Garmin has announced the tactix, a GPS watch “inspired by the requirements of Law Enforcement and Police Special Operations.” The ABC watch features an altimeter, barometer and triaxial compass, is waterproof to 50 meters and can run up to 50 hours in UltraTrac mode on a single charge (16 hours in full GPS mode).
It’s hard not to dub the tactix a SWATwatch:
It comes preloaded with tide data (U.S. units only) and Jumpmaster software, which could prove invaluable for amphibious and airborne operations. It has a stealth, matte black design with a curved lens and green backlight, so it won’t flare out with night vision devices or compromise the user’s position.
Designed for hands free use, it seems to be targeted towards both military and civilian personnel, including police and search and rescue. The tactix is both ruggedized and stealthy:
It combines a strong housing with a forged stainless steel rear case to survive shock and impact, and has a scratch-resistant, curved mineral glass lens that reduces “hot spots” from sun reflections. tactix features a large LCD display with a negative mode liquid crystal display for low light conditions.
The watch can display several time zones simultaneously, including military and zulu time. Similarly, it can display two position coordinate formats at once, so users can view their current location in multiple formats, such as latitude/longitude and MGRS (military grid reference system).
The tactix offers both ANT+ and Bluetooth capabilities for wireless data sharing and compatibility with a wide range of sensors, and can be used as a remote control for the new Garmin VIRB action camera. It is slated to be available this fall at an MSRP of $449.99. UPDATE: Here’s the full news release.