The Other D2: Garmin’s New Does-It-All Pilot Watch

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While Dynon was busy rolling out its D2 Pocket Panel gadget, Garmin showed up at AOPA Summit in Fort Worth, Texas with its own gadget, coincidentally also called D2. But Garmins version is a combination pilot watch and navigator with features reminiscent of the companys early portable GPS models. (The GPSmap 90 comes to mind.)

The watch has a range of high-level features including a rudimentary GPS moving map, a built-in altimeter with alerting, multiple timers and a three-axis compass with an HSI display. Although its not intended as a divers watch, the D2 is waterproof down to 3 meters and has a spiffy orange backlighting scheme. It also has wireless functionality with Garmins new VIRB video camera.

In todays video coverage of AOPA Summit, Garmins Dan Lind demonstrates some of the watchs top features. The D2 is expected to be available in November for a price of $449.