The Descent MK2S is the newest wearable product offered by Garmin. The dive watch comes in three different colorways: light gold, gray, and mineral blue. It is a scaled-down version of the original, which retailed for a higher price.
A timepiece for the extremely inquisitive
The Descent MK family of dive computers is the one offered by the firm, and it features surface GPS navigation. Back in 2017, the first version of the device was made public, and the second generation was introduced the following year. This one comes with a vivid color display that is 1.4 inches in size and a watch-style design that is quite similar to the Fenix 6x that the firm produces. On the other hand, this is not the end of the MK2 and Fenix 6x’s shared characteristics.
On both models, you’ll locate the majority of the same sensors, such as Garmin’s Elevate wrist heart rate technology, pulse Ox, compass, gyroscope, barometric altimeter, accelerometer, and temperature. On the MK2, the only modification is the addition of a depth sensor. On the surface, the watch transforms into a training partner by giving practically all of the multi-sport functions found on the Fenix 6x as well as sophisticated performance data and notifications from your smartphone.
When you enter the water, diving mode will automatically turn on, and it will deactivate itself when you depart the water. This is a really convenient feature. You are provided with in-depth, real-time information on topics such as depth, dive time, water temperature, ascent/descent rate, no-deco time, and information regarding decompression stops. The watch’s internal GPS allows it to keep an accurate log of both the point at which you entered the water and the point at which you exited it. However, the GPS will not function while you are underwater.
You can even make preparations for your future journey straight on the gadget itself. There is an abundance of modes for single and multiple gas dives, as well as for apnea and gauge monitoring.
The Descent MK2 and the Descent MK2i are the two iterations that we have seen so far of the device that is of the second generation. The more elaborate design and additional functions seen on the latter model are the primary characteristics that set it apart from the former. There is also a variation in pricing of $200 between the two.
There is now a third iteration of the watch available. The MK2s models are available for approximately $300 cheaper than the MK2 models.
What’s new about the Descent MK2s?
The letter “s” can be found in the name, which provides a hint. No, it does not stand for solar; rather, within the Garmin product line, the letter designates a more compact version of the watch.
The size of the present iterations is enormous. They are considerably larger than the Fenix 6X, measuring 52 mm on each side and 17.8 mm in height. As a result, it is only logical to create something available for people who have more petite wrists. The lower dimensions are accompanied with a display that is smaller, measuring 1.2 inches.
Six different drive modes are available on the MK2S, including single and multiple gas dives, a gauge, apnea, apnea hunt, and closed-circuit rebreather. The hardware is the same as it was in the first version. It contains ABC sensors, an underwater 3-axis compass for orientation below water, surface GPS, wrist-based heart rate and Pulse Ox, several sports apps, sophisticated training tools, Garmin Pay, music storage, and a variety of other functions.
The smartwatch mode has a battery life of up to 7 days, the dive mode has a battery life of up to 30 hours, and the GPS mode with music has a battery life of only 6 hours. That is less than half of what you would receive on the full size version; but, given that Garmin has had to reduce the size of the battery, this shouldn’t come as much of a surprise.
The company is likely working on releasing additional watches in the near future. In the not-too-distant future, we anticipate the release of the Garmin Forerunner 945 LTE. Another item that will be available very soon is the Forerunner 55.
Garmin is currently selling the MK2s for a price of $999 each. Check out Amazon’s pricing and selection to see what options you have.