Garmin Quatix 3 smartwatch targets sailors and fishermen, but pulls its weight on land too

If you needed fresh proof the wearable market has flourished and matured surprisingly quickly, the nichey Garmin Quatix 3 essentially caters to an audience of a few thousand people. Literally, as beyond general fitness functions, the Android and iOS-compatible timepiece aims to stand out with a robust set of smart maritime features.

Both amateur and professional sailors should find great comfort on their wrist, with a full “navigational and marine toolset” pre-loaded, including easy access to speed, depth, temperature, wind data and “more”, no matter where you’re located on your boat.

In addition to all that, you get up-to-date tide information downloaded directly on your phone, a neat anchor alarm, 3-axis electronic compass, barometer, auto-calibrating altimeter, and seamless controls for the Garmin VIRB action camera and Fusion stereo system.

For fishing, the Garmin Quatix 3 offers a competition timer and catch log, while apps like tack assist, a race countdown timer or distance tracker to start line should help improve your sailing skills.

But the rugged smartwatch can always make a smooth transition from water to land, monitoring your sleep, steps and progress in athletic activities as diverse as golfing, hiking, skiing, and running. The sunlight-readable color display is without a doubt one of the technical highlights here, alongside water protection up to 100 meters deep, a glass-fiber reinforced housing, high-sensitivity GPS, and battery capable of lasting 20 hours in GPS mode, 50 hours in UltraTrac, and six weeks in “dumb” watch mode between charges.

Oddly unveiled after CES, the Quantix 3 is expected out by the end of Q1, i.e. March, at a suggested retail price of $600. Told you this had a very limited target audience.

Source: Business Wire

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