Try-On Session Summary - 38 & 42 Comparison on 168mm Wrist w Pics

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

  1. WillSmoke macrumors newbie

    Apr 11, 2015
    I completed my try-on session earlier this afternoon. The young, female Apple store employee was courteous and let me take photos as I tried on the various watch combinations. During the session I tried on the 38 SS and 42 SS Milanese loop, the 38 and 42 SS classic buckle, the 42 SS blue and brown leather loop, and the 42 ALU black sport band. I had already preordered a 38 SS and a 42 SS Milanese Loop, so I was hoping this try-on session would help me finalize my decision.

    Overall, I am really impressed with the Apple Watch as an object (the software felt buggy and incomplete, but I won't go into that here). Apple's incredible attention to detail is absolutely apparent the moment you pick it up. They really did a great job with the two sizes. The 38, while small in the hand and on display, wears beautifully on the wrist. I was worried when I first held it that it might look small when worn, but it has a clean, subtle look that I think would work nicely as an everyday watch. The 42 looked like the perfect size when I first picked it up, and it, too, felt nice on the wrist. The larger size makes a stronger statement, but seemed a bit less elegant (more techy perhaps?). Of the two sizes, the 38 felt more organic, like a smooth pebble on the wrist. Whereas the 42 was almost like a tiny brick (obvious exaggeration). Readability was fine (for me) on both watches, but I was not able to test the functionality of the 38 for a true comparison.

    The first set I tried on was the 38 and 42 Milanese loop. I love the look and feel of this band. There is a small fingernail ridge along the edge of the clasp that is intended to make it easy to grip and pull the band tight. In practice, however, I found it to be a little tricky to grab initially. Of the 4 bands I tried on, the Milanese took the longest to put on and tighten, though I assume it would become easier with practice. I will say the band felt great once tightened, and the infinitely adjustable magnet clasp allowed me to get a perfect fit in several different positions on the wrist. My initial thought was that the 42 seemed a little large on my wrist, but after a few seconds it felt fine. The 38 looks better in the pictures, but I think either size would work well with this band (for me). The only real concern I have about the appearance of 42 with this band is that the clasp ended on the outer edge of my wrist once fitted, making it clearly visible. On the 38, the clasp rested on the underside of the wrist when fitted (preferred).

    The second set I tried on was the 38 and 42 classic buckle. The band was easy to put on and adjust. The leather felt comfortable on the wrist and seemed to be of decent quality, though it is unclear how well it would hold up to daily wear and tear (especially considering the watch must be charged frequently). The most important thing to note about this band is that the lugs add considerable visual size to the watch. The 38 wore nicely, but the 42 looked gigantic. While I did prefer the width of the classic buckle’s leather band on the 42 (the 42's band is wider than the 38's), I would only ever consider this band if I got the 38. Overall, though, the classic buckle is a nice, somewhat generic, band that I think would work well with casual office attire or even a nice suit.

    So far, I prefer the 38.

    The next band I tried was the leather loop. This band is only available for the 42. When I first picked it up, it felt a little thin and had an unusual texture that didn’t quite feel like leather. However, as soon as I put it on, it felt fantastic. I was able to put it on and adjust it quickly, and the hold felt completely secure (not quite as tight as the Milanese, but certainly not as loose as some of the claims going around the web). I also loved the colors. The darker brown was my favorite. Unfortunately, they only had the brown in a large size so it did not fit properly on my wrist. They had the blue in a medium size which fit perfectly fine. Both colors looked great and would complement a wide range of attire. Also, because the leather loop disappears right into the edge of the watch face, the apparent size is smaller than the 42 with the classic buckle. I really wish Apple made this band for the 38.

    Lastly, I tried on the 42 Apple sport in space grey with a black sport band. The quality of the sport band was better than I expected and it felt comfortable on the wrist. Like the leather loop, the band disappears into the edge of the watch, giving it a clean look that appears smaller than the 42 with the classic buckle. I prefer the stainless apple watch, but the sport version was very nice for the money. I would be like to see how the space grey version looks with a custom leather strap and matching clasp.

    Now I really can’t make up my mind. I slightly preferred the 38 Milanese (which is still my band of choice), but I also planned on getting a second band. I liked the 42 leather loop more than the 38 classic buckle. It really is unfortunate that I am forced to go with the 42 in order to get the leather loop.

    The young female employee did not have a preference and said both looked fine. A male employee who was shadowing her for part of the session said he preferred the 42 (though he may have been a tad biased, as he mentioned that he ordered a 42 for himself – he also had huge wrists!)

    My wrist circumference is approximately 168mm, with a diameter of 55mm. I took several pictures while I was there. Sorry about the poor quality and over exposure. I brought 2 traditional watches (one mechanical and one quartz) with me for comparison – A 36mm YG Rolex Day Date, and a vintage stainless Girard Perregaux Quartz. I also included a photo of the Rolex on my wrist. I generally prefer smaller watches, but take a look at the photos and tell me what you think.

    Lineup for size comparison:

    Milanese 38:

    Milanese 42:

    Classic 38:

    Classic 42:

    Leather Loop 42:

    Leather Loop 42 Side:

    Rolex 36mm Day Date:
  2. docprego macrumors 65816

    Jun 12, 2007
    Henderson, NV
    You must have a really small wrist. Mine isn't anything unusual but the 38 looked like a postage stamp on me. It looks fine on you.
  3. catalyst6 macrumors 6502a


    Oct 13, 2007
    I think you are spot on about the leather loop and the 42mm version. My wrists are quite small for a tall guy. I'm about 6ft tall with 165mm wrists. The Apple guy at the try on session said I was the first male he had talked to that could go with either model. We both noticed that with the 42mm and the leather loop, the watch seemed much smaller. I think this is the ideal combination for those that want the larger watch casing but perhaps don't have the largest wrists.
  4. TheralSadurns macrumors 6502a

    Jul 8, 2010
    milanese 42 I say.

    I ordered the same :)

    He point here, though, is: I actually think it's a GOOD thing, that the band goes all around your wrist back up to the top.
    This way the underside of your wrist which you may rest on a table or desk is completely flat.
    If the loop ended on the underside it would be an annoying bulge if you ask me.
    That's always bothered me about ALL watches. They all close at the bottom making it super uncomfortable to rest your wrist...
  5. TrueBlou macrumors demi-god


    Sep 16, 2014
    You know you make a good point there that hadn't even crossed my mind in it's  overloaded state. It is nice when a watch band sits flat on the underside. Damn, time to rethink my strap choices.... again.... maybe :D
  6. TheralSadurns macrumors 6502a

    Jul 8, 2010
    haha... ya I guess I'm sorry!

    That is why I actually remove my current iPod Nano watch whenever I sit at the desk for longer periods...

    Then again, I'm not a real watch guy that is just super used to wearing watches all the time :)
  7. Curryzz macrumors newbie

    Mar 26, 2015
    Thanks for the write up,it has helped me a little.

    I have just got back from my local apple store,didn't have an appointment to try the watch on unfortunately... just had a good look at them all. Im impressed by all of the watches,overall they look smaller than expected.

    Iv preordered a 38SS with link bracelet already at 8.03 which is due 12/05 onwards.

    Soon as I viewed the watches I thought the 38mm looked to small. I was kind of disappointed with my choice. I was thinking about cancelling my order and going for the 42mm.

    Since arriving home iv changed my mind again, I know the 38mm will look better on my wrist than in the display cabinet.

    My brain is really struggling with this choice. Iv got 70mm wrist similar to yourself and I don't want the watch to stand out to much. Think Il stick with my original choice for now.

    What did you decide? Did your try the Link bracelet?

  8. mattopotamus macrumors G5


    Jun 12, 2012
    I think the 38mm looked best. I think most people are "writing off" the 38mm based on the way it looks on display. Once you actually try it on, it is not nearly as small as it appears to be.

    On the flip side, the 42mm is not as big as you would think either, but on my wrist it does look a little too large. My wrist are 165mm, so they fit me exactly like they fit you.
  9. saschke macrumors 6502

    Feb 2, 2008
    Excellent post, and all the way 38mm for you good sire :)
  10. Curryzz macrumors newbie

    Mar 26, 2015
    Ok, Great info.

    I will hold on and keep my order placed for my 38MM


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