Monday, July 15, 2024

Garmin Unveils Its New Descent Mk2S Dive Computer

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Garmin International today introduced the new Descent Mk2S, the company’s latest — and smallest — watch-style dive computer.

The Descent Mk2S was designed for women and those with smaller wrists. It features a 1.2-inch (30.48mm) sunlight-readable sapphire display, 43mm (1.69-inch) case and interchangeable “QuickFit” bands in silicone, leather, metal and nylon.

According to said Dan Bartel, the company’s vice president of global consumer sales:

“Building on the success of the Descent Mk2, we’re excited to give divers more options, especially our female customers. A tribute to your active lifestyle and passion as a diver, theMk2S is both an essential tool for diving and a smart timepiece that allows you to track your activities around-the-clock.”

The Descent Mk2S features support for multiple dive modes for single and multiple gas dives (including nitrox, trimix and 100% O2), gauge, apnea, spearfishing and closed-circuit rebreather. It will mark entry and exit points in the water using multi-GNSS satellite support and includes an underwater 3-axis compass. Divers can view depth, dive time, temperature, NDL/TTS, ascent/descent rates, gas mix, PO2, N2 loading, decompression/safety stop information, time-of-day and more.

It also allows you to customize your dive modes by selecting additional screens that feature the fields you’d like to see. The Descent Mk2S can also store and review dive data for up to 200 dives on the watch or view them all on the companion Garmin Dive app, which automatically provides a detailed analysis of each dive activity including max depth, bottom time and a map of surface entry and exit points. Using the app’s Explore tool, divers can plan their next trip by viewing popular dive sites that have been rated and reviewed by other users, with information like weather conditions and dive logs from that specific location. The app also helps keep track of the gear being used for each dive. Easily tag equipment, wetsuit and fins, then refer back when preparing for future trips.

Garmin's New Descent Mk25 - mineral blue with sea foam band
Garmin’s New Descent Mk25 – mineral blue with sea foam band

When not diving, the Descent Mk2S doubles as a premium multisport GPS smartwatch with all-day health monitoring, built-in sports apps and more. In addition, it sports women’s health features including menstrual cycle tracking and pregnancy tracking, as well as all-day breath tracking and advanced sleep monitoring, which estimates light, deep and REM stages of sleep.

When paired with a compatible smartphone, the Descent Mk2S can receive notifications for calls, texts and calendar alerts right on the wrist. You can also use Garmin Pay for contactless payments and music storage.

The Descent Mk2S boasts up to seven days of battery life in smartwatch mode and up to 30 hours in dive mode.

The watch also is packed with preloaded sports apps for running, swimming, cycling, strength training, skiing, golfing and more. These sport profiles have expanded to now include surfing and indoor climbing, plus advanced training metrics for multiple activities.

Not only that, after each workout, the built-in recovery advisor will recommend how long to rest before another big effort.

When paired with a compatible Garmin inReach satellite communicator at the surface, users can send and receive messages quickly from the Descent Mk2S watch and when necessary, trigger an interactive SOS.

Garmin's inReach Mini
Garmin’s inReach Mini

The Descent Mk2S is available in three colorways: light gold with light sand silicone band, carbon gray DLC with black silicone band and mineral blue with sea foam silicone band. All can be customized with interchangeable QuickFit bands to suit any activity or style.

Available as of today, the Descent Mk2S retails for US$999.99 (~818 Euros).

For more info, go to garmin.com/dive.

John Liang
John Lianghttps://www.deeperblue.com/
John Liang is the News Editor at DeeperBlue.com. He first got the diving bug while in High School in Cairo, Egypt, where he earned his PADI Open Water Diver certification in the Red Sea off the Sinai Peninsula. Since then, John has dived in a volcanic lake in Guatemala, among white-tipped sharks off the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, and other places including a pool in Las Vegas helping to break the world record for the largest underwater press conference.

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