Garmin has announced the Descent Mk2S watch-style dive computer for RM4,799. The device is already available at Lazada, Shopee, AECO e-store, and Garmin authorised retailers.
The device sports a 43mm watch case with a 1.2-inch colour sunlight-readable sapphire display. It can make use of interchangeable QuickFit bands in silicone, leather, metal and nylon.
The Descent Mk2S supports several dive modes including gauge, apnea, apnea hunt, and closed-circuit rebreather. It also has modes for both single and multiple gas dives (including air, nitrox, trimix, and up to 100% O2).
Other features include an underwater 3-axis compass and displays for depth, dive time, temperature, NDL/TTS, ascent/descent rates, gas mix, PO2, N2 loading, decompression/safety stop information, and time-of-day.
The Descent Mk2S can also be used as a multisport GPS smartwatch, with multi-GNSS support, wrist-based heart rate monitoring, animated workouts, multiple sports profiles that include a Surf profile, and all-day health monitoring features like Pulse Oximeter 4.
Other smartwatch features include call, text, and calendar alert notifications, as well as music storage with compatible service support. Dive data for up to 200 dives can be stored on the watch or viewed on the Garmin Dive companion app.
Garmin says that the device has an up to 30 hours battery life in dive mode and and up to seven days battery life in smartwatch mode.
Garmin also announced that the Descent Mk2S can be won through The Descent Mission #EveryDiveCounts Underwater Photo Contest, which involves underwater photographs of marine life. The competition is part of The Descent Mission campaign that’s meant to raise awareness about marine ecology.
The photographs can be submitted from now until August 31 on iNaturalist, with a “star-studded panel of judges made up of renowned diving celebrities and award-winning underwater photographers” to pick the best entry from each country. The top entries will then compete for the regional award. The top entries will then compete for the regional award, with the winners receiving a Descent Mk2i and T1 transmitter.