Men: 38mm or 42mm

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by papa8706, Mar 9, 2015.


Men: 38mm or 42mm?

  1. 38mm

    413 vote(s)
  2. 42mm

    777 vote(s)
  1. papa8706, Mar 9, 2015
    Last edited: Mar 15, 2015

    papa8706 macrumors 6502a

    Apr 24, 2010
    Which size are you going to choose after seeing all the dimensions of the faces/bands today?

    Please feel free to post your wrist size as well as what face size you chose. More information the better. Thanks
  2. papa8706 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Apr 24, 2010
    I have a small wrist around 165mm and I hate bulky smart watches like the original pebble. I keep telling myself 38mm but after seeing that Gruber article say, "some men (and, I suspect, many boys) will wear the 38 — but in broad strokes the 38 is the women’s version and the 42 is the men’s. "

    I know it's only one mans opinion but what do you guys think based on my wrist size. Leaning towards the link band.
  3. BMox macrumors 6502a

    Apr 14, 2014
    United Kingdom
    38mm for me. Small wrists so no need to go for the 42.
  4. MH01 Suspended


    Feb 11, 2008
    Completly depends on your wrist size. Your poll is just asking people's wrist size.
  5. /dev/toaster, Mar 9, 2015
    Last edited: Mar 10, 2015

    /dev/toaster macrumors 68020


    Feb 23, 2006
    San Francisco, CA
    Small wrists mean I am going with the 38mm.

    Update: I measured my wrist and it is 165mm so ya, the small watch makes sense for me.
  6. AngusW macrumors 6502


    Jun 19, 2013
    I'm not sure which yet. I may wait till they start the previews in stores then decide after I get my hands on it. But right now I'm thinking 38mm it's just a little smaller than the current Galaxy Gear S which I tried on over the weekend which is like 39mm and change which was a good size.
  7. papa8706 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Apr 24, 2010
    Not really, the 38mm comes in bands up to 200mm so just 15mm short of the max length for the 42mm.
  8. SactoGuy18 macrumors 68030


    Sep 11, 2006
    Sacramento, CA USA
    42 mm--if only for slightly easier readability (I have terrible vision and wear progressive bifocals).
  9. MH01 Suspended


    Feb 11, 2008
    Band length is irrelevant . It's how the watch looks on your wrist. If you have a big wrist, a 38mm will look like a women's watch. If you have small wrists and put on an 42, you will look like a kid with an adult watch. Watch size is about being in proportion with the wrist.


    Are the screen sizes not identical on both?
  10. Mr.C macrumors 601

    Apr 3, 2011
    London, UK.
    I have small wrists but I'm still getting a 42mm model. I have the Pebble at the moment and whilst it looked odd to begin with it doesn't anymore. I rather have the slightly larger display even if it's not that much bigger.
  11. Yr Blues macrumors 68020

    Jan 14, 2008
    Same number of pixels, NOT the same density.
  12. rick98761 macrumors 6502

    Feb 18, 2005
    Kansas City, MO

    Not the same number of pixels. Same density.
  13. papa8706 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Apr 24, 2010
    They aren't identical screens and band lengths are relevant...they fit larger wrists so it's an option for different fit and styles.
  14. Diana Prince macrumors regular

    Diana Prince

    Oct 11, 2011
    I'm not a man but...

    I couldn't go smaller than 42mm. My current watch (women's) is 45.5mm (and I don't look like a kid wearing an adult watch). I'm short and very petite. I wish this case came bigger. :D
  15. leenak macrumors 68020

    Mar 10, 2011
    When you are repelling bullets with your bracelet err 'watch', it should be big.
  16. John6Plus macrumors 6502


    Sep 19, 2014
    Holland, MI
    I'm not sure the 38mm will look petite on anyone who doesn't play in the NBA or NFL. It's already larger than most men's watches I see. Measuring it on my wrist I think the 38mm would look bulky. It honestly looks a little big on wrists in most photos I've seen. The watch itself is pretty, so it's not like it'll be mistaken for a 1988 Casio calculator watch, but on my wrist the 42 seems out of the question, and the 38 is borderline.

    I can't be sure until I try one of course.
  17. Paulshaqz macrumors 6502a

    Sep 10, 2009
  18. philon13 macrumors newbie

    Feb 17, 2010
    I am going for the 42mm model, mainly for the hope it offers better battery life. This quote is from the Apple Watch Battery webpage:
    "Apple Watch battery performance claims are based on test results from the 38mm Apple Watch. A 42mm Apple Watch typically experiences longer battery life."
  19. RossMak macrumors 6502


    Jun 14, 2012
  20. mattopotamus macrumors G5


    Jun 12, 2012
    Small wrist here, and will get a 38. Really 38 and 42 is not that big of a difference.
  21. papa8706 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Apr 24, 2010
    Good point, I didn't even think about battery
  22. iGeek2014 macrumors 68020

    Jun 29, 2014
    === Nowheresville ===
    I'm going to save up and get the Sport Edition in a 38mm case.

    Lost six stone (84 lbs) last year so got me some skinny wrists here, haha.
  23. Chupa Chupa macrumors G5

    Chupa Chupa

    Jul 16, 2002
    Engadget reports the battery life in the 42mm is marginally better -- not something one would notice.

    Anyway I used the "actual size" pictures on the Apple Store App. Very torn between sizes. I have a small wrist. The 38mm fits well but it just seems the smaller screen would be harder to use and read. Hopefully those at the event today will write some good "first look" articles, not just "the gold watch is beautiful" crap.

    Also hard to tell what effect the mass of the watch plays and also not sure how the watch sits on the wrist; i.e., flush or goes along the curvatures.
  24. papa8706 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Apr 24, 2010
    One thing that concerns me too is that some of the bands seem a little skinnier/strike me more feminine. At least theres plenty of time before pre-orders to see what the consensus is in some of the first looks like you said.

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