Best Apple Watch Size for Skinny Wrists? 40mm vs 44mm

Choosing The Right Apple Watch Size With Skinny Wrists

I recently picked up the new Apple Watch Series 5 as my very first smartwatch.

Apple Watch Series 5 (GPS + Cellular, 44mm) - Space Gray Aluminum Case with Black Sport Band

So far, I have been very happy with my purchase and after using it for a few weeks, I can’t seem to get through my day without it. The option to take calls, answer texts and everything else you can do truly makes me more handsfree than I already am.

Although I was excited to get my watch, choosing the size was a bit of a problem for me because I am sadly blessed with rather skinny wrists, making many watches look too big on my arm.

This article will go into what I based my decision on as well as some advice for others looking to buy the watch.

What Apple Watch Size Should I Get If I Have Skinny Wrists?

There are two sizes to choose from for the Apple Watch – Series 5. There are the 40mm and the 44mm. The 40mm is generally advised if you have a wrist size between 130-200mm (5.1-7.9 inches). The 44mm is generally advised if you have a wrist size of 140-220mm (5.5-8.7 inches).

These are recommendations from Apple but you are of course free to pick whatever size you are most comfortable with.

Things To Consider When Choosing Apple Watch Size

Why Should I Buy the 44mm Size?

When comparing the two watch sizes, you may not see much of a difference. However, after testing both sizes in the store, I realized that the actual size of the display and the usability felt quite different because of the display size difference.

The Apple Watch 5 Series comes with a screen that extends to the very edge of the corners, meaning that it’s not only the size of the actual watch but it does show in display size as well.

For me, I like to use my watch to see my notifications, switch soundtracks, take calls and read texts, etc. After doing this for a few weeks, I do personally feel that going down in size would bother me since it’s already a fairly small display, compared to when doing the same things on my iPhone.

This is what ultimately made me choose the 44mm size, and so far, I am very happy with my choice.

I’m Afraid the 44mm Is Gonna Look Too Big on My Small Wrist

I had this mindset at first, however after using it for some time now, I don’t think it looks too big.

One thing I have noticed is that, if you have your watch high up on your arm, it may look a bit big but moving it closer to the start of your hand greatly removes that impression.

AppleWatchOnArm

My wrist measures about 165mm (6.5 inches)

Some may feel more comfortable in the 40mm size and that is totally fine. Although I talked earlier about display and usability, both sizes are completely fine to use and it’s more of a personal preference for me to have a larger display.

Conclusion

It can be tough choosing the correct size but it is definitely something you should be sure to take into consideration since it’s a rather pricy investment for a watch. I am happy about my choice and I do advise you to measure your wrists and compare with the General Sizing Guide from Apple before purchasing.

The thing that decided it for me was the display size and if that’s something that is important to you, I highly recommend the larger size.

If you have any questions regarding the Apple Watch or need more help choosing your size, leave me a comment below and I’ll be glad to try help you out.

Keep an eye out for my Product Reviews where I shortly will also post a general review on the Apple Watch Series 5!

4 thoughts on “Best Apple Watch Size for Skinny Wrists? 40mm vs 44mm”

  1. my wrist size is about 155mm (6.2 inches) which size do you think will fits me? I actually like the 44mm, but all of the watches that I had(not a smartwatch) was all 40mm and it’s actually fits me well.

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    • I would say that the 44mm might feel quite large at first if you’re used to 40mm but it shouldn’t be a problem. For the general sizing guide, you’re still within the advised range for both watches. Personally, I’m glad that I purchased the 44mm for my 165mm wrist and I think it would work perfectly fine for you aswell.

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