Garmin’s new watch is built for the sea, but landlubbers should take a look too

Garmin has unveiled a new smartwatch specifically designed for life at sea – although it also has plenty to offer if you don’t own a boat. The Garmin Quatix 7 (a successor to 2020’s Quatix 6) is packed with tools to make your life on the water easier, including a new alert if your boat’s anchor is dragging and built-in tide data.

It’s been an extremely busy year for Garmin, with the launches of the Venu 2 Plus, Fenix ​​7, Epix (Gen 2), Instinct 2, Vivosmart 5 and several watches from niche luxury.

The Quatix 7 falls into the latter camp, with a range of specialist boating tools and features. For example, it’s compatible with Garmin’s autopilot systems, letting you see information like water depth, engine rpm and wind on your wrist, and can be connected to Fusion Entertainment systems so that you have complete remote control over your audio setup.

When you’re on dry land, there are 30 sports tracking modes to monitor your workouts, plus sleep tracking and Garmin’s Body Battery score to help you monitor your energy levels and plan your day accordingly .

Built-in GPS tracks your route and pace during outdoor activities and Garmin Pay lets you make contactless purchases, but it’s worth noting that Quatix 7 lacks the built-in microphone of the Garmin Venu 2 Plus, so you so you won’t be able to take and receive calls from your wrist, or use the watch to access your phone’s voice assistant.

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It’s a nice looking watch too and features a new touchscreen in addition to the standard five-button interface of previous Quatix watches. While buttons are preferable for using the watch with wet hands, the touchscreen will make it easier to navigate maps and navigate menus when you’re hot and dry.

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There are three Quatix watches in the lineup, including the standard model, the Quatix Sapphire (with a sapphire crystal lens rather than the typical Gorilla Glass), and the Quatix 7X Solar, which features a larger case and Garmin solar glass to extend battery life. with regular exposure to the sun (which should happen quite easily if you are at sea).

The Sapphire model also features a new always-on AMOLED display, much like that of the Garmin Epix (Gen 2). This is sharper and brighter, with better color reproduction than the standard pixel memory display, and only makes a small dent in the watch’s battery life. The standard Quatix 7 can last up to 18 days in smartwatch mode, while the Sapphire edition can last up to 16 days.

The Quatix 7X Solar, on the other hand, can run for up to 37 days in smartwatch mode or 90 days in battery saver mode. This is partly due to the watch’s photovoltaic cells and partly due to the larger battery hidden inside its extra large case.

The Quatix 7 range is now available direct from Garmin, with prices ranging from $699.99 (around £560 / AU$980) to $1,199.99 (around £960 / AU$1,700).

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