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Nixon's Android Wear smartwatch is water resistant up to 100 meters

Another timepiece company enters the smartwatch fray, this time with surfing and snowboarding features.
Billy Steele
March 16, 2016
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A number of smartwatches tout activity tracking and sporty looks, but Nixon is looking to offer more for folks who like to take the action outdoors. The watchmaker is jumping on the wearable tech bandwagon with the $400 Mission: an Android Wear device that touts a 10-ATM water resistance rating, which means it'll hold up in depths of up to 100 meters. Nixon says this is the highest rating for any smartwatch. To put that designation to the test, the Mission offers both surfers and snowboarders/skiers up-to-date info on conditions around the world through a pair of pre-loaded apps.

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Under the hood, the Nixon Mission smartwatch is powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon Wear 2100 underneath a round AMOLED display covered with Gorilla Glass. The outer bezel is stainless steel around a polycarbonate and stainless steel shell with a silicone band that aims for both comfort and durability. What's more, Nixon's taking a similar approach to customization as Motorola did with the Moto 360. You'll be able to customize the finish and both bezel and band colors to make a unique color scheme. The customization doesn't stop their either, as you can also set the Mission's digital display to mimic the look of the company's other timepieces like the 51-30, The Sentry, The Player, The Ranger and The Unit.

We've always pushed things that have never been done before and we're doing it again with The Mission," said Nixon CEO Nick Stowe. "We wanted to make our entrance into the smart category in a disciplined and purposeful way by bringing functions that are useful and true to our DNA and action sports heritage." Stowe also said that Nixon has a "family of smart products to come," so we'll be hearing more about connect gadgets from the company in the future. As for the Mission, the smartwatch is making its official debut at Baselworld before going on sale this fall.

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