Garmin’s next watch will probably be the Descent MK2s

Garmin’s next watch is most likely to be the Descent MK2s. A confidentiality clause on the FCC documentation ran out today revealing details on the new device.

The Descent MK is the company’s dive computer range which offers surface GPS navigation. The first generation device was revealed back in 2017, the second generation followed last year.

A watch for the deeply curious

The latest version comes with a bright 1.4” color display and watch-style design that very much resembles the company’s Fenix 6x. The similarities between MK2 and Fenix 6x, however, do not stop there.

You’ll find pretty much the same sensors on both including Garmin’s Elevate wrist heart rate technology, pulse Ox, compass, gyroscope, barometric altimeter, accelerometer and thermometer. The only addition is the depth sensor on the MK2. On surface, the watch becomes a training companion offering almost all Fenix 6x multi-sport features, advanced performance metrics and smartphone notifications.

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Rather conveniently, diving mode is automatically activated when you hit the water and switched off when you exit. You’ll get detailed real-time info on current depth, dive time, water temperature, ascent/descent rate, no-deco time, decompression stop information and more. Thanks to the built-in GPS the watch precisely logs where you entered the water and where you exited. The GPS will not work under-water, though.

garmin new descent mk1 is for the deeply curious 2 - Garmin's next watch will probably be the Descent MK2s

You can even plan your next adventure directly on the device itself. There are a plethora of modes for single and multiple gas dives, gauge and apnea. Battery life is up to 16 days in smartwatch mode, 80 hours in dive mode and 48 hours in GPS mode.

So far, we’ve seen two iterations of the second generation device – the Descent MK2 and Descent MK2i. The main distinguishing factor between them is the fancier build and a few more features on the latter. There’s also a $200 price difference.

Pretty soon we’ll get a third version the watch.

Descent MK2s – what’s new?

This one is dubbed Descent MK2s. The confidentiality clause on the FCC registration ran out yesterday and the picture of the device along with the user manual can be seen on this link.

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Looking through the documentation, it is not clear what exactly is the difference between this new version and its predecessors. But the clue might be in the name – the letter “s”. No, it doesn’t stand for solar – in Garmin’s range the letter typically stands for a smaller version of the watch.

The current iterations are huge. Measuring 52 x 52 x 17.8 mm, they are even bigger than the Fenix 6X. So it makes perfect sense to release something for those with smaller wrists. Smaller dimensions will probably come with a smaller display – a 1.2 or a 1.3 inch one.

The rest of the features should probably be the same as the MK2. According to the User Manual, this includes the battery life.

We were keeping an eye out on the FCC registration to see whether Garmin would extend the confidentiality clause. They didn’t which means the official release is probably imminent.

We were also a bit hopeful the reveal might be a bit more exciting – perhaps the Forerunner 955 or Fenix 7. Unfortunately the wait for those will be a bit longer. The first might launch in the months ahead, the second probably in the Autumn.

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