Ultimate Sizing Guide for Watch By An Actual Stylist.

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by macAllen, Apr 10, 2015.

  1. macAllen, Apr 10, 2015
    Last edited: Apr 14, 2015

    macAllen macrumors 6502


    Feb 24, 2009
    Las Vegas
    *Disclaimer Before you read... Keep in mind this is a guide. make sure you actually go to a store and try one on! If you find any of the information below doesn't apply to you or you disagree. Then guess what, welcome to the fashion world where fashion is fashion. And if it works it works. As long as you got the confidence and as long as you feel good about yourself, why not? Who cares what others think? Just get it!

    For those of you that have not preorder or still having some doubts on what size you should get. Listen up!

    I can sit here and talk about the golden ratio and all...

    But lets make this simple...

    Grab your wallet, take out a credit card, (send me a pm of the numbers) no don't, I don't need your money :p

    Take out your credit card and lay it the long way across your wrist. So that the numbers are vertical, going up and down your wrist. With the last four digits of the card closes to your wrist bone and the first four digits closes to your elbow.

    Heres the thing about wrist measurements talk about on many forums. Picking a watch size has nothing to do with wrist circumference. That only matters when your picking a band size. It has to do with wrist width. Everyone is not the same circumference and width being completely different to others.

    So back to the Card!
    Take it and lay it across your wrist.

    A. Your wrist literally disappears under the credit card
    B. Your wrist matches or just a tad smaller, or just a tad larger.
    C. Your wrist is much larger than your credit card but at least 8-10mm or more

    If you got A Then there's no way the 42mm is going to look great on you... in short, it will look like a toy is on your wrist.

    If you got B Your special! Like me! You can choose! Now here is the dilemma... Do you want the "Smart Watch" look or do you want a traditional "Watch" look. The 38mm definitely is well proportioned. On the other hand, the 42mm is definitely a smart watch look. For those early adopters of smart watched that have an original pebble watch it looks like this (42mm) One thing though... If you pick the 38mm you might find the screen smaller, and want to lust over the 42mm. Don't let this discourage you! after playing with a 38 MM size watch you get really used to the size of the screen very fast! This is when you have to prioritize what you want more. Looks? (38mm) or do you want function/screen size, and possibly better battery life and don't really care that it screams "Smart Watch"

    And finally if you got C The small 38mm will look tiny, go for the 42mm you'll be happy of the screen size, and possibly the battery life!

    So those of you that are still undecided what do you think? Did this guide help you out? Its pretty simple when you dumb it down.
  2. AJsAWiz macrumors 68040


    Jun 28, 2007
  3. Cabby macrumors regular

    Jun 28, 2010
  4. Givmeabrek macrumors 68040


    Apr 20, 2009
    Lay it the long way across your wrist?? Try the short way. :cool:

    These threads are pretty silly....
  5. TexasChemE macrumors 6502a


    Oct 28, 2011
    Looks like i'm a B, my wrist is 170mm. I ordered a 42mm.
  6. pragmatous macrumors 65816

    May 23, 2012
    Super helpful thanks! I know I made the right choice with the 38mm then.
  7. slicecom macrumors 68020

    Aug 29, 2003
    Toronto, Canada
    This is actually a really good guide. I'm B, and am leaning toward the 38mm for a well proportioned look, because I don't really want the "smart watch" look, but I'll try both on shortly. I ordered both sizes just in case.
  8. leenak macrumors 68020

    Mar 10, 2011
    I'm an A, no sign of my wrist with my cc on top of it. I would say that from the impressions, it also seems like the height will make it look bigger than it is. I know some people will go with 42mm for the screen size but that doesn't mean it won't look huge on them not only due to wrist width but the watch height.
  9. MICHAELSD, Apr 10, 2015
    Last edited: Apr 10, 2015

    MICHAELSD macrumors 68040


    Jul 13, 2008
    Wow, I'm an A and liked the way both looked but already have a 42mm on pre-order.

    Edit: whoops, thought this was a vertical test originally. Actually a C lol. I didn't think people most actually have wrists the length of a credit card.
  10. edlex macrumors 68000


    Apr 14, 2010
    Same here but regardless I would have still have gotten the 42mm for the extra battery life larger screen real estate.
  11. SixtyK macrumors 6502a


    Jun 25, 2013
    There is also an option in the Apple Store app to see each case actual size, giving you some idea how each might look proportional to your wrist.

  12. Encom82 macrumors newbie

    Mar 12, 2015
    This guide is excellent. Im somewhere between A and B and 38 looked better on me in the store.
  13. donster28 macrumors 68000

    Oct 5, 2006
    Great White North
    Thank you for this guide but I have a question:

    Did you mean laying the card horizontally (long way) along the arm as if the card is the watch facing you correctly? Sorry, I'm dumb this way LOL.
  14. atiffarooq macrumors 6502


    May 27, 2006
    That's correct :)
  15. fanta88 macrumors 6502

    Apr 10, 2015
    Great guide!

    I'm an A. Very slim, bony wrists. I knew 38 would be best based on the sizes of some of my other watches (a 40mm diver I own is borderline overwhelming), but I generally prefer something more discreet and smaller. Never understood the big watch fad, but to each his own.
  16. donster28 macrumors 68000

    Oct 5, 2006
    Great White North
    Thank you. I did it correctly with the shorter ends of the card measuring my wrist. :)
  17. FSUSem1noles macrumors 68000


    Feb 23, 2006
    Ft. Lauderdale
    Well I'm a C, but I like a more inconspicuous look so I was thinking of going with the 38".

    I did preorder the 42" so I'll see how that looks and feels but I'm hoping I'll be able to pull off a 38".
  18. kmj2318 macrumors 68000


    Aug 22, 2007
    Naples, FL
    Why makes you believe a credit card is the right barometer?
  19. NauticalDan macrumors regular

    Jul 19, 2010
    Interesting guide. Not sure where you came up with that, but it seems like it is actually a pretty accurate guide, at least for my wrist.
  20. yellolab macrumors member


    Apr 7, 2015
  21. Wildgift macrumors 6502


    Sep 21, 2007
    Really helpful and makes me less apprehensive about the 38mm SS milanese I ordered!
  22. i0Nic macrumors 65816

    May 17, 2006
    Sydney, Australia
    Good guide. Glad I ordered the 38 which looked better in my wrist.
  23. atiffarooq macrumors 6502


    May 27, 2006
    I tried that strap in the Apple store earlier. Absolutely brilliant and I'm definitely going to be ordering one for my 38mm SS (I went with the black sports strap to start off with).

    Good choice :)
  24. jonhoy macrumors member

    Mar 11, 2015
    I'm B (tad under) so I'm wondering... what exactly is a "smart-watch look"?
  25. i0Nic macrumors 65816

    May 17, 2006
    Sydney, Australia
    A watch that is bulky and looks too big for your wrist, looks casual, and people pass it off as ok because it's a 'smartwatch' and they all look like that. Until now with the apple watch and the smaller 38mm.

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