Original watch bands don’t quite...

Scott6666

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Original sport watch bands don’t quite fit the series 4. They attach, sure. Because it’s thinner and the watch band holes are the same it’s either too loose or too tight. I wonder if the current sports bands moved the holes a little bit to tweak for the change in watch thickness.
 

savagewatts

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Original sport watch bands don’t quite fit the series 4. They attach, sure. Because it’s thinner and the watch band holes are the same it’s either too loose or too tight. I wonder if the current sports bands moved the holes a little bit to tweak for the change in watch thickness.
Mine fit at right as my Series 0 did. Yours must have a defect.
 

Nozuka

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Original sport watch bands don’t quite fit the series 4. They attach, sure. Because it’s thinner and the watch band holes are the same it’s either too loose or too tight. I wonder if the current sports bands moved the holes a little bit to tweak for the change in watch thickness.
Every wrist is different, so this will be different for everyone.
But if you can't get a good fit with the band that has fixed holes, you should take one with infinit alignment options
 
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nicho

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Every wrist is different, so this will be different for everyone.
But if you can't get a good fit with the band that has fixed holes, you should take one with infinit alignment options
Until you said this, I was thinking along the same lines as all the previous replies who've misunderstood the problem as the band not fitting into the watch, rather than around the wrist.

If OP's wrists are at the big end of S/M or the small end of M/L, then swapping one for the other should fix the issue (there's a good amount of overlap and the sizing is in between). If at the extremities, there's little that can be done.
 

Scott6666

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The holes were perfect on series 0 and 3. Third hole. Now with the thinner watch it’s too loose on 3 and slides up my wrist by about an inch and makes the heartbeat detection less reliable. On 2nd hole noticeably tight.

Watch came with the seashell loop which is infinitely variable so I guess I’ll go with that. Will miss my green series 0 band. They’re not made any longer and I get a lot of compliments on it.

Not complaining just pointing out. By definition the old sport loop can’t fit the same if the new watch is thinner. Just math.
 
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pudcraft

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My S3 bands fit the S4 perfectly. At first I thought there was an issue, but noticed I put them on wrong, LOL
 

nicho

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The holes were perfect on series 0 and 3. Third hole. Now with the thinner watch it’s too loose on 3 and slides up my wrist by about an inch and makes the heartbeat detection less reliable. On 2nd hole noticeably tight.
Try the S/M portion of the band instead of the M/L. Seriously, it'll end up being just right.
 

tarsins

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My series 0 and 2 42mm bands fit my 44mm just fine. Apple did a good job ensuring band compatibility.
 

cwosigns

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Oh. I see your point. Yes, that’s true but it’s worked to my benefit. I’m using an original stainless steel link bracelet that had been a little on the tight side (damned pumpkin spice everything). With the series 4, it fits a little more comfortably.
 

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For me so far they aren’t fitting 100% flush into the watch. There is a little bit of hangover there for me with the 42mm bands in the 44mm watch.
 

Jasonstevens

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This is a photo of my original band and the one which came with my AW4. There’s no difference.

The grey is the old watch band and the pink is the one that came with my AW4.

I can understand the watches being 2mm taller would make the bands feel 2mm longer, but I'm not sure that's a huge deal. I'll know when I get my watch tuesday.

Thread title is annoying though.
 

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nicho

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This is a photo of my original band and the one which came with my AW4. There’s no difference.

The grey is the old watch band and the pink is the one that came with my AW4.
You’ve completely missed his point.

What might be helpful in answering his question is to take those two hands and lay them side by side to show whether the holes are still at the same points (changing the length of the bands, the fit on someone’s wrist between S0/1/2/3 and S4) or if they adjusted them slightly.
 

durangojim

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I bought the new blue 44mm sport band and there is no difference between it and my 42mm other sport bands
 
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Jasonstevens

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They seem the same to me I think the pink bands middle part looks a little thicker because of the lighting not an actual size difference.


You’ve completely missed his point.

What might be helpful in answering his question is to take those two hands and lay them side by side to show whether the holes are still at the same points (changing the length of the bands, the fit on someone’s wrist between S0/1/2/3 and S4) or if they adjusted them slightly.
 

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nicho

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They seem the same to me I think the pink bands middle part looks a little thicker because of the lighting not an actual size difference.
Not those holes (they're not even really holes, as they don't go all the way through). He's talking about the fit *around your wrist*, not into the watch. The holes - the bits the pin fit into, the bits that adjust the sizing for different folks, the only parts of the watch band you can see through...
 

julesme

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I can concur with OP. Because the 44MM S4 is taller than the old 42MM, the bands now are slightly roomier when used on the same hole. This was one of the first things I noticed. 3rd hole on sport loop used to be perfect on my S2. Now it's just a bit too loose. My solution is to switch to the 4th hole. It's a bit too tight but I'm getting used to it...
 
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DDustiNN

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Original sport watch bands don’t quite fit the series 4. They attach, sure. Because it’s thinner and the watch band holes are the same it’s either too loose or too tight. I wonder if the current sports bands moved the holes a little bit to tweak for the change in watch thickness.
Huh, that’s weird... I was worried about this, since I felt 42mm size was perfect, but I didn’t notice any difference going from 42mm s0 to 44mm s4. Old black sport band, Nike sport band from last year, and new white sport band all felt the same to me. I’ll have to compare the old black and new white to see how they line up.
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Original sport watch bands don’t quite fit the series 4. They attach, sure. Because it’s thinner and the watch band holes are the same it’s either too loose or too tight. I wonder if the current sports bands moved the holes a little bit to tweak for the change in watch thickness.
Yeah man mine are exactly the same. Here is my new 44mm silver SS with white sport band, compared to the old black sport band I bought separately a couple years back.

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