Garmin® debuts its first dive computer, the Descent Mk1, featuring surface GPS in a sleek, everyday wearable design

Garmin International, Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN), today
announced the Descent™Mk1, a dive computer housed in a
watch-style design offering surface GPS navigation with rich color
mapping. Designed for recreational, technical and free divers, the
Descent Mk1 allows divers to plan their underwater adventure right on
the watch and use GPS waypoints to automatically mark dive entry and
exit points. The Descent Mk1 also offers multiple dive modes, 3-axis
compass, in-dive data, as well as multi-sport functions like wrist-based
heart rate, activity profiles and automatic dive log uploads via the
Garmin Connect Mobile app to Garmin’s online dive community. The Descent
Mk1 is being launched in conjunction with DEMA in Orlando, Florida, Nov.
1-4, booth #2234.

“No matter what kind of diver you are, the Descent Mk1 is the intuitive
dive computer you won’t want to take off. And with features built for in
and out of the water, packed into a watch form factor, you don’t have
to,” said Dan Bartel, Garmin vice president of global consumer sales.
“The Descent Mk1 was built by divers, for divers and we are so excited
that our passion for engineering purpose-built devices, now supports the
passion of underwater explorers.”

The Descent Mk1 includes an Apnea mode for recreational and competitive
free divers, and Apnea Hunt mode for spear fishers. When the diver
submerges, the device will automatically start the dive, and when the
diver surfaces from the water, it will automatically stop the dive. The
Descent Mk1 supports up to six gases including air, nitrox and trimix.
While enjoying their dive under the water, useful information such as
depth, dive time, temperature, NDL/TTS, ascent/descent rates, gas mix,
PO2, N2 loading, decompression/safety stop information, time-of-day, and
more can be viewed on a crisp 1.2-inch color display. The diver can
switch to the dive compass and additional data pages with the push of a
button, or with a quick double tap on the screen.

The dive computer utilizes the Bühlmann ZHL-16c algorithm with
configurable conservatism settings. Choose from three pre-set
conservatism settings, or enter custom Gradient Factors. Selectable tone
and vibration alerts help keep divers informed throughout their dive.
When worn over a divers bare wrist, the Garmin Elevate™ wrist-based
heart rate technology1 will monitor pulse and track exertion
levels. The Descent Mk1 will automatically upload dive logs to Garmin
Connect™ for post-dive analysis. Divers can name their dive, and go back
in app to review dive data such as type of dive, temperature, entry and
exit points and more.

Topside, the Descent Mk1 features a high-sensitivity GPS and GLONASS
satellite tracking for map-based surface navigation including ABC
(altimeter, barometer and compass) sensors. Beyond the full range of
diving functions, the Descent Mk1 offers a complete feature set of
sports/training, fitness and outdoor navigation tools. Preloaded with
activity profiles for swimming, running, biking, hiking, skiing, rowing,
paddle boarding and more. The Descent Mk1, when paired with a compatible
smartphone2, allows a user to receive and view text messages,
emails and smart notifications right on the watch. Users can customize
the watch display with free watch faces, apps and data fields from our Connect


Crafted with premium materials, the Descent Mk1 dive computer will be
available in two styles. A stainless-steel bezel with silicone watch
band or a premium version with titanium bezel and greater
scratch-resistant brushed DLC titanium bracelet. Using QuickFit
bands, the diver can easily change between regular and longer QuickFit
bands, for use over thick wetsuits or dry suits. QuickFit bands also
allow the diver to tailor their wrist-worn style for any daily activity
or special occasion — no tools required. Both models feature a domed
sapphire lens for scratch resistance, and a bright, high-resolution full
color 1.2-inch display with LED backlighting, assuring readability in
all lighting conditions, above or below the water. Dive rated up to 100
meters3 (EN13319) the Descent Mk1 has a battery life of up to
40 hours in dive mode, 19 days in watch mode, 10 days in smartwatch
mode, 20 hours in GPS/HR activity mode, and up to 30 hours in UltraTrac™

The Descent Mk1 is expected to be available in Q4 2017 for a suggested
retail price of $999.99 for the stainless-steel and $1,499.99 for the
premium version. To learn more, visit

The Descent Mk1 is the latest solution from Garmin’s expanding outdoor
segment, which focuses on developing technologies and innovations to
enhance users’ outdoor experiences. Whether hiking, hunting, geocaching,
golfing or using satellite communication, Garmin outdoor devices are
becoming essential tools for outdoor enthusiasts of all levels. For more
information about Garmin’s other outdoor products and services, go to

For decades, Garmin has pioneered new GPS navigation and wireless
devices and applications that are designed for people who live an active
lifestyle. Garmin serves five primary business units, including
automotive, aviation, fitness, marine, and outdoor recreation. For more
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FCC Notice: The Descent Mk1 has not been authorized as required by the
rules of the Federal Communications Commission. This device is not, and
may not be, offered for sale or lease, or sold or leased, until
authorization is obtained.

About Garmin International, Inc.

Garmin International, Inc. is a subsidiary of Garmin Ltd. (Nasdaq:
GRMN). Garmin Ltd. is incorporated in Switzerland, and its principal
subsidiaries are located in the United States, Taiwan and the United
Kingdom. Garmin and Decent are registered trademarks, and Garmin
Connect, Connect IQ, and QuickFit are trademarks of Garmin Ltd. or its

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Garmin International, Inc. Natalie Hawley, 913-397-8200 [email protected]