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Garmin MARQ Aviator Smartwatch In-depth Review

The Garmin MARQ collection has a design tailored to every kind of adventurer, with the Garmin MARQ Aviator smartwatch putting its focus on pilots, professional and amateur alike, and taking them to higher levels than ever before. It’s combination of 24 hour GMT bezel, worldwide aeronautical database, Direct-to emergency navigation and detailed NEXRAD weather radar ensures you’re always in the pilots seat and ready to take off any moment.


Since its release last year, the Garmin MARQ smartwatch collection has perfectly bridged the gap for those seeking a high-performing smartwatch that still looks the part engineered from luxury materials like titanium and ceramic. There are six models to choose from: the Garmin MARQ Athlete, MARQ Driver, MARQ Captain, MARQ Commander, MARQ Adventurer and the MARQ Aviator. Yet despite their higher price tags, each of these magnificent modern tool watches have proven their worth as they become destined for those that aspire to the lifestyles redefined over decades of innovation. For those ready to champion their spirit of flight in every way, let’s take a look at some of the features of the Garmin MARQ Aviator in more detail…




Ready to guide you any way your life leads, the Garmin MARQ Aviator smartwatch is full to the brim with remarkable piloting features. The 46mm scratch resistant ceramic bezel starts the design off strong detailed with laser etched precision markings for recording a second time zone while two additional airport time zones are available on screen so you can stay on schedule at home, in your current time zone and at your inbound destination. The Flight Plans feature also allows you to transfer your flight plan and any updates wirelessly from the app straight to your wrist so you are always in sync with your intended route.


One of the most important aspects of being a professional pilot is being prepared, and the Garmin MARQ Aviator takes preparation to whole new heights with aviation weather reports accessible directly on screen including winds, visibility, barometric pressure and more, plus NEXRAD weather radar of your route. The Direct-to emergency navigation is also on hand in case of emergency and will fly you straight to a location or waypoint or activate a path to the nearest airport all with the simple activation of the emergency access button hot key.


Following course has never been easier thanks to the HSI course needle and full-colour moving map which displays your flight path in relation to nearby navaids, airports, intersections and other surface features. The horizontal situation indicator is a visualisation of aviation heritage, offering a simple view to know if you’re on the correct course. With the ability to see your current track relevant to the flight plan, an off-course indicator with points of deflection, compass heading as well as the distance to the next waypoint, the path forward has never been clearer.




Endurance and capability is a necessity in the cockpit and the Garmin MARQ Aviator boasts a design that promises all that and more. It’s 46mm bezel is engineered from scratch resistant ceramic and laser etched with precision markings for a GMT 24 hour scale. The ceramic is then coated with a thin layer of metal and polished to a sophisticated mirror shine. Meanwhile the rest of the case and the elegant bracelet is crafted from polished titanium for a lightweight, scratch resistant finish. The bracelet is also equipped with a security clasp that micro adjusts for a premium fit, whether it’s around pilot’s gloves or beneath a tailored suit. Scratch resistant sapphire crystal glass is used to protect the touchscreen display and provides a water resistance of 100 metres.




For days when you wish to explore on land, the Garmin MARQ Aviator smartwatch comes with a fantastic selection of fitness apps and location features. The wrist based heart rate monitor, which can uniquely record your pulse underwater, is ready to help you gauge how hard you work while the Stress Score feature uses your heart rate to calculate your stress score. When you’re up in high altitudes and lacking cabin air pressure, the Pulse Ox monitor will help you gain awareness of how well your body’s oxygen levels are adjusting to the thinner air at higher altitudes and provide warnings if you need to acclimatise before reaching further heights.


The Garmin MARQ Aviator also features one of Garmin’s newest training features, the PacePro function. The useful training feature allows users to enter custom start and finish points and a target competition times. This means that the watch will tell you exactly how fast you should be aiming to run, cycle, swim etc to complete each mile and ultimately reach your goal. The Pace Pro function even considers hills and slopes for ultimate training awareness. To keep track of your overall wellbeing and health, Respiration Tracking and Hydration Tracking monitors your breathtaking and water intake throughout the day.


Keeping you on track wherever you go, the Garmin MARQ Aviator watch also showcases access to multiple global navigation satellite systems including GPS, GLONASS and Galileo so you can venture out into more difficult environments than just relying on GPS alone. The handy ABC sensors also help you navigate your route with an altimeter for elevation data, barometer to monitor weather and 3-axis electronic compass for direction. For days of ‘rest’, the Garmin MARQ Commander also features access to over 41,000 full-colour golf courses around the world as well as 2,000 worldwide ski resorts.




An extended battery life is a must-have for brave pilots tackling the skies, and with up to 12 days of battery life in smartwatch mode, the Garmin MARQ Aviator smartwatch can be safely relied on in all altitudes. Even in GPS mode, the battery promises up to 28 hours of power, 48 hours in UltraTrac mode and 9 hours with GPS and music. For days when battery life becomes essential, the Power Manager feature will offer suggestions to save your battery such as turning off certain apps like music or maps.





When life slows down, the Garmin MARQ Aviator remains your co-pilot always by your side with incredible smart notification that keep you in touch with friends, family and work with emails, texts and alerts sent straight to your wrist. Like all the smartwatches in the MARQ collection, you get the Garmin Pay contactless system which allows you to pay with a simple swipe at checkouts and music storage for up to 2,000 songs and access to streaming apps like Spotify, Deezer and Amazon Music.


The Garmin MARQ Aviator is a no-brainer for any pilot or aviation enthusiast looking for their next luxury smartwatch. You can order the model on the Jura Watches website here with interest free finance and free delivery available. Get in touch with our helpful team of watch specialists on 01335 453453 or at should you need any assistance with your purchase. 


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