by Anura Guruge
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My Garmin MARQ Expedition on my wrist for the first time.
Saying Goodbye to my trusty Fenix 5 Plus. I will miss it!
The Twelve (12) Trackers I Have Had In The Last 2-Years
The Packing & Box
Yes, I know I am VERY fortunate (but I did a fair amount of writing to earn this). Basically, I did NOT have to pay for it. I traded in my 7-month old (and in IMMACULATE condition) Fenix 5 Plus and called upon ‘virtual $$$s‘ I had banked away for technical & writing services rendered over a 6-month period. Though I now rarely charge folks for my writing, I still get rewarded for it. This is the most visible example.
Impressive watch — but I am not sure whether I would have paid $1,750 for it! Given that I didn’t have to part with any money, at all, at all, it feels GREAT.
The Titanium body looks good and the Italian leather strap does look pretty good.
Now this is nowhere CLOSE to the most expensive watch I have owned. I wore a Rolex, with diamonds on its face, for 26-years. This watch is 1/4 the price of the Rolex.
Garmin has tried to make it upmarket. The box it comes in is HUGE and weights a ‘ton’. The dark gray plastic box (which feels metalish) is about the same size — and looks just like — a 6V lawn mower battery. Garmin is trying to compete with the packaging of high end watches and I am not sure whether they truly succeeded. 15-years ago, I sold my EMPTY Rolex box, since I had no use for it, on eBay for $98! Doubt whether I could get $22 for the empty MARQ box.
Though the straps are 22mm Quick-Fit the black plastic strap they include in the box has ‘larger’ (nicer) wrap-around ends over the Quick-Fit mechanism.
All the screens have been jazzed up and are much more appealing though it is still the same old TIRED display from the original Fenix 5. That is definitely a negative.
It has this ‘Body Battery’ feature, oxygen saturation and fall-detection. I haven’t worn it for long enough to determine if the ‘Body Battery’ or oxygen saturation is for I. For an old guy my oxygen saturation, at 96%+, is adequate.
So, this is my first cut review/impression.
I am GLAD I got it, the WAY I did.
I will keep you posted.
by Anura Guruge