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Which Watch? How to pick the Apple Watch that's right for you

Leah Yamshon | March 12, 2015
Do you like the aluminum look? Do you want your Watch band to match your Watch case? Do you have $10,000? These are just a few things to consider when selecting your first Apple Watch.

Link Bracelet: The Link Bracelet also only comes in one size per case:

  • 38mm: Fits wrists 135mm to 195mm
  • 42mm Fits wrists 140mm to 205mm 

Classic Buckle: Again, the Classic Buckle only has one size for each case: 

  • 38mm: Fits wrists 125mm to 200mm
  • 42mm: Fits wrists 145mm to 215mm

Sport Band: The Sport Band comes in two sizes-- small/medium, and medium/large--and you'll get both sizes if you order this band. 

  • 38mm: Small/medium fits wrists 130mm to 180mm; Medium/large fits wrists 150mm to 200mm
  • 42mm: Small/medium fits wrists 140mm to 185mm; Medium/large fits wrists 160mm to 210mm

All of the bands are interchangeable with each of the Watch models, as long as they're for the right Watch case size. So, if you get the 42mm Watch case, you could pick any band designed for the 42mm version. 

Be a good Sport
Yes, yes, yes: Cases and bands are all about size. But the models themselves are all about materials, style, and price. Which one should you pick?

For fitness buffs--or for those of you who have to have an Apple Watch, but are on a tighter budget--your pick is a no-brainer: Go with the Apple Watch Sport. Priced at $349 for the 38mm version and $399 for the 42mm version, the Sport has an aluminum case, features Apple's Ion-X glass display, and ships with the fluoroelastomer (say that three times fast...) Sport Band. There's actually a lot to like about the Sport Band, too: It's comfortable, durable, and sweatproof, and it's available in black or white if neon colors aren't your thing. 

The Sport is also a good pick if you're still not entirely sure about this whole Apple Watch business. Because it's more affordable, it makes a great starter device--for those of you who have first-generation device jitters. And if you end up loving your Apple Watch Sport, you can upgrade its band later, though the metals won't precisely match. 

The (classic?) Apple Watch
Apple's mid-range offering is simply called the Apple Watch, which is a little confusing, considering that Apple refers to its entire product line as the Apple Watch Collection. (Thanks, Apple!) Name aside, the (classic? basic?) Watch offers a bit of both sides of the coin--it packs extra style that the base Apple Watch Sport lacks without breaking the bank like the Apple Watch Edition. Prices range between $549 and $1,099 depending on case size and band style.

The Watch costs $200 more than the Sport because of its stainless steel case (instead of aluminum), sapphire crystal covering the display, and black accent on the digital crown. Apple boasts that its signature stainless steel is 80 percent harder than normal stainless steel, and it certainly is sleek-looking.


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