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The Garmin quatix 6 connects to onboard electronics and records a myriad of activity data.


If you’ve dreamt of a watch that will make you feel like James Bond or Dick Tracy, the latest GPS smartwatch from Garmin, the quatix 6, is right up your alley. When synched up to your Garmin electronics suite, you can save a waypoint, adjust the autopilot, crank up the tunes, stream engine data, monitor the depth, look at cartography, set an anchor alarm and much, much more.

It’s hard to call this wearable device a watch because keeping time is the most mundane feature it offers. With the quatix 6 you can hold seven days worth of tide tables on your wrist. It also integrates with Navionics data so you can use it as a dedicated (or backup) navigation tool, which is especially handy on small craft like kayaks. And when it’s synched to your Garmin MFD, you can change the autopilot heading right from the watch face. You can also monitor your speed and fuel or look at bottom contours.

Changing out the music is super easy when you can play DJ right from your wearable. The quatix 6 works with Fusion Link to control onboard audio, and it also stores some 2,000 songs right on the device. You can also download and control Spotify.


Fishing features include a catch log and timer for tournaments while SailAssist will help sailors win the next race with its virtual starting line and tack assist.

While designed specifically for on-water use and waterproof to over 300 feet, the quatix 6 keeps you connected like other smartwatches with alerts for incoming calls, texts and emails. It’s also pre-loaded with activity profiles for everything from golf to hiking and acts as a daily activity tracker with an array of health-monitoring features. It will monitor heart rate, blood oxygen levels, sleeping patterns and your body’s overall energy, according to Garmin.

Available with a stainless or titanium band, the quatix 6 demands attention with its big, always-on 1.3-inch color display with LED backlight. The battery will last 14 days in smartwatch mode, 24 hours in GPS mode and up to 60 hours in battery saver mode. It is available in two versions: the quatix 6 ($699) and the quatix 6 Titanium ($999), which features a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal lens, titanium bezel, buttons and a titanium watch band as well as a cirrus blue silicone QuickFit band.