Garmin just introduced three models of the new quatix 7 GPS smartwatch that lets you navigate, check your boat’s engines and set an anchor alert, among many other things.
The three models are the quatix 7, quatix 7 Sapphire, and quatix 7X Solar. The standard quatix 7 models are cased in a stainless-steel bezel with a Gorilla Glass lens. The quatix 7 Sapphire models are cased in a diamond-like, carbon-coated titanium with a Sapphire lens. The Solar models are also coated with the carbon titanium, but they have a Power Sapphire lens for solar recharging.
All the watches provide wearable tech support while you’re anywhere on your boat. You can control the boat’s MFD and autopilot and stream information including water depth, wind, weather, engine RPM and customized data. They have a vibrant touchscreen or five button design; the Solar model has a built-in LED flashlight.
Battery life is up to 18 days for the standard model and 16 days for the Sapphire. Solar models can go up to 37 days in smartwatch mode.
The watches are preloaded with SkyView maps and have features that let you pay fuel bills (and everything else) with Garmin Pay, and enjoy music playlists from streaming services, including Spotify and Amazon Music. They have GPS functions and sports apps for running, walking, cycling and hiking, and health features to monitor your heart rate, pulse and sleep patterns.
“The quatix 7 Series offers a level of versatility and utility that any mariner can appreciate,” says Dan Bartel, Garmin’s VP of global consumer sales, “serving as everything from the dedicated first mate for an offshore cruise to a sleek and styling timepiece that can be worn to dinner with friends.”
The watches retail from $699.99 to $1,199.99. Read more: