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Garmin Announces Its Next Generation Ecosystem for Divers, Featuring Descent Mk2 Series and Descent T1 Transmitter

·6 min read

The new watch-style dive computers and air transmitter add to Garmin’s growing lineup of innovative products helping divers above and below the water.

Garmin® International, Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN), today announced the Descent® Mk2, Descent Mk2i dive computers and Descent T1 transmitter, its next-generation suite of dive products packed with features for both underwater and on the surface. The Descent Mk2i watch-style dive computer pairs with the Descent T1 transmitter via Garmin SubWave™ to deliver tank pressure data to the diver1. SubWave is a revolutionary new sonar-based communication system that provides increased range and reliability over traditional air integration systems. In addition to a larger display, leakproof inductive button technology, customizable in-dive data fields and more, the Descent Mk2 and Descent Mk2i feature Garmin’s most sought-after everyday smartwatch features making it one of the most sophisticated and connected watch-style dive computers on the market today.

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Descent Mk2 Series + Descent T1 (Photo: Business Wire)

"With premium features for both underwater and topside adventures, along with advanced air integration, the Descent Mk2i and Descent T1 transmitter are essential equipment," said Dan Bartel, Garmin vice president of global consumer sales. "Leveraging our expertise in marine sonar equipment, we were able to develop our own SubWave sonar technology that sets the standard for extended range and reliability for the diving community."

The Descent Mk2i dive computer can simultaneously monitor tank pressure from up to five paired Descent T1 transmitters (each sold separately) via the SubWave sonar data network, so that divers can view tank pressure, air time remaining, gas consumption rate and monitor other divers or additional tanks within a 10 meter range making the Descent Mk2i and Descent T1 an ideal solution for instructors.

The Descent Mk2 Series support multiple dive modes for single and multiple gas dives (including nitrox, trimix and 100% O2), gauge, apnea, apnea hunt and closed circuit rebreather. The watches feature an underwater 3-axis compass and displays depth, dive time, temperature, NDL/TTS, ascent/descent rates, gas mix, PO2, N2 loading, decompression/safety stop information, time-of-day, and more. This data is all viewed on a crisp 1.4-inch sunlight readable color display, which is 36 percent larger than the Descent Mk1.

On land, the Descent Mk2 and Mk2i double as a premium multisport GPS smartwatch with multi-GNSS support and wrist-based heart rate monitoring2 plus multiple sports profiles including golf, with full-color mapping for over 41,000 courses worldwide. Other smartwatch features include notifications for calls, texts and calendar alerts and more3 right on the wrist, Garmin Pay™ for contactless payments4, music storage with compatible service support5 and a Pulse Oximeter6 for blood oxygen monitoring.

Dives are automatically logged in the new free Garmin Dive™ app7, which provides a detailed analysis for each dive activity, including max depth, bottom time and a map of surface entry and exit points8. Use the explore feature in the app to search through more than 2,700 dive sites from around the world. The watches are also preloaded with hundreds of dive sites so you can view wreck and reef locations and tide data to find the best spots to explore.

When paired with a compatible Garmin inReach® satellite communicator9 at the surface, users can send and receive messages quickly from the Descent Mk2 or Mk2i watch and when necessary, trigger an interactive SOS8. Keep the device protected by using the new inReach Mini Dive Case (sold separately) and have peace-of-mind whenever you surface.

The Descent Mk2 and Descent Mk2i boast a battery life of up to 16 days in smartwatch mode and up to 80 hours in dive mode. The Descent Mk2i has a battery life of up to 32 hours when paired with a Descent T1. The T1 transmitter is depth rated to 11 ATM10 and has a battery life of up to 110 hours of diving with a user-replaceable CR123 battery. The two dive computer models are available now and range in suggested retail price from $1,299.99 to $1,499.99. The Descent T1 is coming late Q4 2020 with a suggested retail price of $399.99. To learn more, visit garmin.com/dive.

Engineered on the inside for life on the outside, Garmin products have revolutionized life for adventurers, athletes, and outdoor enthusiasts everywhere. Committed to developing products that enhance experiences and enrich lives, Garmin believes every day is an opportunity to innovate and a chance to beat yesterday. For more information, visit Garmin's virtual pressroom at garmin.com/newsroom, contact the Media Relations department at 913-397-8200, or follow us at facebook.com/garmin, twitter.com/garminnews, instagram.com/garminoutdoor or youtube.com/garmin.

1 Requires Descent Mk2i dive computer paired with Descent T1 transmitter (each sold separately)
2See Garmin.com/ataccuracy
3When paired with your compatible smartphone; see Garmin.com/ble
4View current supported country, payment network and issuing bank information at Garmin.com/GarminPay/banks
5May require premium subscription with a third-party music provider
6This is not a medical device and is not intended for use in the diagnosis or monitoring of any medical condition; see Garmin.com/ataccuracy. Pulse Ox not available in all countries.
7Requires app on your compatible smartphone paired to the Descent Mk2 or Descent Mk2i
8GPS tracking and satellite communication does not work underwater
9Active satellite subscription required. Some jurisdictions regulate or prohibit the use of satellite communication devices. It is your responsibility to know and follow all applicable laws in the jurisdictions where the satellite communication device is intended to be used.
10See Garmin.com/waterrating

About Garmin International, Inc.

Garmin International, Inc. is a subsidiary of Garmin Ltd. (Nasdaq: GRMN). Garmin Ltd. is incorporated in Switzerland, and its principal subsidiaries are located in the United States, Taiwan and the United Kingdom. Garmin, Descent and inReach are registered trademarks, and SubWave, Garmin Pay and Garmin Dive are trademarks of Garmin Ltd. or its subsidiaries.

Notice on Forward-Looking Statements:

This release includes forward-looking statements regarding Garmin Ltd. and its business. Such statements are based on management’s current expectations. The forward-looking events and circumstances discussed in this release may not occur and actual results could differ materially as a result of known and unknown risk factors and uncertainties affecting Garmin, including, but not limited to, the risk factors listed in the Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 28, 2019, filed by Garmin with the Securities and Exchange Commission (Commission file number 0-31983). A copy of such Form 10-K is available at https://www.garmin.com/en-US/company/investors/earnings/. No forward-looking statement can be guaranteed. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date on which they are made and Garmin undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.

Category: Outdoor

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Contacts

Natalie Miller
913-397-8200
media.relations@garmin.com