Garmin has added to its MARQ lineup with the Commander. The MARQ Commander is a to a military style watch that features, tactical, jumpmaster, Stealth and night vison modes.
Garmin has aimed the Marq line to fill a different role where traditional timepieces would typically live, including driving, piloting a plane, boating, and hiking. The MARQ Commander is a military style watch.
MARQ Commander Design
The current MARQ line up feature high-end build and materials and the MARQ Commander follows, sporting a titanium case along with a sapphire crystal screen for protection. Besides the tough materials, it will also ship with a military style strap
In terms of the screen it only gets the 240 x 240 pixels, despite the Fenix 6 getting a screen bump, which is disappointing. I would have thought Garmin would have at least bumped the screen for this model given its price point.
On the rear of the device, the Commander will get the Gen 3 Garmin ELEVATE optical HR sensor with PulseOx SpO2 measurement. Inside of the device, the Commander will get the Sony GPS chipset which supports GPS, GLONASS and Galileo.
MARQ Commander Features
As the name suggests, the Commander is a military-oriented watch. The MARQ Commander will offer features including Jumpmaster for different skydiving types. You will also get tactical Mode, which allows you to display two sets of coordinates on a single screen at the same time.
Adding to the military style feature set, the MARQ Commander will get stealth mode. Which will disable all wireless communications and means that the device won’t store and share the user’s GPS position, although it will still be visible to the user.
If you want to get all Call of Duty style, you will activate night vision mode. This mode changes the backlighting so the user can read the display while the user is wearing night vision goggles. Along with a kill switch that can wipe the watch’s user memory, handy for all your special agents.
Battery life for the Commander promises up to 12 days in smartwatch mode and 28 hours in GPS mode. Putting it into UltraTrac mode will get you 48 hours of use. If you’re using GPS and music, you can expect to get up to 9 hours. Not overly impressive battery performance when compared to the Fenix 6x.
In terms of fitness features we should see the usual sports profiles along with full mapping capability. As with the current MARQ line up, the Commander will get physio features around training load, recovery, and acclimation. The Marq Commander will also feature a barometric altimeter, a compass and a UTC bezel to make sure you can keep track of your location.
In terms of smart features, it will feature Garmin Music offering offline music playback/storage, including Spotify support. It will also include Garmin Pay for contactless payments.
Release and price
In terms of price, the Garmin MARQ Commander at around $1950/£1699.99 and is available to order now. So if you want to go all James Bond, then the MARQ Commander could be the watch for you.