The Apple Watch Sport Band Isn’t Big Enough for Everyone, and This Makes the Watch Easy to Lose

I noticed even before the Apple Watch shipped that its watch bands weren’t very long. Designed for wrists up to 215mm at the largest, this excludes a lot of people with thick wrists. As for me, using the sport band, I generally wear it with the pin in the last hole. When I use the Workout app, to ensure that my heart rate gets recorded, I use the second-to-last hole.

I don’t have fat wrists, but my wrists are big-boned. As such, I’d always wondered if wearing the watch with the pin in the last hole was a risk. Well, my Macworld editor Roman Loyola found out the hard way. He lost his Apple Watch on the way to work the other day, because the sport band just doesn’t hold well enough when you have the pin in the last hole.

The problem with this closure is that its security relies on the band being tucked. I use the last hole on the Sports Band, which leaves about a half-inch of band to be tucked–a half-inch isn’t enough. I’ve have many times where throughout the day, the band becomes untucked, which makes the Watch unsecure on my wrist.

Apple has released a larger band for the sport watch, but only in black; it goes up to 245mm. They also released a $49 (!!!) Link Bracelet Kit for those who want to wear the link bracelet band. But those are the only two bands that you can wear if you have very large wrists; and you have to pay an extra $49 to buy the larger sport band; you can’t choose to get it with a watch. (You can see the sizes of the different bands here, but this chart does not include the new XL sport band.)

I think I’ll make sure to wear my Apple Watch with the pin in the second hole when I’m away from my house in the future. I work at home, so most of the day I’m in or around my house, and if I were to lose the watch I’d use Roman’s trick to find it:

I walked through my house again, but this time, I took out my iPhone, opened the Watch app, and continuously adjusted the Alert Volume to create an audible “alert ping” from the Watch. And after a few steps in my garage, I heard it and saw it laying next the compost bin.

I’m glad he found the watch. I hope others who lose it are as lucky.

2 thoughts on “The Apple Watch Sport Band Isn’t Big Enough for Everyone, and This Makes the Watch Easy to Lose

  1. So, do what I do: Stop buying Apple watchbands. The third-party bands that fit you AND the Apple Watch are everywhere.

    I HAD to buy the Apple Milanese Loop with my very early 42mm stainless steel Apple Watch, because everything else was just too damned small for my wrist. I immediately disliked it, because it would loosen every time I flexed my wrist (the magnet isn’t strong enough). This would cause the Watch to demand my password four or five times a day. That got old.

    I now own fifteen NON-Apple watchbands (including sting ray, alligator and antique baseball-glove leather, with actual baseball-style stitching), and I’m quite happy not to pay Apple’s obscene prices. I buy the widely-available adapters on eBay or Amazon, and attach them to the 24mm straps, bracelets and bands, found everywhere on the Internet:

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/281688911285

    My favorite? Save $450 by not getting Apple’s stainless-steel bracelet (and don’t buy the newly-announced extenders that Apple recently offered). Sure, you can adjust the length of Apple’s bracelet without using tools. HOW MANY TIMES WILL YOU DO THIS? Instead, buy one of these glorious bracelets, made from 316L stainless steel. As soon as I bought mine and attached it, I was smitten:

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/24mm-SOLID-Heavy-Polished-Stainless-Steel-Bracelet-Fits-Breitling-Super-Avenger-/311418551433?hash=item4881fdfc89

    If you are installing a stainless-steel (silvery) bracelet, use one of the newer, classier-looking adapters, not the copies of Apple’s adapters for the Classic Buckle strap. It just makes steel bands look more like a factory bracelet:

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/271877878312

    Here’s a tip: If you get a black, PVD-coated stainless steel bracelet, make SURE that you get a black adapter to match at the link above. It looks GREAT with the black screen on the silvery, stainless Watch.

    I watched a video on Youtube that told me how to shorten the band myself by popping out pins, and soon had an EXACT match for the size of my wrist.

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/New-24mm-Black-Two-Tone-Heavy-Solid-Stainless-Steel-Bracelet-Fits-Haurex-Watch-/371401812548?

  2. So, do what I do: Stop buying Apple watchbands. The third-party bands that fit you AND the Apple Watch are everywhere.

    I HAD to buy the Apple Milanese Loop with my very early 42mm stainless steel Apple Watch, because everything else was just too damned small for my wrist. I immediately disliked it, because it would loosen every time I flexed my wrist (the magnet isn’t strong enough). This would cause the Watch to demand my password four or five times a day. That got old.

    I now own fifteen NON-Apple watchbands (including sting ray, alligator and antique baseball-glove leather, with actual baseball-style stitching), and I’m quite happy not to pay Apple’s obscene prices. I buy the widely-available adapters on eBay or Amazon, and attach them to the 24mm straps, bracelets and bands, found everywhere on the Internet:

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/281688911285

    My favorite? Save $450 by not getting Apple’s stainless-steel bracelet (and don’t buy the newly-announced extenders that Apple recently offered). Sure, you can adjust the length of Apple’s bracelet without using tools. HOW MANY TIMES WILL YOU DO THIS? Instead, buy one of these glorious bracelets, made from 316L stainless steel. As soon as I bought mine and attached it, I was smitten:

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/24mm-SOLID-Heavy-Polished-Stainless-Steel-Bracelet-Fits-Breitling-Super-Avenger-/311418551433?hash=item4881fdfc89

    If you are installing a stainless-steel (silvery) bracelet, use one of the newer, classier-looking adapters, not the copies of Apple’s adapters for the Classic Buckle strap. It just makes steel bands look more like a factory bracelet:

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/271877878312

    Here’s a tip: If you get a black, PVD-coated stainless steel bracelet, make SURE that you get a black adapter to match at the link above. It looks GREAT with the black screen on the silvery, stainless Watch.

    I watched a video on Youtube that told me how to shorten the band myself by popping out pins, and soon had an EXACT match for the size of my wrist.

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/New-24mm-Black-Two-Tone-Heavy-Solid-Stainless-Steel-Bracelet-Fits-Haurex-Watch-/371401812548?

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