if I'm going to wear a soft band, and I don't want a classic buckle for being a nuisance to take off and put on. I definitely expect to remove it nightly, and probably sometimes at work when I'm typing heavily. I'm fond of link bracelets for just this reason, but, would rather have a loop (milanese or leather) over a classic buckle. Too bad, then, there is no larger variation of the modern buckle as that clasp design is awesome.

    Another factor in going 42mm is the recent testimony from an iOS developer taken in by Apple's little secret watch dev camp. They say Apple focused them on the 42mm first, 38mm by request. That tells me that the 42mm is the canonical target size and the 38mm, while being an excellent option for smaller wrists of any gender, is going to be the most likely model to suffer usability difficulties that might arise from that minor size difference. As a developer, I hope this is not something that materially manifests, but, well, you can't truly target two sizes in exactly the same way and resources are often limited in software development so...

    42mm, if you can fit it, is my recommendation.
     
  18. sahilpatel12 macrumors 6502a

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    same boat as your but ill be getting 42mm since im used to wearing big watches on my wrist. but again 42mm is not big either comparing it to me current gshock which supposedly comes down to 50mm ish... according to gshock.com

    so yeah
    help yourself out my pics :p:D

    current watch ->http://imgur.com/a/kWost
    with cutouts 38mmvs42mm -> http://imgur.com/a/jcBTY
     
  19. Armen macrumors 604

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    Apparently Michael Kors gets it. They have a line called the "Boyfriend watch" for women. Note the size.

    [​IMG]
     
  20. uiop. macrumors 68020

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    Yes. Smaller wrists and am looking for something more subtle.
     
  21. kingofwale macrumors 6502a

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    my point exactly, if EVERYONE wants oversized watch, it wouldn't have a specific line of product. everything would be oversized.
     
  22. Armen macrumors 604

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    Earlier you stated that you wouldn't wear a watch that was too big for your wrist. I pointed out that other women do and you dismissed that. Now that I'm showing you that someone as big as Michael Kors has a line of Men's watch sizes geared toward women I'm proving your point? how does that make sense?
     
  23. Mr.C macrumors 601

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    I have skinny wrists but I'm still getting the 42mm model. I don't see it as being over sized or out of proportion and couldn't careless what other people might think. I currently have a Pebble which isn't exactly small and the 42mm :apple:Watch will be just fine on my wrist.
     
  24. kingofwale macrumors 6502a

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    I didn't dissmiss anything, I stated that girls sometimes like things that's beyond mine (and many others') understanding.
     
  25. Armen macrumors 604

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    You used Justin Bieber as an example which to me sounded like they made poor choices :p
     

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