This handy wrist accessory by Garmin, was literally built to get out on the water. In fact, it’s rated at 10 ATM – or 100 meters water-resistance. It can function for up to 2 weeks without the need to recharge it.
But that’s not all that makes this baby seaworthy – it also comes preloaded with tech, like compatibility with the brand’s chartplotters for autopilot, waypoint marking, and sail racing assistance; Wi-Fi connectivity; GPS navigation; and more. It can even function as a fitness tracker and heart rate monitor or control your onboard entertainment system.
The watch executes useful functions such as waypoint marking on the multifunction display, and streaming of fluid NMEA 2000 data including speed, depth, and wind. When matched to a Garmin GHC 20 autopilot, the Quatix 5 allows the user to change heading, engage heading hold, and steer to an active GPS route.
The smartwatch also allows simple remote control of compatible Fusion stereo systems (Garmin acquired Fusion). Independent of marine functionality, the Quatix 5 is a smartwatchequipped with a GPS and GLONASS antenna that can track health data and daily activity. Pair it with a compatible smartphone and you’ll have access to calls, texts, and email, all in a rugged case with stainless steel components that’s submersible to 328 feet, and matched to a silicone (included), leather, or stainless QuickFit band.
For watersports enthusiasts, the Quatix 5 offers tide information (acquired through a paired smartphone), an anchor alarm, and fishing features, including a catch log. Also available in an upgraded version, the Quatix 5 Sapphire ($850) is Wi-Fi-enabled, has a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal lens, and comes with two bands.