With a high-resolution, sapphire, AMOLED touchscreen; a titanium bezel and titanium rear; a Titanium strap option; and more aviation features than any other watch, what’s not to like in Garmin’s greatest aviator watch to date?
Garmin D2 Mach 1
The cheaper, older Garmin D2 Delta is based on the Garmin Fenix 6. Time has moved on, as have Garmin products. There’s now a significantly-improved Fenix 7 model plus a special Garmin Epix 2 version that has a high-resolution screen (think Apple Watch). Well, the D2 Mach 1 is a variation of the Epix. ie it’s the very latest Fenix model PLUS a pretty screen for aviators.
You get the most commonly used sport/golf features of the Fenix 7 plus new Tactical features found on the Mission-oriented Tactix 7 Echo and 5 new aviation-specific features – the ones highlighted in the list below.
- Stealth Mode
- Kill switch
- Aviation Features
- Worldwide airport database(s)
- Altimeter with adjustable baro setting
- 3-axis compass with HSI (horizontal situation indicator)
- Multiple time zones with Zulu/UTC
- Wirelessly receive flight plans from Garmin Pilot™
- NEXRAD on moving map
- Moving Map with aviation airports, navaids, roads, bodies of water and more
- Waypoint information page
- Worldwide NAVAID and Intersection database(s)
- Connext avionics connectivity
- In-flight Pulse Ox
- Aviation Alerts
- MOS & Meteogram
- Fly activity emergency mode
- Density altitude calculator
Mach 2 is only available currently as two strap options titanium or non-titanium. The only case size on offer is the mid-sized 51mm.
We initially thought this release was the D2 Echo. That cheaper, non-AMOLED version will probably still come as Mach 1’s $1200.00 price tag will put many off, especially so for the $100 premium for Titanium.
Clearly, the pattern that has now emerged is for Garmin to release sector-specific versions of Instinct, Fenix and Epix where market size permits. Case sizes, solar and finishes will also be varied and the core features remain plus a small number of sector-specific features to differentiate each Garmin watch from the others.
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