The Garmin MARQ and Garmin Fenix 6 were easily some of the biggest and most highly anticipated smartwatch releases of last year and they quickly proved themselves to be two of the most innovative wearables released by Garmin so far. But one question we have received a lot over the past year is: what is the difference between the Garmin MARQ and the Garmin Fenix 6? Are they worth the expense and which model is best suited to me?
Before we delve into the exact specifications of each model, it’s important to understand who the Garmin MARQ and Garmin Fenix 6 are tailored towards. The Garmin MARQ was unveiled earlier last year to fill the gap for luxury watch wearers who wanted a wearable built from only the highest quality materials alongside the necessity of cutting-edge smartwatch functionality. Officially the most expensive smartwatch to ever be released by Garmin, the MARQ is certainly aimed towards those who appreciate the finer things in life. To make things a touch more complicated, there are six different Garmin MARQ smartwatches to choose from, each tailored to their own specific wearer. First is the MARQ Athlete for the sportsman, then the MARQ Adventurer for adventurers, the MARQ Captain for boating enthusiasts, the MARQ Aviator for pilots, the MARQ Driver for motorists and finally the MARQ Commander for military personnel or those inspired by them.
Whereas each Garmin MARQ smartwatch is focused on specific individuals and their needs, the Garmin Fenix 6 is more of a jack-of-all-trades, offering a vast selection of functions to master all environments. But as usual, there are more than one Garmin Fenix 6 to choose from with different case sizes, glass types and movements. The Garmin Fenix 6X Pro Solar is one of the most distinctive models from the collection for its magnificent solar powered dial which uses sunlight to extend battery life up to 24 days. We have tried our best in the table below to compare all the key Garmin MARQ and Garmin Fenix 6 models in detail so you can find the best design suited to your needs and budget!
|Garmin MARQ Athlete||Garmin MARQ Captain||Garmin MARQ Commander||Garmin MARQ Driver||Garmin MARQ Aviator||Garmin MARQ Adventurer||Garmin Fenix 6||Garmin Fenix 6S||Garmin Fenix 6X Pro Solar|
|Case Size & Material||46mm Titanium||46mm Titanium||46mm DLC Titanium||46mm DLC Titanium||46mm Titanium||46mm Titanium||47mm Fibre-reinforced polymer||42mm Fibre-reinforced polymer||51mm Fibre-reinforced polymer|
|Water Resistance||100 metres||100 metres||100 metres||100 metres||100 metres||100 metres||100 metres||100 metres||100 metres|
|Battery Life||Up to 12 days||Up to 12 days||Up to 12 days||Up to 12 days||Up to 12 days||Up to 12 days||Up to 14 days||Up to 9 days||Up to 24 days|
|Screen protection||Sapphire crystal||Sapphire crystal||Sapphire crystal||Sapphire crystal||Sapphire crystal||Sapphire crystal||Corning Gorilla||Corning Gorilla||Power Glass|
|Screen resolution||240×240||240×240||240×240||240×240||240×240||240×240||260 x 260||240×240||280×280|
|GPS, GLONASS & Galileo||✅||✅||✅||✅||✅||✅||✅||✅||✅|
|Wrist Heart Rate Monitor||✅||✅||✅||✅||✅||✅||✅||✅||✅|
|Battery Saver Mode||✅||✅||✅||✅||✅||✅||✅||✅||✅|
|Plays and controls music||✅||✅||✅||✅||✅||✅||❌||❌||✅|
|Storage for up to 2,000 songs||✅||✅||✅||✅||✅||✅||❌||❌||✅|
|Body Battery Energy Monitor||✅||✅||✅||✅||✅||✅||✅||✅||✅|
|All-Day Stress Tracking||✅||✅||✅||✅||✅||✅||✅||✅||✅|
|Advanced Training Features||✅||❌||❌||❌||❌||❌||❌||❌||❌|
|Advanced Expedition Apps||❌||❌||❌||❌||❌||✅||❌||❌||❌|
|Advanced Boating Features||❌||✅||❌||❌||❌||❌||❌||❌||❌|
|Advanced Tactical Training Features||❌||❌||✅||❌||❌||❌||❌||❌||❌|
|Advanced Motorsport Features||❌||❌||❌||✅||❌||❌||❌||❌||❌|
|Advanced Aviation Features||❌||❌||❌||❌||✅||❌||❌||❌||❌|