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Do I Get Rid Of My Garmin ‘MARQ Expedition’ & Get A New Garmin Fenix 6 Pro Sapphire?

by Anura Guruge


Click to ENLARGE. From garmin.com.


My Garmin ‘MARQ Expedition’ that I got in May 2019.


I have known that the Garmin Fenix 6 Series was going to be introduced on August 29, 2019, for a few weeks now. I knew it was going to have a larger (i.e., 1.3″ (& 1.4″ on ‘X’)) display than the MARQ or Fenix 5. But, until today I had not, alas, seen all the specs.

Do I need a Fenix 6? No.

Do I want a Fenix 6? Probably.

Why? Because I like to have the latest and greatest (though in this case the MARQ, with its pretty neat titanium body, is still probably the greatest).

OK. Time for full disclosure. I am SUPPOSED to get a Fenix 6 so I can evaluate it and write some reviews. That would be nice. But, that is not a given as yet.

To be honest, only one feature tickles me — right now. And that is SOLAR. But, that is not going to work on two fronts. I have always stayed clear of the ‘X’ models. I have small (‘girlie’) wrists! The ‘X’ would overwhelm it and make me look stupid (or stupider). The 47mm size, as you can see above, fits perfectly. So, the ‘X’ is out. For now that rules out Solar. Plus, I live in New Hampshire and most of my running/walking/hiking is done under tall trees. So, it is either winter when the Sun is not that high in the sky or it is not winter and the trees block most of the sunshine.

At 66 (next week) I don’t need any of the fany performance-related features. I just need time, distance, pace, HR. At my age you are just glad you still have a pulse.

I am pretty sure that all of the software features on the Fenix 6, including power management, will be available on the MARQ, Fenix 5 Plus and Forerunner 945 by November. I will try and get that confirmed.

So, that is where I sit.

I doubt whether I will get rid of my MARQ.

But, I probably will try and get a Fenix 6 as well. SMILE. Evaluating and writing detailed reviews has its benefits.

So, stay tuned.


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by Anura Guruge

I Am Getting A Garmin Fenix 5, Rather Than Garmin Forerunner 935 (or 645), To Replace The Fitbit Ionic.

by Anura Guruge



So, yesterday, which was EXACTLY the 3-month anniversary of me strapping it to my wrist, I parted company with the Fitbit Ionic. I really, really resented and hated that watch! I never realized that I could harbor that much animosity towards an inanimate object. I am very proud of myself that I did not destroy it and instead handed it over to Teischan, in immaculate condition, with not even a mark on it!

I was, as some of you know, going to get the newly released Garmin Forerunner 645. But, as with the Garmin Vivoactive 3, Garmin had released it half-baked. It was not as yet ready for prime time. There were just too many problems with it. And the last thing I wanted was another unreliable Garmin.’

So, I was going to get the Forerunner 945. That was PERFECT for my needs. Rugged, tested and function-rich.

But, then last Thursday night — given that I monitor prices, reviews and feedback on select watches incessantly — I noticed that Garmin Fenix prices, on the GLASS models, were coming down DRASTICALLY.

Over the weekend the Fenix 5 (Glass) prices were the same as that of the Forerunner 945.

There used to be two negatives against the Fenix 5. It was expensive and BIG.

Now the first was GONE. Miraculously. WOW!

It was, however, still BIG and HEAVY. The Forerunner 945 is the Fenix 5 in a lighter, all-plastic case.

But, my business-acumen insisted that I would be STUPID not to get the Fenix 5, despite its size/weight, because it a SUPERIOR WATCH which HOLDS it price.

So, price being equal (before an additional discount I was due because I have been such a good customer), I ordered a Fenix 5 — of course, black-on-black (as with my Vivoactive 3).

So, now you know.

A NEW Fenix must be imminent. Hence, the drop in prices — for the glass models. I am ‘OK’ not getting the sapphire, though the Wi-Fi would have been nice.

Final kicker: Teischan, on a blind-test, said the Fenix looked better.

I just HOPE it is not too heavy. But, I will NOT return it just on the size/weight. That will be a cross I will bear.


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The World’s Largest Blue Sapphire, “Star Of Adam”, 1,404 K ($100 M), Discovered In Sri Lanka.

by Anura Guruge


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From Reuters. Click to ENLARGE and read short extract here. Use link below to access Reuters original.

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I have always considered, biased as I will admit to being, that the ‘Blue Sapphire‘ (especially if it displays a star) is the world’s most beautiful gemstone and that Sri Lanka is the home to the world’s best, bluest, brightest and biggest blue sapphires. Growing up in Ceylon, 50 years ago, I saw lots of blue sapphires. Alas and alack we don’t have many anymore. I got Deanna a small stone when we got married 13 years ago, but I am not sure whether she wears it that often. That is the only blue sapphire we now possess. 18 years ago I was give a $3,000 pair of blue sapphire cufflinks — but I gave them back.

This is good for Sri Lanka. Somebody is going to be an even richer gem mine owner. 


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by Anura Guruge