Garmin has added a new unusual sports watch to its lineup. This time it’s the Garmin Instinct Crossover starting at $499.99 ($549.99 for the Solar version and $599 for the Tactical), which combines a multi-sport GPS watch with an analog dial. It seems that the model is designed for users who want to see a more classic design on their wrist and not focus only on smart functions.
The design of the model is made in the Casio G-Shock style with a polymer case with reinforced fibers, 45×45 mm in size and 16.2 mm thick. The weight of the watch reaches 65 grams with a 22 mm silicone strap.
The Garmin Instinct Crossover has a rather massive bezel, but the most interesting thing is the hybrid dial that combines analog hands and an electronic display. In fact, the monochrome transflective screen in the model is divided into two 0.9-inch blocks, which together have a resolution of 176×176 dots. This is a feature of using analog arrows. If the user needs to see some information on the display, such as a notification, the hands automatically shuffle at 9:15 to become horizontal and reveal the top and bottom of the screen, the same two halves.
The watch’s hands themselves are covered in a luminescent material and glow in the dark, and are equipped with a RevoDrive mechanism that automatically adjusts them to the selected time and will calibrate if the Instinct Crossover takes a hard hit. Although the watch case looks pretty sturdy and is 10ATM water resistant, as well as “heat resistant and shock resistant”, according to Garmin.
As with the company’s other sports watches, the Instinct Crossover offers a wide range of health and fitness tracking features, including training status, workload, heart rate and recovery time.
The watch has support for GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO navigation systems, which make it possible to record the route during sports. There are no built-in maps in this model, it has only 64 MB of memory, but thanks to the compass, the Instinct Crossover can guide the user to the point from which they started their route.
Despite the limited amount of built-in memory, the watch supports the Connect IQ app store and allows you to pay via Garmin Pay.
The battery life of Garmin Instinct Crossover is declared at the level of 28 days for the regular version and up to 70 days for Solar with a solar panel built into the screen. With GPS on all the time, for example during an ultramarathon, you can use the watch for a total of 25 hours for the regular version and 31 hours for the Solar.