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Garmin launches the Descent G1 Solar for divers who want a solar-charging smartwatch

By Liu Hongzuo - on 22 Apr 2022, 1:26pm

Garmin launches the Descent G1 Solar for divers who want a solar-charging smartwatch

Garmin Descent G1 Solar.

Garmin Singapore announced the Descent G1 Solar, a watch-style dive computer that packs smartwatch functionality, dive technology, and optional solar charging into one wrist wearable.

As a dive computer, the Descent G1 Solar has a 176 x 176 pixels resolution, sunlight-visible, transflective memory-in-pixel (MIP) display inside its 45mm watch case. This unique display is specially made for visibility on land and in water. Supporting the Descent G1 Solar’s 10ATM water resistance (up to 100m depth) is its EN133319 dive compliance certification, leakproof inductive buttons, and a sapphire crystal lens for extra watch protection.

Garmin Descent G1 Solar.

Its diving features are designed for both recreational and seasoned technical divers. Descent G1 Solar has multiple dive modes for single and multiple gas dives (including air, nitrox, trimix and 100% O2), gauge, apnea, apnea hunt and closed-circuit rebreather functionalities. It also packs modern dive computer features like a three-axis digital compass and vibration depth alerts. These settings can be customised to the user’s preference.

Fitness tracking offered includes sleep monitoring and built-in indoor and GPS sports apps, with tracking for VO2 max, fitness age, training status, recovery time, HIIT workouts, and more. Then, like a smartwatch, it can receive notifications from your phone, on top of supporting Garmin Pay. 

Both Descent G1 (the non-solar model) and Descent G1 Solar can do 25 continuous hours in dive mode. If you opt for the solar-charging model, the device offers four months of uptime in smartwatch mode. Regular models offer up to three weeks instead.

As a Garmin wearable, it also works with inReach Mini satellite communicator, Garmin’s Connect IQ app store, QuickFit watch bands, and live location support to let friends and family know you’re safe.

The Descent G1 retails at S$839, while the Descent G1 Solar goes at S$969. You can find them at Garmin Brand Stores, Lazada, Shopee, Garmin Online Store, and select speciality channels. 

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