Just got back from the Apple Store

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by Wallabe, Apr 11, 2015.

  1. Wallabe, Apr 11, 2015
    Last edited: Apr 12, 2015

    Wallabe macrumors 6502a

    Mar 15, 2015
    My wrist is about 175mm, 60mm wrist width.

    I tried both size on and tried on all the different bands as well. Before I came in, I believe the 38mm was the most proportionate watch to get. After trying on a few different watches and sizes, I asked the person who helped me try it on which was the best size to get, and he said the 38mm. I didn't suggest to him which one I preferred, so I didn't want to show any bias when asking another person.

    In the end, I'm sticking with the 38mm SS with black sports band and I'll be canceling my 42mm SS black sports band.

    The best bands I like are the rubber bands. It felt the softest and the most comfortable. The other band that was a sweet surprise was the modern buckle. I fit in it, and it's the second most comfortable band for me, second to the rubber bands. The classic buckle has a leather that's twice as thick but not as supple as the modern buckle leather. The thinner leather of the modern buckle felt much better and wraps around my wrist easily.

    The Milanese loop was also surprisingly comfortable. I'm still on the fence whether I want one or not. It was complicated to put on, even with the person who helped me try it on. It just doesn't hold its shape and flops everywhere when I am trying to put it on. Once it's on, everything was better and can be easily adjusted.

    The least comfortable band is also the most expensive, which is the SS link band. Naturally, it's rigid when it comes to flexibility. When I tried the 42mm SS link band, I had 2 links removed from both sides, and there were still room. Perhaps removing at least 1 more link from both sides to get the appropriate fit. I'm wary of the $449 price tag, that comes almost to the $500 price tag of the SS watch case itself.

    So I'm keeping my 38mm SS black sports band. I also preordered a white and blue sports band. I hope they come before my Disney World trip in May. For the modern buckle, it's currently unavailable, so I'll have to keep an eye on that. I guess my personal tastes are soft and supple bands.

    In my opinion, when it comes to bands, the $249 price tag of the modern buckle might not be worth it, but it's the second one I like best and so I'll get it. I hope the 2nd and 3rd gen watch will be compatible with the bands of the first gen to make this worth it. For the $449+ price tag of the SS link, it's not worth it. I think you're paying for the "engineering". Think of the first generation Macbook Air priced at nearly $3000, Apple had to re-engineer the whole laptop to get it that small.

    These were taken with the help of the person who help me tried them on. They were taken about 10-12 inches from the watch, except for the first two pictures.

    38mm silver sport + white band:

    I don't remember if this is 38mm or 42mm:

    42mm SS link (I didn't close the clasp. The watch case is way too big here):

    38mm SS + black modern buckle:

    38mm SS + Milanese loop:

    42mm SS + leather loop: (I think it's too big. What do you think?)

    38mm SS black + black link: I'd say this look sharp, but there isn't much else when it comes to band flexibility.

  2. lunaoso macrumors 65816


    Sep 22, 2012
    Boston, MA
    Really great pictures! :D I would say the 38mm for you. While I think you could pull the 42 off, the 38 just looks better on you in my opinion.
  3. Wallabe thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Mar 15, 2015
    I just canceled my 42mm order. It goes to the next person in the preorder line. :D

    38mm should be here April 24 to May 8.
  4. Wallabe thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Mar 15, 2015
    Thank you. I agree the 38mm looks better on my wrist. :)
  5. Geckoking macrumors member

    Apr 11, 2015

    I would have bought it from you...
    I came back from the store and i should have ordered the 42mm. Now i have to wait till June. Uggh...
  6. Juansito macrumors regular


    Sep 12, 2014
  7. saschke macrumors 6502

    Feb 2, 2008
    Yep, 38mm looks perfect on your arm (I have nearly the same proportions). I can't believe the people going 42mm at that size to be honest. Thanks for the great report.
  8. jabingla2810 macrumors 68020

    Oct 15, 2008
    I think you could wear either size and it would work.

    It's down to which one you prefer :)
  9. shiftywxm macrumors member

    Mar 18, 2015
    The colours of the sports bands look a little bit deeper than in the Apple Store. For those who have seen them in person, is that something you've noticed?
  10. Phil A. Moderator

    Phil A.

    Staff Member

    Apr 2, 2006
    Shropshire, UK
    As others have said, I think you could get away with either size but I prefer more discrete watches so would say that the 38mm looks the best on you. Others may prefer larger watches and would go for 42mm - personal preference is a great thing :)

    I've got similar sized wrists (same width, larger circumference due to operation scars on bottom of my wrist) and have also gone for the 38mm.
  11. matrix07 macrumors 601


    Jun 24, 2010
    You want understated style and 38 will give you that.
  12. NAYo2002 macrumors 6502

    Apr 16, 2011
    38mm looks great on you. Someone said this already: the link band mades both sizes look bigger on people. I got a 42mm sport, but I would've gone with 38 if I were getting the link band.
  13. gorkt macrumors 6502a


    Sep 15, 2007
    The nice thing about the 38mm is that you see more of the band on your wrist while wearing the watch. I like your choices! When my budget permits, I also want a modern buckle. I like the navy one because the blue sets off the buckle nicely.
  14. Appl3FTW macrumors 603


    Nov 15, 2012
    42mm for the one you said you don't remember the size. But imo you should've stuck with 42.
  15. uiop. macrumors 68020


    Jul 22, 2008
    Grand Rapids, MI
  16. Wallabe thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Mar 15, 2015
    I'd like to be fair to those who did stay up like me but weren't able to submit their orders until after I did. :)

    Hope it didn't go to a scalper. :(

    But at least 1 more person will have it in their hands, a copy of the 42mm on the April 24th to May 8.
  17. Apples n' Stone macrumors 65816

    Apples n' Stone

    Apr 13, 2015
    Maidstone, U.K
    I see what you mean, my wrist size is slightly smaller so I went for the 38mm Milanese loop. My budget could've stretched to the link bracelet, I liked it when I tried it on. But I didn't want to wait longer, luckily it was 08:01 am for us in the UK when the preorders became live which is a change to 06:01 like it's been historically. (I would know, I got up at 6 during my holiday and found out it had changed...). Disappointed that the Modern Buckle is "Currently Unavailable" on its own. I would have liked the second strap...
  18. Bobioden macrumors 68000


    Sep 23, 2007
    I want the black sport band, just not liking the space gray face as opposed to the silver face.

    Great pics, the watch looks good on you.
  19. mac.cali macrumors 65816

    Mar 16, 2012
    Then buy the black band and sell the band it came with to help offset the cost. Selling the band won't be difficult at all.
  20. Ayeyotone macrumors 6502


    Sep 15, 2012
    Just came from the Apple Store and curious to know which watch size looks better on my wrist this is my first time really wearing a watch and I have no clue what my wrist size is the black one is 42mm the other 2 are 38mm thanks

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  21. metacove1 macrumors member

    Aug 7, 2014
    I'm sure everyones wrists are different. I have a 174mm wrist with a 60mm circumference and the 42mm does not look as large.

    Some of the pics of the 42mm on you certainly make it look large.

    42mm Space Grey on my 174mm wrist with 60mm width.
  22. Wallabe thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Mar 15, 2015
    I would imagine that if you like tattoos, you would like a louder watch. Go 42mm.
  23. CharlieCat666 macrumors regular


    Mar 13, 2015
    Minneapolis, MN
    42mm looked much better on you but to each his own.
  24. Starrbuck macrumors regular

    Jun 8, 2010
    Thank you for this thread! I had ordered the 42mm but you really made me reconsider. I have a small wrist for a guy and although I haven't worn a watch in a few years I remember when I was younger how silly larger watches look on me, so I changed my order to the 38mm. :)
  25. Subdiv macrumors 6502

    Jan 17, 2014
    Excellent presentation! I agree with your 38mm choice.

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