Male wearing 38mm?

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by imaginex20, Sep 10, 2014.

  1. imaginex20 macrumors 65816


    Jun 17, 2009
    I am considering the Sport Watch for fitness purposes, would the 38mm suit a male or is it more for females? I don't really want a bulky watch
  2. brewno macrumors 6502

    Jun 8, 2007
    Montreal, Canada
    I have a thin wrist, and I'm male. So I will be getting the 38mm. The looks are the same, so it's not female-oriented. Unless you're getting the pink gold... :p
  3. tkermit macrumors 68040


    Feb 20, 2004
    not dependent on the gender, just your wrist size...
  4. bransoj macrumors 6502a

    Jul 31, 2013
    I dont think there is a specific gender theory behind the sizes more a case of catering for different size wrists. I've had big watches before and never got on with them.

    I was initially thinking the 38mm was for me but when i measured my daily wear watch its about the same size as the bigger Apple Watch so i'm not sure now....plenty of time to decide however!
  5. imaginex20 thread starter macrumors 65816


    Jun 17, 2009
    That's what I figured, thanks guys. Hopefully the battery life is not gimped between the two sizes offered
  6. i0Nic macrumors 65816

    May 17, 2006
    Sydney, Australia
    Im a 5'10" male with smallish wrists, will probably get the 38mm.
  7. deuxani macrumors 6502


    Sep 2, 2010
    Well, all watches I have are between 41mm and 45mm, but the 42mm looks just so huge on all the real life photos on someone's wrist. It probably has to do with it being rectangular and therefore obscuring more of your wrist.

    I will have to try it in real life, but I'm leaning towards 38mm. I want it to stay subtle and not make it geeky :)
  8. douglasf13 macrumors 65816

    Jul 2, 2010
    One thing to consider is that the 38mm and 42mm measurements are the height of the watch, not the width like most watch measurements give. It's the lug to lug length. I think these watches are smaller than people think, and the 42mm model is probably only 38-40mm across.

    That being said, even though I'm 6'1" with medium sized wrists, I think I'm going 38mm, which is probably only 34-36mm across. I usually can't stand large watches.
  9. JaySoul macrumors 68030


    Jan 30, 2008
    I have a thin left wrist and a thick right wrist.
  10. solo118 macrumors 65816

    May 16, 2011
    I am not a fan of huge watches, and my Rolex (at 40mm) fits me just fine even though I have a small wrist.

    I am thinking the 38mm makes more sense for me, but I need to see both in person.
  11. Patriot24 macrumors 68030


    Dec 29, 2010
    So glad to see that no one suggested that the 38mm is "only for girls" (many said the same about white iPhones/iPads). As a community and society we need to move away from that kind of gender stereotyping.

    There are many use cases in which either size will make sense for either gender. Get what fits your needs without feeling the pressures of antiquated ways of thinking.
  12. Jimmy James macrumors 68040

    Jimmy James

    Oct 26, 2008
    You've probably mastered a certain activity.
  13. willmtaylor macrumors G3


    Oct 31, 2009
    A Natural State
  14. joejoejoe macrumors 65816

    Sep 13, 2006
    Male with big wrists here, but I like small watches.

    I'd get the 38, but not sure I'm getting one at all. Gen 1 is thiiiiick.
  15. mwa Suspended


    Jun 3, 2013
    Memo: A Slower Seesaw!
    Apple was very careful not to connect the Apple Watch's size with any particular gender.

    I have a very slight build, so the smaller the better.
  16. douglasf13 macrumors 65816

    Jul 2, 2010
    I don't think it wears as thick as it looks. The straps connect to the middle of the case, so that height gets cut in half, visually, when on the wrist. A lot of my automatic watches are the same way. They look much thicker off wrist.
  17. joejoejoe macrumors 65816

    Sep 13, 2006
    I still wouldn't be able to put it under my shirt cuff.

    I wear a watch that's about 5mm thick (prob less), I wouldn't be able to handle something so big and clunky on my wrist. It's more about the feel than he look for me.
  18. douglasf13 macrumors 65816

    Jul 2, 2010
    Really? Most guys that I've talked to on watch forums think that somewhere around 11mm-13mm is the cutoff height for fitting under the shirt cuff. A Rolex DateJust is 10.4mm tall, and a Submariner is 12.8mm tall.
  19. joejoejoe macrumors 65816

    Sep 13, 2006
    Per some of the articles I've read, yes really.

    We don't have exact dimensions for the iwatch yet, but i'd be surprised if it was around 10mm. Looks much much larger.
  20. douglasf13 macrumors 65816

    Jul 2, 2010
    I just posted a thread about it. It appears to be in the 12.5mm-13mm range, and a couple of millimeters of that is the pulse sensor on the back. I think the watch is smaller than people think, making it look thicker than it really is.
  21. joejoejoe macrumors 65816

    Sep 13, 2006
    I certainly appreciate you taking the time and doing all the detective work, I can see you're really passionate, which is awesome.

    Just expressing my opinion that even something in the 10mm range is too much for me. Lots of people have grown accustomed to not having something that big on their wrist, it's a matter of preference.

    I'll wait a few years for the software to improve and the hardware to thin out, then I'll pick one up. Nothing will really change my mind that watch is too thick for me.

    Now if only I could hope that the watch would someday be round.
  22. douglasf13 macrumors 65816

    Jul 2, 2010
    Not sure I'm all that passionate. Just a little free time at the moment. :)

    Hodinkee just did an article about the watch, and they do say it's a tight fight under a cuff.
  23. mangomind macrumors 6502a


    Mar 15, 2012
    But its thickness makes it geeky.
  24. douglasf13 macrumors 65816

    Jul 2, 2010

    It isn't all that thick. It's just so small that it looks thick. A 10.5mm case with a 2mm case back is pretty average in the mechanical watch world.
  25. sparky1499 macrumors regular


    Oct 5, 2008
    Glasgow, UK
    I have thin wrists and I wear a mid size 38mm Tag Heuer watch...

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