Garmin Quatix marine GPS smartwatch : Garmin has released the Quatix 5, its next-generation premium marine GPS smartwatch designed for life on the water. The Garmin Quatix Series 5 provides comprehensive boat connectivity with compatible Garmin chart plotters and other marine electronics to offer autopilot control, remote multifunction display waypoint marking, data streaming - including speed, depth, temperature and wind - sail racing assistance, and much more. In addition to preloaded marine-specific feature sets, the new marine smartwatch from Garmin also includes a host of built-in activity profiles for land and water sports like running, hiking, biking, swimming, rowing, and paddle boarding to name a few. The premium marine smartwatch will be available in June 2017 and comes in two versions: the Quatix 5 and the Quatix 5 Sapphire.
Garmin marine smartwatch
With an extended battery life, daily activity tracking, smart notifications, and Garmin Elevate wrist heart rate technology, the marine smartwatch can be worn 24/7 and easily transitions from water to land. The new marine watch boasts up to 24 hours of battery life in GPS mode, 60 hours in UltraTrac mode and two weeks in smartwatch mode.
Built to withstand the harsh marine environment, the Garmin Quatix 5 measures at 47mm and features a rugged yet sleek design with a stainless steel bezel, buttons and rear case that’s more compact than previous models.
When paired with onboard Garmin electronics, the smartwatch can stream NMEA 2000 boat data to give users access to important sensor information like speed, depth, temperature, wind data and more - right from their wrist, no matter where they’re at on the boat.
When the quatix 5 is paired with a GHC 20 autopilot control unit, it can be used to control the autopilot to change heading, engage heading hold, steer to an active GPS route, and initiate patterns so that users can maintain control of the vessel, even if they’re not the one at the helm.
Premium smartwatch features
Specifically designed for the water, the Quatix 5 marine watch gives mariners up-to-date tide data downloaded for the area they’re in through a smartphone, and will have access to that data for seven days. The Garmin smartwatch is also equipped with an anchor alarm to warn users of drift and an anchor rode calculator that tells the user the proper length of anchor line to put out.
For fishing, a competition timer and fish catch log are available to help users keep track of the fish they’ve caught and the time remaining before getting back to weigh-in. And for sail racing, the GPS watch features tack assist, race countdown timer, distance to start line, and time to burn.
Water rated to 100 meters, the marine smartwatch is built to withstand the elements and features a sunlight-readable color display with an LED backlight so data is easily visible in any light. With an omnidirectional stainless steel EXO antenna and high-sensitivity GPS with GLONASS support, it has the ability to track in more challenging environments than GPS alone.
In addition to the marine and multisport features, the Quatix 5 can be worn for daily activity tracking so users can wear their smartwatch as a daily timepiece. It boasts a variety of connected features and when paired with a compatible smartphone, users can get call, text and email smart notifications right on their wrist.
The GPS smartwatch is compatible with Connect IQ, an open platform for third-party developers to create content for compatible Garmin wearables, so users can customize their watch with apps, widgets, data fields and watch faces.
Garmin smartwatch prices
The Garmin Quatix 5 Sapphire Edition, with a suggested retail price of $849.99, has a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal lens and includes a stainless steel band as well as a blue silicone QuickFit band. The other model comes with a blue silicone QuickFit band and carries a suggested retail price of $599.99.