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Garmin launches a fitness watch for watersports

The Garmin Quatix 3 takes a Fenix 3 and makes it ready for the sea.

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Garmin has built a version of its Fenix 3 multi-sport fitness watch that's capable of being used for marine activity. The Quatix 3 takes everything you know and love about the aforementioned device and throws in a bundle of marine-friendly features. For instance, the device can stream data from compatible marine sensors directly to the watch face -- letting you keep an eye on things even when you can't be on the bridge. Users will also be able to remotely control their Virb action camera and Fusion marine stereo system from the wrist.

The Quatix 3 is capable of connecting to the Garmin Connect mobile app, and will push data to and from your smartphone as you see fit. If you do so, however, you'll find that the watch will store accurate tide data for the area you're located in, and will remain accessible for up to seven days at a time. The device also retains the same GPS and GLONASS support as its predecessor, and will last for 20 hours with that module activated. If you'd prefer to use it as a watch and eke out the battery life, the company promises it'll last for six weeks on a single charge.

Of course, the rigors of the sea are harder on a gadget than those you'd experience during your average Tough Mudder course. That's why the firm has beefed up the gear to withstand 100 meters of water, slapped a scratch-resistant sapphire lens on the dial and wrapped it up in a glass-fiber reinforced case. If that sounds like the sort of thing that'll appeal to you, the Garmin Quatix 3 will be available in Q1 2016, or "before April," priced at $599.99.

In this article: Fenix, Garmin, gear, Quatix, Quatix3, wearables
After training to be an Intellectual Property lawyer, Dan abandoned a promising career in financial services to sit at home and play with gadgets. He lives in Norwich with his wife, his books and far too many opinions on British TV comedy. One day, if he's very, very lucky, he'll live out his dream to become the Executive Producer of Doctor Who before retiring to Radio 4.
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