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(The Gear Loop) - Garmin has announced the latest in its line of popular boating watches with the launch of the new Quatix 7 - a smartwatch that boasts Garmin’s typical health, fitness and lifestyle capabilities with the added benefit of boating-specific content.

The latest model boast a new, vibrant touchscreen display that works alongside the standard five-button layout, while a Quatix 7 Sapphire version sees an always-on AMOLED display introduced for sharper colour, clarity and brightness.

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"The Quatix 7 Series offers a level of versatility and utility that any mariner can appreciate, serving as everything from the dedicated first mate for an offshore cruise to a sleek and stylish timepiece that can be worn to dinner with friends," said Dan Bartel, Garmin vice president of global consumer sales. 

"With several new and innovative marine features, customers can control their MFD from anywhere on the boat and even get notified of important weather and tide information that could impact their navigation. Plus, the Quatix 7 Series packs advanced smart features and an incredibly enduring battery life that can’t be found in any other marine watch."

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These new features include things like an anchor drag alarm, tide alerts, multi-band GPS for more accurate chart-plotting, multi-continent Topo Maps and the ability to control compatible onboard equipment from the wrist.

This could be streaming important information about the boat, including water depth, engine RPM and wind, or checking detailed BlueChart coastal charts.

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Battery life has also been improved for those who don’t want to have to worry about charging when out at sea, with an impressive 16 days in smartwatch mode for Sapphire models and up to 18 days for standard models. 

To go even further between charges, a Quatix 7X Solar model harnesses the power of the sun to extend battery life, granting users up to 37 days in smartwatch mode or up to 90 days in battery saver mode.

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Plus, the watch also hosts all of Garmin’s fitness-tracking and lifestyle applications, such Body Battery, Fitness Age and Sleep Score, as well as the ability to track running, cycling, golfing, hiking, rowing, skiing and much more. 

The Quatix 7, Quatix 7 Sapphire and Quatix 7X Solar are available now with suggested retail prices ranging from £599.99/$699.99 to £1,049.99/$1,199.99.

Writing by Leon Poultney.