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Garmin’s $10,000 MARQ 5-Watch, ‘Signature Set’, IF You Have A Rich Girlfriend Who Wants To Impress YOU.

by Anura Guruge


Click to ENLARGE. E-mail I got from Garmin today.


Click image to access the Garmin product page — to forward to girlfriend.


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I am sure I am on solid ground here. I can’t be 100% sure BUT I don’t think a wife, irrespective of her wealth or access to funds, will buy you this. She will just know, innately, that it is dumb.

Plus, do NOT excuse me of semism — i.e., a father of three daughters (one of who is a big Garmin fan). The MARQ is not for ladies. It is big and heavy. There is NO MARQ S. It is unashamedly a man’s watch.

So, what do you think.

I did the sums. You are paying $450 for the wooden box and the limited-edition exclusivity.

The five MARQ watches — and I priced them out for you — are: Driver ($2,500), Aviator ($1,950), Captain ($1,850), Adventurer (which used to be the Expedition) ($1,750) & Athlete ($1,500). So, the five watches come to $9,550.

What is NOT included is the Commander ($1,950).

What do YOU think.

I had to smile. Yes, $10,000 is NOT much for 5 watches. Plenty of folks that can afford this without thinking twice. In a world where a person will pay $125,000 for a banana duct taped to a wall, this is quite a BUY!

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I have three Garmins right now: two Fenix 6s and a Venu. So, I am NOT in a position to disparage 5 Garmins — though five maybe is overkill.

Why do I have three. Well, I needed TWO — one as a hot backup if one failed. Didn’t want to go even a day without recording my data. The Venu was a bonus — because I like AMOLED screens.

But, 5 MARQs. That would get old pretty quickly I would think.


I am a long-term Garmin shareholder. So, I do care how Garmin spends MY money! Not too thrilled about this. But, Garmin is a Billion dollar company and this is but bagatale.

A friend of mine, another HUGE Garmin fan, asked whether Garmin will really sell any of these Sets. I think they will. In the scheme of things, on a global basis, 100 sets isn’t much. I wouldn’t be surprised if they sell them all.

SMILE.

Enjoy.

Merry Christmas.

Hope your girlfriend buys you one. Please send pictures. All the best.


I do keep track of my Activity Trackers.

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by Anura Guruge

‘Garmin MARQ’ $1,500+ Series: Only To Be Sold Via Garmin & Jewelry Stores!

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Link to Garmin product page.


The MARQ saga is getting crazier and more exasperating by the day. Today’s story, from Garmin, is that the MARQ series will not be available from traditional sport stores in the U.S. — only speciality jewelry stores. This is crazy.

HRM USA, from whom I prefer to get my smartwatches, because of their 45-day returns, VIP UPGRADE club and exemplary support, cannot order MARQs from Garmin. This is not funny. I ‘spoke’ with HRM USA about this — today. They are, of course, not happy about this either.

I hear that the MARQ was listed, albeit briefly, on the Macy’s Website and possibly even Nordstrom.


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‘Garmin MARQ’ $1,500+ Smartwatches Go ‘Walkabouts’ — There Is No Longer AVAILABILITY!

by Anura Guruge


This weekend.

Click to ENLARGE. Go to garmin.com and check.


April 15, 2019.

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Link to Garmin product page.


Something is very fishy. It was announced around March 13, 2019. 7 weeks ago. Initially, as is fairly standard, they said 3 – 5 week availability. Well, we are long past that. Folks are asking.

The newly announced Garmin Forerunner 945 is also NOT currently available from Garmin or Amazon. But, a few LUCKY folks got units from the likes of HRM USA. Also appears that it is more readily available in Europe and in the U.S.A.

Strange.

I don’t like it. Indicates that they are having production issues and that never bodes well.


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‘Garmin MARQ’ Smartwatches: Availability Is Now Supposedly 2 – 3 Weeks (From The 3 – 5 Weeks).

by Anura Guruge


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At Amazon. Nothing. Click to ENLARGE and study.


Link to Garmin product page.


3.5 weeks after they were announced Garmin finally got around the updating the availability to say ‘2 – 3 weeks’. I guess that is par for the course for Garmin. But, still nothing on Amazon.

If the Vivoactive 3 roll-out was any indication things could start to rapidly change from this point onwards. So, I guess we are looking at the first week in May.

I am still hoping to get my hands on the ‘Expedition’ model.


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‘Garmin MARQ’ Smartwatches: 3-Weeks After Announcements Still No Signs Of Availability.

by Anura Guruge


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At Amazon. Nothing. Click to ENLARGE and study.


Link to Garmin product page.


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There might be nothing awry or amiss, but I find it a tad incongruous. 3-weeks ago when it was announced, Garmin, as is fairly typical for them, said “availability within 3-5 weeks”. OK, so we have now had 3-weeks. Shouldn’t this now say: “availability within 2-3 weeks”?

That there is NOTHING on Amazon is even more curious. Typically they would have pre-orders by now. I remember that from when I was waiting for a Garmin Vivoactive 3.

Maybe this will all change this week. Just a heads-up. I was curious and I do plan to get my hands on one — the Expedition.


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The First Review Of The New ‘Garmin MARQ’ Smartwatches — “Digital Trends”.

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He really does seem to be struggling to find good things to say about them. That is not surprising. Like I, he too is concerned about their price and specialization. Garmin makes it sound like you need BOTH the ‘Athlete’ & ‘Expedition’, for a total cost of $2,250, if you are into running, swimming, biking and hiking.

What bothers me most, and this review highlights it, is that this is but an upgrade to the Fenix 5 Plus — but maintaining the same old display technology and most likely most of the innards.

That said, I most likely will get one! {Smile}

I can upgrade my Garmin Fenix 5 Plus for one of the models — most likely the ‘Expedition’. The upgrade path is the only reason I would get one. Makes it reasonably affordable — and crazy not to get so that I will be in line to UPGRADE to the next new watch from Garmin. {Smile}

I will, of course, keep you posted.


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Can I Justify Getting The New Garmin MARQ ‘Athlete’ Or ‘Expedition’?

by Anura Guruge


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Link to Garmin product page.


Though I try to keep up with Garmin rumors the announcement of the MARQ series caught me totally flat-footed (and that had nothing to do with my knee surgery last week).

Wow.

On Google News, this morning, I was informed that the MARQ was $2,500, but I have since found out that that is for the ‘DRIVER’ model aimed at race drivers. That is a heavy watch, with a heavy metal band, not at all suited for my 24×7 wear.

The ‘ATHLETE’ & ‘EXPEDITION’, at $1,500 & $1,750 respectively, would be the logical upgrades to my Fenix 5 Plus.

Yes, I could upgrade, quite attractively & affordably, through the HRM USA VIP Club — I one of the founding members. Plus, I am a long-term GRMN shareholder. So, when Garmin does well I make out anyway.

But, but, but …

Yikes.

I hope I am wrong but at first glance this looks like but lipstick on my Fenix 5 Plus. Nothing majorly new, e.g., EKG/ECG, blood pressure monitoring or a superduper AMOLED display, to justify this premium pricing.

Yes, I need to do some research.

Yes, I might luck out and get one for evaluation.

Treat this as but a foreplay post. I will do more. This was just to get the subject on the table so to speak.


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by Anura Guruge