Help! Worried what size to buy now!

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by Defender2010, Mar 25, 2015.

  1. Defender2010 macrumors 68030

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    My wrist is 196mm in circumference. I was all set to pre order the 38mm (as I like a smaller watch) but I now fear the strap won't be long enough.
    I'm planning on getting SS with white sports strap (initially). According to Apples size chart - 38 mm M/L strap supports up to 200mm wrist size and 42mm M/L supports up to 210mm.
    This leaves only either 4mm to tuck in inside the band if I use the last hole on the band if I buy 38mm or 14mm if I buy the 42mm.
    Am I measuring correctly? Are Apples band sizes including when attached to the watch itself or is the size they quote (eg. 210mm) for the band minus the watch? It's all a bit confusing! I want to order on 10th April first thing before I go to work and don't have time to get to an Apple Store that day...it's a problem for those of us who want it on April 24th as it may sell out for deliveries that day, before we get a chance to go try it on and confirm our size.

    Maybe the strap size is just for the band? Eg. If you put the two edges of each piece together and measure the circumference.
    Guess we are all in the dark about this one!
     
  2. pragmatous macrumors 65816

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    If it's too small just return it.

     
  3. greytmom macrumors 68040

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    I would assume that "supports up to" would indicate that the top measurement does allow for normal tucking of the end and all.
     
  4. Defender2010 thread starter macrumors 68030

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    Or if it's too big return that too? This isn't helpful, I should as a consumer be able to pick the correct one for me based on information, not guessing and returning if the product is wrong.
     
  5. jafingi macrumors 65816

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    To be honest, I think the 38mm will look ridiculously small on your wrist.
     
  6. Defender2010 thread starter macrumors 68030

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    Well, from the cutouts available here, the 38mm looks great on my wrist. I much prefer a smaller discrete watch. Given the thickness of the watch I think the smaller (height and width) will be better for me. As another user said, maybe the max strap size is "second last band hole" (like shown on most of Apples marketing photos) and the tuck in part will be about the same - give or take a hole or two. :rolleyes:
     
  7. NAYo2002 macrumors 6502

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    I have 178mm wrist and this is how it looks with both 42 and 38.
     

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  8. virginblue4 macrumors 68000

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    I honestly don't understand how anyone can find it confusing. It says wrist circumference and then if each band will fit you. There's no adding or deducting the size of the watch to your measurement.

    The M/L sports band including the watch will fit wrists that are up to 200mm. It's that simple.
     
  9. Lobwedgephil macrumors 68030

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    You are, go to the Apple store and try them on starting on the 10th, and then order the one that fits you better and you like more.
     
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    I don't misunderstand. So, based on what u say, will I need to use the last hole in the sports band as it marks the 200mm max?
    Thanks for the info you did provide though!
     
  11. noobinator macrumors 601

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    I have girly man size sized wrists and am getting the 42mm. I have other watches the same size and they look great even on my small wrists.
     
  12. Night Spring macrumors G5

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    Just curious, but have you never worn a watch before?

    And yes, you'll probably have to use the last hole, and the end will tuck in properly.
     
  13. Defender2010 thread starter macrumors 68030

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    Haha. I'm sure it looks that way! Not since my 20's and it was always a leather loop style surfing watch. Not wore one since smartphones really. I think I'll try to go to the Apple Store first, but I just wanted to pre order and be done with it. Maybe the real life 42mm will look ok.
     
  14. papa8706 macrumors 6502a

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    IMO the 38mm will look very small on your wrist, but if you're into the look then thats cool too. Everyone wears watches differently so if you're 196mm you only have 4mm to work with (given that you measure correctly the thickest part of your wrist). I'd also be concerned that with the 38mm you wouldn't be able to wear the link, milanese loop, or leather loop given your large wrist size.

    I'm not a big fan of overly tight watches so I like to have a little bit of wiggle room to give myself some circulation and adjust. I would go for the 42mm if I were you for better fit/more options down the road but do what you think is right for you.
     
  15. Defender2010 thread starter macrumors 68030

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    I'm measuring just below the ulna so I hope that is correct. I am looking at the Apple Store App at the actual size. 42mm looks far too big on my wrist to be honest. Ummmm,,,,what to do.
     
  16. Night Spring macrumors G5

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    Huh? Below or above? I think of the ends of your body as "below." Anyway, shouldn't you just measure the thinnest part of your wrist?
     
  17. wolfboy macrumors regular

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    Honestly, 38mm is kind of too small for you. Anyone with a wrist size larger than 190mm should go for the 42mm.
     
  18. pragmatous macrumors 65816

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    You'll have to go to the store then and try them on and see what fits you.

     
  19. Defender2010 thread starter macrumors 68030

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    Below the ulna on the arm side, not hand side.
     
  20. chrise2 macrumors 6502

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    If you're worried, order the 38 and 42mm watch at 3:01am Eastern on the 10th. Then goto the Apple Store in the next couple of days and try them on. You should be able to cancel the one you don't want well before it ships.
     
  21. Defender2010 thread starter macrumors 68030

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    Sounds like a plan.
     

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