Wearing on the inside of your wrist?

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by Piggie, Oct 17, 2014.

  1. Piggie macrumors G3


    Feb 23, 2010
    I wonder if the Apple watch will be able to function as intended if you wear it this way, either because that's your preference, you wish to protect it from a thing you do. A activity perhaps, you think you look a bit geeky wearing one, or you just like to be different.






    Anyone wear a watch this way?
    And or is planning on wearing their Apple watch in this way?
  2. MarcoCapa macrumors regular

    Jun 16, 2013
    I think yes...
    if you have ever used a pulseoximeter ( i suppose that this watch will work the same) you don't have a real orientation:p
  3. Piggie thread starter macrumors G3


    Feb 23, 2010
    I crossed my mind, that if you do want to feel a pulse, you always use the inside of the wrist where the veins are closer to the surface, not the back of the wrist.

    Also given the size, and, for many who don't wear them the cost/risk of banging the watch face against something, any watch will always be more protected wearing that other way round.

    I've never worn a watch that way, but I think every watch I have worn, had over time got the odd knock.
    Just wondering, given the type of device, touch screen, wanting to look after it, it could be a way some may try to wear them
  4. kdarling macrumors demi-god


    Jun 9, 2007
    First university coding class = 47 years ago
    Yes, a lot of time a pulse reader works better that way.


    As for other reasons...

    Wearing it on the inside is handy when firing a rifle. It keeps the time visible while your left hand is holding the barrel forearm.

    Also, sometimes when I'm going to a long dull meeting, I'll rotate my watch to the inside. That way, I can fold my fingers together with my wrists out, and look interested, yet still be able to secretly see the time :)
  5. Sonmi451 Suspended

    Aug 28, 2014
    Yes when I do my assassination attempts I always wear my watch on the inside because I have to keep exact kill times in my log.
  6. kdarling macrumors demi-god


    Jun 9, 2007
    First university coding class = 47 years ago
    If I don't get home in time for dinner, my wife will add me to her kill log :)
  7. JayLenochiniMac macrumors G5

    Nov 7, 2007
    New Sanfrakota
    I've completely forgotten about that style of wearing a watch. Supposed to be easier on the arm and I suppose if you don't care about it as a fashion statement.

    I wonder though if it'll be more difficult to wake up the screen since they will have programmed it to rotate the other way.
  8. Piggie thread starter macrumors G3


    Feb 23, 2010
    I will admit, the manner of wearing your watch on the inside, to protect it, and for certain other reasons, as well as just personal preference, seems more common here than I thought.

    I did think I would ask, and be shot down with remarks about anyone is stupid if they wear a watch that way.
    But I'm pleasantly surprised with the positive response here that some people actually wish to have their watch this way.

    And perhaps, it will be more private and less On Display for a smartwatch.

    Pleased to see, it's being taken in a positive way :)
  9. Supermallet macrumors 65816


    Sep 19, 2014
    Any fan of Doctor Who will immediately respond to watches worn on the inside of the wrist, as that's how the Eleventh Doctor wore his:


    I think it may become a popular way to wear the Apple Watch, so that incoming notifications are harder for other people to see if worn on the inside of the wrist facing the body versus on the outside of the wrist facing the outside world.
  10. Piggie thread starter macrumors G3


    Feb 23, 2010
    Well, I did notice Dr Who wore it that way, but thought I may be a bit geeky if I mentioned that :)

    Actually, thinking about it, and if I try it myself whilst sitting here.
    And you can try this also :)

    If you imagine a watch with a lit up screen on it, and probably a bit reflective and of course subject to bright light outside.
    If you have the watch in the traditional position on the outside of your wrist, then you turn your arm clockwise to bring the front into view, you can only get the face so far round, due to the way you arm rotates.

    Probably no more that facing your face orientation.

    If you placed the watch on the underside of your wrist, then rotate your arm anticlockwise to bring the face of the watch up up,then you can keep the face lower down, and more lightly to be shielded from glare/reflection by your body.

    Also. And this me be another reason if you consider it.

    Say you are wearing a long sleeve shirt and/or jacket.

    Due to gravity! the top of the cuff is touching the top of your arm and hanging with any gap at the bottom.
    If the watch is on the back of your wrist, conventional position, then the sleeve will hit up against the side of the watch.

    The thicker the watch the more this will happen.

    If you wear the watch the other way, there is much more chance your sleeve on your shirt/jacket etc will slip down over your watch and look nicer and neater.
  11. zero hectic macrumors member

    Oct 8, 2008
    Any further word?

    I'm still curious if the Apple Watch can be worn on the inside of the wrist and continue to have the sensors function properly. Has anyone else run into any further info?
  12. Night Spring macrumors G5

    Night Spring

    Jul 17, 2008
    I used to wear my watches on the inside of my wrist. Don't know why -- nobody told me to do it the other way, and by the time I figured out that it was more common to wear it on the outside, I'd gotten used to wearing it on the inside, so I just kept doing it that way.

    It does not, however, protect the watch. The inside of your wrist bang into stuff just as often, if not more often, as the outside. Just different things. On the outside, I imagine you are more likely to hit doors, walls, maybe brush up against other people as you walk. On the inside, you hit countertops, tabletops, corner of your keyboard as you type, etc.
  13. msavwah macrumors 6502

    Apr 5, 2010
  14. sahilpatel12 macrumors 6502a


    Oct 12, 2011

    if you do that way you use heartrate monitoring. read in apple manueal or somewhere but they say to read heartrate it needs to be upright on wrist


    it doesnt work. hang me try to find that link on apple again. i read it this morning
  15. shamus99 macrumors regular

    Dec 20, 2014
    I wear my fitbit like that and it reads heartrate.
  16. bunnicula macrumors 68040


    Jul 23, 2008
    It works just fine.

    Source: My Apple Watch and my wrist.

    I don't like wearing it that way, though. I have worn other watches that way in the past, but it feels like the Apple Watch is more vulnerable in that position.

    Also, it's a bit uncomfortable to hold for long in that position while checking notifications and responding to them.
  17. Steve686 macrumors 68040


    Nov 13, 2007
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  18. zmunkz macrumors 6502a


    Nov 4, 2007
    The user manual online says the watch should be worn on the outside of the wrist for the sensors to function… Although people seem to say it's working fine in either case.

    LOL. I would never have considered that this might occupy enough of someone's normal day that it would be a factor… Unless you actually are an assassin. Added bonus in that case, the watch could probably be a business writeoff.

    Unfortunately the screen isn't always on, so you will have to find some clandestine way to keep tapping the screen
  19. shamus99 macrumors regular

    Dec 20, 2014

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