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 AthleteFenix Chronos

(link to subsequent firmware additions)

$1,500.00 USD (other variants higher)$899.99 USD and Up
Lens Materialdomed sapphire crystalsapphire crystal
Bezel Materialtitaniumstainless steel or titanium
Case materialtitaniumstainless steel or titanium
QuickFit™ watch band compatibleyes (22 mm)
Quick Release Bandsyes (22 mm)
Strap materialsilicone rubbersilicone, steel, titanium or leather
Physical size46 Dia x 14.1 mm49 Dia x 15 mm
Silicone rubber strap fits wrists with a circumference of 135-213 mm
Display resolution240 x 240 pixels218 x 218 pixels
Weight94 g96 g
Titanium version: 76 g
Battery lifeSmartwatch mode: Up to 12 daysSmartwatch mode: Up to 8 days
GPS mode: Up to 28 hoursGPS mode: Up to 13 hours
GPS with Music: Up to 9 hoursUltraTrac™ mode: Up to 25 hours without wrist heart rate
UltraTrac™ mode: Up to 48 hours
Memory/History32 GB64 MB
Clock Features
Pulse Oxyes (with Acclimation)
Daily Smart Features 
ConnectivityBluetooth®, ANT+®, Wi-Fi®Bluetooth® Smart and ANT+®
Text response/reject phone call with text (Android™ only)Yes
Plays and controls watch musicYes
Music Storageup to 2000 songs
Garmin PayYes
Safety and Tracking Features 
Live Event SharingYes
Activity Tracking Features 
Body Battery™ Energy MonitorYes
All-day Stress TrackingYes
Gym & Fitness Equipment 
Available gym activity profilesStrength, Cardio and Elliptical Training, Stair Stepping, Floor Climbing, Indoor Rowing and YogaIndoor Rowing
Cardio workoutsYesYes
Strength workoutsYesYes
Automatic rep countingYesYes
Training, Planning and Analysis Features 
Heat and altitude acclimationYes
Training load focusYes
Primary benefit (Training Effect labels)Yes
Round-trip course creator (running/cycling)Yes
Trendline™ Popularity RoutingYes
Physio TrueUpYesYes
Heart Rate Features 
Respiration rate (during exercise)yes (with compatible accessory)
Running Features 
Available run profilesRunning, Treadmill Running, Trail Running, Indoor Track RunningRunning, Treadmill Running, Trail Running
Running dynamicsyes (with compatible accessory)? I think yes
Golfing Features 
Preloaded with 41,000 courses worldwideyes
Measures shot distance (calculates exact yardage for shots from anywhere on course)AutomaticManual
Full vector mapyes
Hazards and course targetsyes (with buttons)
PlaysLike distanceyes
Touch-targeting (touch target on display to see the distance to any point)yes (with buttons)
Outdoor Recreation Features 
Available outdoor recreation profilesHiking, 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, Jumpmaster, Tactical
Around Me modeyes
ClimbPro™ Ascent Planneryes
Future elevation plotyes
Preloaded topographical mapsyes
Preloaded ski resort mapsyes
Downloadable cartography supportyes
XERO™ LocationsyesYes
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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