Garmin just launched the newest model in its quatix marine smartwatch series, and it’s designed specifically for cruising, fishing and watersports activities. You can use it control your autopilot, and you can load it with coastal charts so it serves as a navigation tool on your wrist.
The new Garmin quatix 6 represents the next generation of smartwatches, according to Garmin. It connects to Garmin chartplotters and other marine electronics to control the autopilot, as well as onboard Fusion-Link entertainment offerings. It also displays boat speed, depth, temperature and wind. And it has preloaded activity for other sports, including paddle boarding, rowing, kayaking, hiking and golf.
Underway, you can use the quatix 6 to change course with the autopilot, or follow a GPS route. And you can mark and save a waypoint from anywhere on the boat.
The new watch has an always-on 1.3” color display. The battery life is up to two weeks in smartwatch mode, and 24 hours in GPS mode.
“The quatix series has made a name for itself as the most sophisticated and connected general-purpose smartwatch series on the market today,” said Dan Bartel, Garmin VP for global consumer sales. “Whether you’re chasing bass or billfish, cruising or sailing, canoeing or kayaking, the quatix 6 has everything you’ll need on the water. With the addition of some of our most sought-after features, like built-in music, contactless payments and preloaded topographic and ski maps, we’ve redefined marine smartwatch standards once again.”
The quatix 6 comes in two versions. The basic smartwatch has stainless steel hardware and a silicone band and costs about $700. The quatix 6 Titanium has a sapphire crystal lens and titanium hardware and watchband and costs about $1,000. Read more: