Garmin MARQ vs Garmin Fenix Chronos – Comparison & Specifications

The Garmin MARQ and Garmin Fenix CHRONOS represent the two top-end models from their respective Fenix lines.

The Garmin MARQ (March 2019) is the top model for the Fenix 5 and Fenix 5 Plus series whereas the Fenix Chronos (2016) was the top model for the Fenix 3 line. Remember that there was no Fenix 4 and, indeed, some argued that the Chronos represented a half-way house from the Fenix 3 to the Fenix 5. The same argument applies to the MARQ being a foreteller of tech goodness to come in next year’s Fenix 6.

Differences Between the Chronos variants

The Fenix Chronos was essentially one product variant that came in 3 available finishes: Brushed Stainless Steel Band ($999); Titanium Hybrid Band ($1499.99); and Leather Band ($899)

Differences Between the MARQs

The Garmin (Fenix) Marq is really also one product variant that comes in 5 finishes. But because of software differences they are, probably rightly, classed as 5 variants with each designed for a specific end use. So we have MARQ Expedition – $1,750, MARQ Athlete – $1,500, MARQ Driver – $2,500, MARQ Aviator – $1,950 and MARQ Captain – $1,850.

However, the 5 MARQ variants are highly similar. For example, if you look at GARMIN’S table below then the only difference in software that would distinguish the ATHLETE from the EXPEDITION would be ORIENTEERING support for the EXPEDITION mode and the weeks-long EXPEDITION battery mode. There will likely also be some niche differences in software functionality as well thus there are DRIVE, BOAT and AVIATION features for the respective models. The straps and weight of the MARQ variants all differ slightly and, indeed, the EXPEDITION and ATHLETE variants are each subtly different in size to the other 3.

MARQ compared to CHRONOS

Let’s assume that the MARQs are all ‘effectively the same’ under the hood and then compare them to the Chronos. Garmin’s table, further below, just shows the differences. Other than the lack of a Chronograph on the MARQ ATHLETE, all the key differences are extra features for the MARQ compared to the Chronos.

In more detail: The MARQ has some notable differences to the Chronos, ranging from superior screen resolutions, superior battery modes, GALILEO GNSS and Pulse Ox through to the inclusion of Garmin PAY, Music and Bluetooth SMART sensor support. Whilst the MARQ ATHLETE is a bit smaller than Chronos it is certainly a lot more expensive.

Nevertheless, the MARQ does look good and it clearly offers the Chronos user good reasons to upgrade.

We also saw in yesterday’s comparison to the Fenix 5 Plus that the MARQ has a clearly superior case as well as some updated hardware components and additional features.

Is it worth upgrading?

The Marq is worth the upgrade from the Chronos or from the Fenix 5 (non-plus). It’s not worth the upgrade from the Fenix 5 Plus. But, hey, you can afford it so why not?

 

Garmin Marq vs Garmin Fenix 5X Plus vs Garmin Fenix 5 Plus

 

MARQ Athlete Fenix Chronos

(link to subsequent firmware additions)

$1,500.00 USD (other variants higher) $899.99 USD and Up
General 
Lens Material domed sapphire crystal sapphire crystal
Bezel Material titanium stainless steel or titanium
Case material titanium stainless steel or titanium
QuickFit™ watch band compatible yes (22 mm)
Quick Release Bands yes (22 mm)
Strap material silicone rubber silicone, steel, titanium or leather
Physical size 46 Dia x 14.1 mm 49 Dia x 15 mm
Silicone rubber strap fits wrists with a circumference of 135-213 mm
Display resolution 240 x 240 pixels 218 x 218 pixels
Weight 94 g 96 g
Titanium version: 76 g
Battery life Smartwatch mode: Up to 12 days Smartwatch mode: Up to 8 days
GPS mode: Up to 28 hours GPS mode: Up to 13 hours
GPS with Music: Up to 9 hours UltraTrac™ mode: Up to 25 hours without wrist heart rate
UltraTrac™ mode: Up to 48 hours
Memory/History 32 GB 64 MB
Clock Features
Chronograph No Yes
Sensors 
Galileo Yes
Gyroscope Yes
Pulse Ox yes (with Acclimation)
Daily Smart Features 
Connectivity Bluetooth®, ANT+®, Wi-Fi® Bluetooth® Smart and ANT+®
Text response/reject phone call with text (Android™ only) Yes
Plays and controls watch music Yes
Music Storage up to 2000 songs
Garmin Pay Yes
Safety and Tracking Features 
Live Event Sharing Yes
Activity Tracking Features 
Body Battery™ Energy Monitor Yes
All-day Stress Tracking Yes
Gym & Fitness Equipment 
Available gym activity profiles Strength, Cardio and Elliptical Training, Stair Stepping, Floor Climbing, Indoor Rowing and Yoga Indoor Rowing
Cardio workouts Yes Yes
Strength workouts Yes Yes
Automatic rep counting Yes Yes
Training, Planning and Analysis Features 
Heat and altitude acclimation Yes
Training load focus Yes
Primary benefit (Training Effect labels) Yes
Round-trip course creator (running/cycling) Yes
Trendline™ Popularity Routing Yes
Physio TrueUp Yes Yes
Heart Rate Features 
Respiration rate (during exercise) yes (with compatible accessory)
Running Features 
Available run profiles Running, Treadmill Running, Trail Running, Indoor Track Running Running, Treadmill Running, Trail Running
Running dynamics yes (with compatible accessory) ? I think yes
Golfing Features 
Preloaded with 41,000 courses worldwide yes
Measures shot distance (calculates exact yardage for shots from anywhere on course) Automatic Manual
Full vector map yes
Hazards and course targets yes (with buttons)
PlaysLike distance yes
Touch-targeting (touch target on display to see the distance to any point) yes (with buttons)
Outdoor Recreation Features 
Available outdoor recreation profiles Hiking, Climbing, Mountain Biking, Skiing, Snowboarding, XC Skiing, Stand Up Paddleboarding, Rowing, Kayaking, Jumpmaster, Tactical Hiking, Climbing, Mountain Biking, Skiing, Snowboarding, XC Skiing, Stand Up Paddleboarding, Rowing, Jumpmaster, Tactical
Around Me mode yes
ClimbPro™ Ascent Planner yes
Future elevation plot yes
Preloaded topographical maps yes
Preloaded ski resort maps yes
Downloadable cartography support yes
XERO™ Locations yes Yes
Cycling Features 
Cycle Map (routable cycling-specific street map) yes
Speed and cadence sensor support (with sensor) yes (ANT+® and Bluetooth® Smart sensors) yes (ANT™)

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