Surprising try on today - watch size preference depended on band

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by itouch rulz, Apr 19, 2015.

  1. itouch rulz macrumors regular

    Sep 3, 2008

    I had my try on appointment today.

    I have a 38mm SS link ordered. I have a 170-5mm wrist. I have always wanted the slightly smaller watch for the less dorky look.

    I tried on 38mm SS link, 42mm SS link, 38mm classic buckle and 42mm classic buckle.

    I was wearing my Hamilton thin-o-matic black face with leather strap watch to the appointment. I also commonly wear a Casio W-49 SS (swimming, bathing kids and generally mucking around).

    The Apple Watch SS link is very blingy. I was wearing a t-shirt and with bare arms it is really noticeable. Definitely the right choice for me to get the 38. The 42 looked like wearing a iPhone on my arm.

    However with the classic buckle I could definately get away with the 42. It's much more like wearing my Hamilton - SS case and black leather strap. Blends into my arm.

    I'm sticking with the 38 SS link and it's the right choice for me sizewise with that strap. However I thought about changing to the classic buckle and saving myself $450 (AUD here in Sydney). Quite a price difference and arguably no better just a different look. If I was to do that I may have changed watch size to 42.
  2. sam3020 macrumors 6502a


    Dec 3, 2007
  3. H3rman macrumors 6502

    Apr 16, 2015
    170mm wrists with a 38mm? I have 160mm wrists and the 38 felt way too small for me. 42mm felt like the perfect fit with the link bracelet.
  4. itouch rulz thread starter macrumors regular

    Sep 3, 2008
    No. Just prefer more understated look.
  5. TEBnewyork macrumors regular

    Jun 13, 2009
    Funny - I was convinced 42 was perfect for me. I thought the 38 would be small. I tried a 38 yesterday and it didn't seem small at all. But I will stick with 42 for the extra screen real estate.
  6. nasa25 macrumors 65816

    Apr 11, 2010
    I have 170mm wrists and copped the 38mm as well. I'll be using this while playing sports and the smaller face will be more comfortable
  7. catalyst6 macrumors 6502a


    Oct 13, 2007
    I'm a dude with smaller wrists (165'ish mm) and am a bit worried about the 42mm being too big. I ordered that model anyway.

    Went I went to try on the watch. I was surprised to see how much smaller the 42mm looked with the leather loop compared to the classic buckle. I think since there are no lugs on the leather band, it makes the case look significantly smaller.

    I found the 42mm + leather loop to be the perfect fit/look for my wrist size.
  8. sam3020 macrumors 6502a


    Dec 3, 2007
    38 is far too small. Can barely see the screen on it.
  9. Mr.C macrumors 601

    Apr 3, 2011
    London, UK.
    I have 165mm wrists and have preordered the 42mm model. I've tried both sizes on the Apple Store and I personally feel there is nothing dorky about the 42mm nor is it in anyway overstated in looks. The 38mm is too small and the 42mm looks just fine on my wrists. There is nothing scientific about this nor does it have anything to do with popular opinion. It's a personal choice and the wearer has to decided what size they think is right for them.
  10. daijholt macrumors 65816


    Jun 14, 2013
    Wales, UK
    The 42mm watch bands barely fit my 155mm wrists. I could get away with it, but it leaves no room for adjustment later on. Seemed daft to go with 42mm given this reality. I agree that 38mm seems very small, but it looks fine in the photos I took when wearing it, and I actually like the sound of having a more subtle look rather than a "LOOK AT MY WATCH DAMMIT" kind of approach the 42mm might bring.
  11. Pyro-pinky macrumors member

    Apr 16, 2015
    Once you get out of the Apple Store with the other size all around it will look much nicer. I too went with a 38 because I wanted a smaller less in your face look and I had a hard time agreeing but me and the guy helping me try the watch on went for a walk with me around the mall still wareing it and it looks way better when your not constantly looking at the bigger or smaller size.
  12. itouch rulz thread starter macrumors regular

    Sep 3, 2008
    Don't get me wrong - I think the 38mm is dorky as well its just slightly (4mm) less dorky.
  13. GoingDark macrumors 6502

    Nov 2, 2013
    I agree completely about the bands making a difference in perceived size. I thought the 38mm with sport band looked too small and toyish on me, but the 38mm with Milanese looked just perfect, so I ordered a Milanese band to go with my 38mm Aluminum Sport.
  14. zacheryjensen macrumors 6502a


    May 11, 2009
    You tried them on and found what you liked. Whatever you do, do not listen to anyone here who strangely tries to change your mind or question your decision that has nothing to do with them whatsoever.

    I do not understand the nutjob fashion police hanging out on Apple Watch related forums.
  15. Xenious macrumors 6502a

    Mar 22, 2004
    Texas, USA
    150mm and going for 42, but its very subjective.

    I like a big watch look. In today's massive watch fashion style its funny that the "big" apple watch is more sized to "medium" other watches. I aspire to a 45mm Panerai but its too big for me.

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