This is PRE-ORDER for the GARMIN DESCENT MK1 DIVE WATCH/COMPUTER (SILVER SAPPHIRE W/ BLACK BAND). PLEASE EMAIL ME FOR AVAILABILITY SCHEDULES.
Initial thoughts on this dive computer/watch is that Garmin took all functionality currently being used by various outdoor people in probably any sport for that matter. Boating, Active tracking (calories, pedometer, floors climbed, etc), Fitness, Training, Race, Heart rate monitoring, Running, Golfing, Cycling, Swimming PLUS now, SCUBA DIVING, APNEA. In the current world of digital age, SMART functionality to remind, alert or simply stay in touch or NOT with your digital life. I think, this will change how divecomputers will be manufactured from now on. One of a kind, not gimicky, very functional... but does not come cheap. An outdoor watch for an outdoor person, who also scubadives or freedives.
As a watch, the titanium looks good and wearable as a daily beater. Stainless steel bezel with Reinforced polymper case gives it its light weight at 101g. Titanium version will be 145g. Seems more, but a typical metal brand watch is about 152g. It will be lighter for me. This comes with 50% more cost for the Titanium model.
I will cover only the diving side, as the other functionalities, you can easily search on web. To me, these are the most important things, of course the other standard functionalities of a divecomputer is already part of it.
- Colored screen display is important, as it is easier to read.
- Apart from audible and visual alerts, Vibrating alerts... who has missed an alert before? Never again.
- 10,000 dive logs...thats a lot! Thats roughly 6-7 years of dive logs assuming you do 5 dives a day as a divepro, 6 days a week and 12 months a year.
I do have to see how the digital logbook widget works, but seems very promising. Goodbye logbook to those who are still using one.
- Single gas Air or Nitrox and Multi gas for trimix for those who are into techdiving. The extra tech capability would be excellent for those who need one.
You dont have to pay more for this capability. Gas mixes up to 100% O2, 1 bottom gas, and up to 5 deco and/or back-gases
- Custom: 0, 3 or 5 min safety stop, Deeps stops for those who use it.
- GPS tracking for entry and exit points only. For those not familiar with GPS, it does work underwater. It would be perfect if it did, but for now, it still great to do this.
- Decompression model is Buhlmann ZHL-16C with gradient factors. Pretty much, all the computers that I have used, uses the same deco-model.
- there are 2 modes, APNEA mode and APNEA hunt mode (notifications and alerts are more tuned for the spearfisher, I guess not to scare the fish away)
Initially, the Stainless steel + Silicon bands will be available. The titanium versions will come later.
Lens Material - Sapphire Crystal
Bezel - Stainless or Titanium
Case - Fiber - reinforced polymer
Strap - Silicone or Titanium
Size - 51 x 51 x 17.8mm
Weight - Steel with silicone band - 101g
Titanium with silicon band - 94g
Titanium with titanium band - 145g
Water rating - 100m designed to comply with EN13319
Display size - 30.4mm diameter
Dive mode - 40hours
watch mode - 19hrs
smart watch mode - up to 10days
GPS/HR activity mode - up to 20 hours
UltraTrac mode - up to 30 hours
Memory/History - 16GB
Functional Sensors: GPS, GLONASS, Garmin Elevate wrist heart rate monitor, Barometric Altimeter, Compass, Gyroscope, Accelerometer and Depth Sensors.
Smart Watch Connectivity - Blue Tooth, Smart, ANT+, WIFI
Smart notifications for Social media
Controls Smart Phone Music
Find my Phone
Find my watch
VIRB camera remote
Compatible with iPhone and Android
Compatible with Garmin Connect Mobile
Standard web information follows:
Versatile GPS Dive Computer for Your Diving Adventures
• Premium full-featured dive computer with surface GPS in a sleek watch-style design; with bright 1.2” color display and TOPO mapping
• Built-in sensors include 3-axis compass, gyroscope and barometric altimeter as well as GPS and GLONASS capability that lets you mark your dive entry and exit points¹ for surface navigation
• Supports single-gas, multi-gas, gauge and apnea diving, including nitrox and trimix; plan your dives directly on the device
• Dive log lets you store and review data from up to 10,000 dives — and share online via Garmin Connect™ and its included mobile app
• Features Elevate™ wrist heart rate technology² with multisport activity profiles, performance metrics and smart notifications³
• Battery life: up to 19 days in watch mode, 10 days in smartwatch mode, 40 hours in dive mode and 20 hours in GPS mode4
Breathe Easier, Dive Better
Providing easy-to-access features for a range of diving activities — including the ability to plan dives on the device for recreational, technical and free diving — Descent Mk1 provides all the key, real-time data you need for a confident dive. The computer is automatically activated when you hit the water, showing your current depth, dive time, water temperature, ascent/descent rate, no-deco time, decompression stop information, battery life and more on the unit’s crisp 1.2” color display.
You can set the audible tone and vibration alarms to provide reminders at critical points in your dive. And up to 6 different gas mixes are supported, including nitrox and trimix (up to 100% oxygen). Configurable conservatism settings let you adjust your personal safety limits.
Multiple Navigation Sensors
In addition to its high-sensitivity GPS and GLONASS satellite tracking for map-based surface navigation, Descent Mk1 also provides a full array of ABC (altimeter, barometer and compass) sensor capabilities for topside navigation. And the easy-to-read compass display is available for underwater use as well. The built-in altimeter provides elevation data, while the tilt-compensated 3-axis electronic compass keeps your bearing — whether you’re moving or not. For quick access to the compass display, a handy “tap to compass” feature lets you simply double-tap the screen instead of pushing the function buttons.
Wrist-based Heart Rate
The Descent Mk1 dive computer uses Garmin Elevate wrist-based heart rate technology² to optically scan your pulse (when worn in contact with your skin, not over a wetsuit or dry suit). The dive computer tracks your exertion levels and uploads your heart rate data automatically to your Garmin Connect online account for post-dive review and analysis.
Advanced Multisport Watch Features
Beyond its full range of dive computer functions, Descent Mk1 also offers a complete feature set of sports/training, fitness and outdoor navigation tools, leveraged from our popular fēnix line of high-end multisport watches. You can tap into an array of physiological metrics, running dynamics, fitness tracking features and more — to monitor your workout stats, measure your progress and help avoid injury. Special preloaded activity profiles are provided for swimming, running, biking, hiking, skiing, rowing, paddle boarding and more. Various timekeeping, lap counts and map tracking functions are easily accessible. Plus, for added motivation, you can even download advanced workouts and training plans to your device from Garmin Connect.
When paired with your compatible smartphone³, Descent Mk1 makes it easy to receive text messages, emails and smart notifications right on your watch face. It also gives you access to automatic uploads with Garmin Connect, audio prompts, music controls and more. While you’re topside, friends and family members can follow your location and adventures online, in real time, using the LiveTrack feature. Or you can use GroupTrack and your map display to keep tabs on your activity-sharing buddies as you go.
Premium Materials, Elegant Style
Crafted of premium grade materials, the Descent Mk1 dive computer is available in 2 distinctive styles: a stainless steel bezel with treated silicone watch band or a deluxe titanium bezel version with brushed DLC titanium bracelet. Both models offer advanced GPS and GLONASS satellite reception, via an EXO™ omnidirectional antenna in the bezel, for better reception in challenging environments (versus GPS alone). A bright, high-resolution, full-color Garmin Chroma Display™ with LED backlighting assures great readability in all lighting conditions, above or below the water. And for added scratch resistance, both models incorporate a high-strength domed sapphire lens.
Charge It Up, Change It Up
Between charges, you can count on up to 40 hours of battery life in dive mode, up to 19 days in watch mode, up to 10 days in smartwatch mode and up to 20 hours in GPS mode (all depending on settings). QuickFit™ bands let you tailor your wrist-worn style for any daily activity or special occasion — no tools required. And for diving, longer QuickFit straps are included for use over thick wetsuits or dry suits.
You can customize the watch display with free watch faces, apps and data fields from our Connect IQ™ store. For your safety, Connect IQ functions are not available while diving, so we can ensure that all dive capabilities are functioning as they were designed. Both Descent Mk1 models are also Wi-Fi®-enabled, so each can connect to your wireless network and automatically send activity uploads for sharing on Garmin Connect.