Here’s a comparison of the current Garmin watch models: Swim 2, Instinct 2 Solar Surf, Descent G1, Mk2, quatix 6 & 7x Solar. Learn which Garmin aquatic smartwatch is the right watch for you!

aquatic compareSwim 2
Instinct Solar – Surf
Instinct 2/2s Solar -Surf Edition
Descent G1 Solar
Descent Mk2 & Mk2i
quatix 6
quatix 6x Solar
quatix 7x Solar
Lens materialchemically strengthened glassSolar-charging Power Glass™ lensPower Glass™Power Glass™sapphire crystalCorning® Gorilla® Glass DX or sapphire crystalSolar-charging Power Glass™ lensPower Sapphire™
Bezel material
fiber-reinforced polymerfiber-reinforced polymerfiber-reinforced polymerStainless Steel or Diamond-like Carbon (DLC) coated titaniumstainless steel or titaniumtitaniumtitanium
Case material
fiber-reinforced polymerfiber-reinforced polymerfiber-reinforced polymerfiber-reinforced polymer with metal rear coverfiber-reinforced polymer with metal rear cover and knurled buttonsfiber-reinforced polymer with metal rear coverfiber-reinforced polymer with titanium rear cover
QuickFit watch band compatible
✅ (22 mm)
2: 22 mm
2S: 20 mm
✅ (22 mm)✅ (26 mm)✅ (22 mm)✅ (26 mm)✅ (26 mm)
Strap materialSilicone SiliconeSiliconeSiliconeSilicone or TitaniumSilicone or Titaniumtitanium and silicone includedtitanium and silicone included
Water rating5 ATM10 ATM10 ATMDive (100 meters)Dive (100 meters)10 ATM10 ATM10 ATM
Physical size 42 x 42 x 11.4 mm
Fits wrists with a circumference of 129-197 mm
Larger replacement bands are available as an optional accessory. Large bands fit wrists with a circumference of 151 – 219 mm
45 x 45 x 15.3 mm
Fits wrists with a circumference of 132-224 mm
2:45 x 45 x 14.2 mm
Fits wrists with a circumference of 135-230 mm
2s: 40 x 40 x 13.3 mm
Fits wrists with a circumference of 112-180 mm
45.5 x 45.5 x 15.2 mm
Silicone Band: 128-224 mm
Extra Long Silicone Band: 128-373 mm
52 x 52 x 17.8 mm
Fits wrists with the following circumference:
Silicone band: 135-230 mm
Extra long silicone band: 135-355 mm
47 x 47 x 14.7 mm
Fits wrists with the following circumference:
Silicone band: 125-208 mm
Metal band: 132-215 mm
51 x 51 x 14.9 mm
Fits wrists with the following circumference:
Silicone band: 127-210 mm
Metal band: 135-225 mm
51 x 51 x 14.9 mm
Fits wrists with the following circumference: 
Silicone band: 127-210 mm
Leather and fabric band: 135-213 mm
Metal band: 135-225 mm
Battery internal rechargeable batteryinternal rechargeable batteryinternal rechargeable batteryinternal rechargeable batteryinternal rechargeable batteryinternal rechargeable batteryinternal rechargeable batteryinternal rechargeable battery
Display type sunlight-visible, transflective memory-in-pixel (MIP)monochrome, sunlight-visible, transflective memory-in-pixel (MIP)monochrome, sunlight-visible, transflective memory-in-pixel (MIP)monochrome, sunlight-visible, transflective memory-in-pixel (MIP)sunlight-visible, transflective memory-in-pixel (MIP)sunlight-visible, transflective memory-in-pixel (MIP)sunlight-visible, transflective memory-in-pixel (MIP)sunlight-visible, transflective memory-in-pixel (MIP)
Display size 1.04″ (26.3 mm) diametercustom, two-window design; 0.9” x 0.9” (23 x 23 mm)2: custom, two-window design; 0.9” x 0.9” (23 x 23 mm)
2s: custom, two-window design; 0.79” x 0.79” (20 x 20 mm)
custom, two-window design: 0.9” x 0.9” (23 x 23 mm)1.4” (35.56 mm) diameter1.3” (33.02 mm) diameter1.4” (35.56 mm) diameter1.4” (35.56 mm) diameter
Display resolution 208 x 208 pixels128 x 128 pixels2: 176 x 176 pixels
2s: 156 x 156 pixels (active area)
176 x 176 pixels280 x 280 pixels260 x 260 pixels280 x 280 pixels280 x 280 pixels
Color display
LED flashlight
Memory/ History50 hours of activity data16 MB32 MB32 MB32 GB32 GB32 GB32 GB
Battery life Smartwatch mode: Up to 7 days
GPS mode: Up to 13 hours
Pool and OHR mode: up to 72 hours
Smartwatch: Up to 24 days/54 days with solar*
Battery Saver Watch Mode: Up to 56 days/Unlimited with solar*
GPS: Up to 30 hours/38 hours with solar**
Max Battery GPS Mode: Up to 70 hours/145 hours with solar**
Expedition GPS Activity: Up to 28 days/68 days with solar*
Smartwatch: Up to 28/21 days, Unlimited/51 days with solar with solar*
Battery Saver Watch Mode: Up to 65/50 days/Unlimited with solar*
GPS: Up to 30/22 hours, 48/28 hours with solar**
Max Battery GPS Mode: Up to 70/54 hours, 370/114 hours with solar**
Expedition GPS Activity: Up to 32/25 days, Unlimited/105 days with solar*
Dive Mode: Up to 25 hours
Smartwatch: Up to 21 days/4 months with solar *
Battery Saver Watch Mode: Up to 48 days/Unlimited with solar*
GPS: Up to 26 hours/39 hours with solar **
Max Battery GPS Mode: Up to 56 hours/205 hours with solar**
Expedition GPS Activity: Up to 27 days/Unlimited with solar*
Smartwatch: Up to 16 days
Battery Saver Watch Mode: Up to 50 days
GPS: Up to 48 hours
GPS + Music: Up to 15 hours
Max Battery GPS Mode: Up to 96 hours
Dive mode: Up to 80 hours
Dive mode with Descent T1: Up to 32 hours
Expedition GPS Activity: up to 35 days
Smartwatch mode: Up to 14 days
GPS mode: Up to 36 hours
GPS and music: Up to 10 hours
Max battery GPS mode: 72 hours
Expedition GPS activity: 28 days
Battery saver watch mode: 48 days
Smartwatch: Up to 21 days plus 3 days *
GPS: Up to 60 hours plus 6 hours **
GPS + Music: Up to 15 hours plus 1 hour**
Max Battery GPS Mode: 120 hours plus 28 hours**
Expedition GPS Activity: 46 days plus 10 days*
Battery Saver Watch Mode: 80 days plus 40 days*
Smartwatch: Up to 28 days/37 days with solar*
Battery Saver Watch Mode: Up to 90 days/1+ year with solar*
GPS Only: Up to 89 hours/122 hours with solar**
All Satellite Systems: Up to 63 hours/77 hours with solar*
All Satellite Systems + Multi-band: Up to 38 hours/42 hours with solar**
All Satellite Systems + Music: Up to 16 hours
Max Battery GPS: Up to 213 hours/578 hours with solar**
Expedition GPS: Up to 62 days/139 days with solar*
Clock Features
Time/date
GPS time sync
Automatic daylight savings time
Alarm clock
Timer
Stopwatch
Sunrise/sunset times
Maps & Memory
Basemap
Preloaded topographical maps
Preloaded ski resort maps
Downloadable cartography support
Compatible with BaseCamp
Sensors
GPS/GLONASS/GalileoGPS/GLONASS/GalileoGPS/GLONASS/GalileoGPS/GLONASS/GalileoGPS/GLONASS/GalileoGPS/GLONASS/GalileoGPS/GLONASS/GalileoGPS/GLONASS/GalileoGPS/GLONASS/Galileo
Multi-frequency Positioning
Garmin elevate wrist heart rate monitor
Accelerometer
Barometric Altimeter
Compass
Gyroscope
Thermometer
Depth sensors
Pulse Ox✅ (with acclimation)
Health Monitoring
Wrist-band heart rate (constant, every second)
Daily resting heart rate
Abnormal heart rate alerts ✅ (High and Low)✅ (High and Low)✅ (High and Low)✅ (High and Low)✅ (High and Low)✅ (High and Low)✅ (High and Low)
Respiration rate (24×7)
Pulse Ox Blood oxygen saturation ✅ (spot-check, during sleep, all day)✅ (spot-check, during sleep, all day)✅ (spot-check, and optional all-day acclimation and in sleep)✅ (spot-check, and optional all-day acclimation and in sleep)✅ (spot-check, and optional all-day acclimation and in sleep)✅ (spot-check, and optional all-day acclimation and in sleep)
Fitness age ✅ (in app)✅ (in app)✅ (in app)✅ (in app)✅ (in app)✅ (in app)
Body Battery energy monitor
All-day stress tracking
Relaxation reminders
Relaxation breathing timer
Sleep monitoring ✅ (advanced)✅ (with Sleep score and insights)✅ (with Sleep score and insights)✅ (advanced)✅ (advanced)✅ (with Sleep score and insights)
Hydration✅  (in Garmin Connect)✅  (in Garmin Connect)✅  (in Garmin Connect)✅  (in Garmin Connect)✅  (in Garmin Connect)✅  (in Garmin Connect)✅  (in Garmin Connect™ and optional Connect IQ™ widget)
Women’s Health tracking ✅  (in Garmin Connect)✅  (in Garmin Connect)✅  (in Garmin Connect)✅  (in Garmin Connect)✅  (in Garmin Connect)✅  (in Garmin Connect)✅  (in Garmin Connect™ and optional Connect IQ™ widget)
Health snapshot
Daily Smart Features
Connectivity Bluetooth®, ANT+®Bluetooth®, ANT+®Bluetooth®, ANT+®Bluetooth®, ANT+®Bluetooth®, ANT+®, Wi-Fi®, Subwave in Mk2iBluetooth® Smart, ANT+®, Wi-Fi®Bluetooth® Smart, ANT+®, Wi-Fi®Bluetooth®, ANT+®, Wi-Fi®
Connect IQ (downloadable watch faces, data fields, widgets and apps)✅ (watch faces only)
On-device Connect IQ Store
Text response /reject phone call with text
Calendar
Weather
Battery Saver- customizable low power watch
Controls smartphone music
Plays and controls watch music
Music storage Up to 2,000 songsUp to 2,000 songsUp to 2,000 songsUp to 2,000 songs
Find My Phone
Find My Watch
VIRB Camera remote
Smartphone compatibilityiPhone®, Android™iPhone®, Android™iPhone®, Android™iPhone®, Android™iPhone®, Android™iPhone®, Android™iPhone®, Android™iPhone®, Android™
Compatible with Garmin Connect Mobile
Garmin Pay
Activity Tracking Features
Step counter
Move bar (displays on device after a period pf inactivity; walk for a couple of minuets to reset it)
Auto goal (Learns your activity level and assigns a daily step goal)
Calories burned
Floors climbed
Distance traveled
Intensity minuets
TrueUp
Move IQ
Safety and Tracking Features
Live track
Group LiveTrack
Live event sharing
Incident detection during select activites
Assistance
Fitness Equipment
Available gym activity profiles Strength, Cardio and Elliptical Training, Stair Stepping, Floor Climbing, Indoor Rowing and Yogatrength, HIIT, Cardio and Elliptical Training, Stair Stepping, Floor Climbing, Indoor Rowing, Breathwork, Pilates, YogaStrength, HIIT, Cardio and Elliptical Training, Stair Stepping, Floor Climbing, Indoor Rowing, Breathwork, Pilates, YogaStrength, Cardio and Elliptical Training, Stair Stepping, Floor Climbing, Indoor Rowing, Pilates and YogaStrength, Cardio and Elliptical Training, Stair Stepping, Floor Climbing, Indoor Rowing, Pilates and YogaStrength, Cardio and Elliptical Training, Stair Stepping, Floor Climbing, Indoor Rowing, Pilates and YStrength, HIIT, Cardio and Elliptical Training, Stair Stepping, Floor Climbing, Indoor Rowing, Pilates, Yoga
Cardio workouts
Strength workouts
HIIT workouts
Yoga workouts
Pilates Workouts
On-screen workout animations
Automatic rep counting
Training, planning and Analysis Features
GPS speed and distance
Customizable data pages ✅ (swim only)
Customizable activity profiles
Auto pause
Interval training
Advanced workouts✅ (pool swim only)
Downloadable training programs
Power modes – customizable in-activity battery settings
Auto Lap
Manual lap
Configure lap alerts
Heat and altitude acclimation
VO2 max
Training status
Training load
Training effect (aerobic) ✅ (swim only)
Training effect (anaerobic) ✅ (swim only)
Customizable alerts
Audio prompts
Finish time
Virtual Partner
Race an Activity
Manual multisport activities
Auto multisport activities
Course guidance
Segments
Strava features (beacon, live segments)
Round-trip course creator
Touch and/or button lock
Hot keys
Auto scroll
Activity history on watch
Heart Rate Features
HR zones
HR alerts
HR calories
% HR max
% HRR
Recovery time
Auto max HR
HRV stress test ✅ (with compatible accessories)✅ (with compatible accessories)✅ (with compatible accessories)✅ (with compatible accessories)
Records heart rate while swimming ✅ (with HRM-Tri and HRM-Swim)✅ (with HRM-Tri and HRM-Swim)✅ (with HRM-Tri and HRM-Swim)✅ (with HRM-Tri and HRM-Swim)
HR broadcasts (broadcasts HR data over ANT+ to paired devices) ✅  (using ANT+)✅  (using ANT+)
Respiration rate (during exercise) ✅ (with compatible accessory)✅ (with compatible accessory)✅ (with compatible accessory)
Running Features
Available run profiles Outdoor RunningRunning, Treadmill Running, Indoor Track Running, Trail RunningRunning, Treadmill Running, Indoor Track Running, Trail RunningRunning, Treadmill Running, Indoor Track Running, Trail RunningRunning, Treadmill Running, Indoor Track Running, Trail Running, Virtual RunningRunning, Indoor Treadmill and Track Running, Trail RunningRunning, Treadmill Running, Trail RunningRunning, Outdoor Track Running, Treadmill Running, Indoor Track Running, Trail Running, Virtual Running, Ultra Running
GPS-based distance, time and pace
Running dynamics ✅ (with compatible accessories)✅ (with compatible accessories)✅ (with compatible accessories)✅ (with compatible accessories)✅ (with compatible accessories)✅ (with compatible accessory)
Vertical oscillation and ratiode length✅ (with compatible accessories)✅ (with compatible accessories)✅ (with compatible accessories)✅ (with compatible accessories)✅ (with compatible accessories)✅ (with compatible accessory)
Ground contact time and balance ✅ (with compatible accessories)✅ (with compatible accessories)✅ (with compatible accessories)✅ (with compatible accessories)✅ (with compatible accessories)✅ (with compatible accessory)
Stride length (real time) ✅ (with compatible accessories)✅ (with compatible accessories)✅ (with compatible accessories)✅ (with compatible accessories)✅ (with compatible accessories)✅ (with compatible accessory)
Cadance (provides real-time number of steps per minuete)✅ (with compatible accessories)✅ (with compatible accessories)
Performance condition
Lactate threshold ✅ (with compatible accessory)✅ (with compatible accessory)✅ (with compatible accessory)✅ (with compatible accessory)✅ (with compatible accessory)✅ (with compatible accessory)
PacePro Pacing Strategies
Run Workouts
Race predictor
Foot pod capable
Golfing Features
Preloaded with 42,000 courses worldwide
Yardage to F/M/B, layups/doglegs, Measures shot distance, Digital scorecard & more
Full vector map
Yardage to layups/doglegs
Measure shot distance (calculates exact yardage for shots from anywhere on course)
manual

manual
AutomaticAutomatic Automatic
Digital Scorecard
Custom targets
Stat tracking (strokes, putts per round, greens and fairways hit)
Garmin Autoshot
Auto courseview updates
Green view with manual pin position
Hazards and course targets
Truswing compatible
Pinpointer
PlaysLike distance
Handicap scoring
Round timer/odometer
Automatic club tracking compatible (requires accessory)
Tournament legal
Outdoor Recreation Features
Available outdoor recreation profilesHiking, Climbing, Mountain Biking, Skiing, Snowboarding, XC Skiing, Stand Up Paddleboarding, Rowing, Kayaking, Fishing, Hunting, Tactical, SurfingHiking, Indoor Climbing, Bouldering, Climbing, Skiing, Snowboarding, XC Classic Skiing, Stand Up Paddleboarding, Rowing, Kayaking, Surfing, Hunting, Kiteboarding, Windsurfing, Snowhshoeing, Fishing, Horseback Riding, Tennis, TacticalHiking, Indoor Climbing, Bouldering, Climbing, Skiing, Snowboarding, XC Classic Skiing, Stand Up Paddleboarding, Rowing, Kayaking, Surfing, Hunting, Kiteboarding, Windsurfing, Snowhshoeing, Fishing, Horseback Riding, Tennis, TacticalHiking, Indoor and Outdoor Climbing, Bouldering, Surfing, Mountain Biking, Skiing, Snowboarding, XC Skiing, Stand Up Paddleboarding, Rowing, Kayaking, Jumpmaster, TacticalHiking, Climbing, Mountain Biking, Skiing, Snowboarding, XC Skiing, Stand Up Paddleboarding, Rowing, Kayaking, Jumpmaster, TacticalHiking, Climbing, Mountain Biking, Skiing, Snowboarding, XC Skiing, Stand Up Paddleboarding, Rowing, Kayaking, Jumpmaster, TacticalHiking, Indoor Climbing, Bouldering, Climbing, Mountain Biking, Skiing, Snowboarding, XC Classic Skiing, Stand Up Paddleboarding, Rowing, Kayaking, Surfing, Hunting, Kiteboarding, Windsurfing, Snowshoeing, Jumpmaster, Tennis, Pickleball, Tactical
Point-to-point navigation
Bread crumb trail in real time
TracBack
UltraTrac mode
Around me mode
Up Ahead
Elevation profile
Distance to destination
ClimbPro ascent planner
Trail run auto climb
Vertical speed
Total ascent/decent
Future elevation plot
Projected waypoint
Sight N’ Go
Area Calculations ✅ (via Connect IQ)✅ (via Connect IQ)✅ (via Connect IQ)✅ (via Connect IQ)
Hunt/fish calendar ✅ (via Connect IQ)✅ (via Connect IQ)✅ (via Connect IQ)✅ (via Connect IQ)
Sun and moon information ✅ (via Connect IQ) ✅ (via Connect IQ)✅ (via Connect IQ)✅ (via Connect IQ)
Dual grid coordinates
Expedition GPS Activity
XERO locations
Cycling Features
Available cycling profiles BikingBiking, Indoor Biking, Mountain BikingBiking, Road Biking, Mountain Biking, Gravel Biking, Bike Commuting, Bike Touring, eBiking, eMountain Biking, Indoor Biking, Cyclocross, TriathlonBiking, Road Biking, Mountain Biking, Gravel Biking, Cyclocross, Bike Commuting, Bike Touring, eBiking, eMountain Biking, Indoor BikingBiking, Indoor Biking, Mountain Biking, TriathlonBiking, Indoor Biking, Mountain Biking, TriathlonBiking, Indoor Biking, Mountain Biking, TriathlonBiking, Indoor Biking, Mountain Biking, Triathlon
Courses
MTB Grit & Flow
Bike lap and lap maximum power (with power sensors)
Race an activity
Time/distance alerts (trigger alarm when you reach goal)
FTP (Functional Threshold Power) ✅ (with compatible accessory)✅ (with compatible accessory)✅ (with compatible accessory)✅ (with compatible accessory)
Garmin Cycle Map (routable cycling-specific street map)
Compatible with Vector and Rally (power meter)
Power meter compatible
Advanced Vector support
Compatible with Varia vision
Compatible with Varia radar
Compatible with Varia Lights
Speed and cadence sensor support ✅ (ANT+® and Bluetooth® Smart sensors)✅ (ANT+® and Bluetooth® Smart sensors)✅ (ANT+® and Bluetooth® Smart sensors)✅ (ANT+® and Bluetooth® Smart sensors)
Swimming Features
Available swim profilesPool Swimming, Open Water SwimmingPool Swimming, Open Water SwimmingPool Swimming, Open Water SwimmingPool Swimming, Open Water Swimming, Swimming/RunningPool Swimming, Open Water Swimming, Swimming/RunningPool Swimming, Open Water Swimming, Swimming/RunningPool Swimming, Open Water Swimming, Swimming/RunningPool Swimming, Open Water Swimming, Swimming/Running
Open-water swim metrics(distance, pace, stroke, count/rate, stroke distance, swim efficiency, calories)
Pool swim metrics(stroke, type detection, SWOLF, drill Logging, Open water workouts)
Stroke Type Detection (freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly) (POOL SWIM ONLY)
Drill Logging(POOL SWIM ONLY)
Basic rest timer (up from 0)(POOL SWIM ONLY)
“Repeat On” rest timer(POOL SWIM ONLY)
Auto rest (POOL SWIM ONLY)
Time & distance alerts
Pacing Alerts (POOL SWIM ONLY)
Countdown start (POOL SWIM ONLY)
Pool swim workouts
Critical swim speed
Underwater wrist-based heart rate
Heart Rate from external HRM✅ (with HRM-Tri™ and HRM-Swim™)✅ (with HRM-Tri™ and HRM-Swim™)✅ (with HRM-Tri™ and HRM-Swim™)✅ (with HRM-Tri™ and HRM-Swim™)✅ (with HRM-Tri™, HRM-Swim™ and HRM-Pro™)
Boating Features
Available boating profiles BoatingBoating, Sailing, Sail RacingBoating, Sailing, Sail RacingBoating, Sailing, Sail Racing
Anchor alarm
Autopilot Control
Boat data streaming
Virtual starting line
Countdown timer
Track assist mode
Built-in barometer and tide tables✅ (downloadable tides)✅ (downloadable tides)✅ (downloadable tides)
Diving Features
Dive activity maximum operating depth 100 meters100 meters
Single-gas mode
Multi-gas mode
Gauge mode
APNEA mode
APNEA hunt mode
Decompression modelBühlmann ZHL-16c with gradient factorsBühlmann ZHL-16c with gradient factors
Nitrox support
Trimix support
Closed circuit rebreather
Gas mixes Air, Nitrox and Trimix up to 100% O2; 1 bottom gas and up to 11 deco and/or backup gasses.Air, Nitrox and Trimix, up to 100% O2; 1 bottom gas and up to 11 deco and/or backup gasses.
PO2Up to 2.0 with customizable deco PO2 settingUp to 2.0 with customizable deco PO2 setting
Subwave supportin Mk2i
Air integration via Subwave in in Mk2i
Number of Transmitters supported5 in Mk2i
Gas time remainingin Mk2i
Gas consummation rate in Mk2i
Auto start/end dive
Custom end-dive timeout✅ (20s to 10 m)✅ (20s to 10 m)
Safety stop ✅ (customizable off/3min/5min)✅ (customizable off/3min/5min)
Deep stops ✅ (using custom gradient factors)✅ (using custom gradient factors)
Customizable conservatism✅ (low/medium/high or custom using gradient factors)✅ (low/medium/high or custom using gradient factors)
Dive ascent/decent rate indicator
Automatic altitude adjustment
No fly time✅ (with 24hr countdown)
Dive Planner✅ (basic NDL + multi-gas deco planner)✅ (basic NDL + multi-gas deco planner)
Tides
Backlight✅ (configurable time and intensity; auto-on at depth)✅ (configurable time and intensity; auto-on at depth)
Automatically saves dive entry & exit locations
Custom dive data screens
Sync dive log to Garmin dive mobile app
Alerts & alarmsAudible and vibration alarms for ascent rate, PO2, CNS/OTU, NDL, deco, gas switching. Customizable (up to 40) audible and/or vibration per dive mode, based on depth or timeAudible and vibration alarms for ascent rate, PO2, CNS/OTU, NDL, deco, gas switching, (tank pressure, gas consumption rate – in Mk2i). Customizable (up to 40) audible and/or vibration per dive mode, based on depth or time
3-axis dive compass✅(with adjustable heading, quick change to 90R, 90L and reciprocal). Indicates degrees and direction back to set heading✅ (with adjustable heading, quick change to 90R, 90L and reciprocal). Indicates degrees and direction back to set heading
Missed deco lockout✅  (can be disabled prior to dive with user acknowledgement)✅ (can be disabled prior to dive with user acknowledgement)
Residual tissue loading reset✅ (on the surface with user acknowledgement)✅ (on the surface with user acknowledgement)
Surface diver status widget✅ (surface interval, N2/HE loading, CNS, OTU and tissue compartment status)✅ (surface interval, N2/HE loading, CNS, OTU and tissue compartment status)