Garmin MARQ vs MARQ 2 Smartwatch: What’s the difference?

Last week, the Garmin MARQ 2 smartwatch was unveiled and as with any second generation launch, people are wanting to know exactly what has changed. To help you navigate your way through the vast list of features found on the Garmin MARQ 2, we’ve created this handy guide that details all the new traits plus a full list of specifications breaking down each of the models including the MARQ 2 Athlete, MARQ 2 Aviator, MARQ 2 Captain, MARQ 2 Adventurer and the MARQ 2 Golfer.  Let’s get into it and find out what’s new for the Garmin MARQ 2 smartwatch

AMOLED Touchscreen Display

One of the biggest headlines for the new Garmin MARQ 2 smartwatch is the introduction of a full-colour, high-resolution AMOLED touchscreen display. Recently included on the Garmin EPIX 2, the AMOLED screen replaces the typical MIP (sunlight-visible, transflective memory-in-pixel) display offering a significantly crisper, brighter and thus readable screen. The display is still protected by domed sapphire crystal glass and promises a pixel resolution of 390 x 390 pixels.

Increased Battery Life

Typically, with an AMOLED smartwatch, you’ll find that the battery life feels pretty half-hearted purely because the brightly lit display takes up a lot of charge. So, once we learned that the Garmin MARQ 2 was boasting one of the very same, we instantly assumed the battery life was going to have taken a hit. We we’re wrong. Instead, Garmin have increased the MARQ 2’s battery life from 12 days in smartwatch mode to 16 days. You’ll also get up to 21 days in Battery Saver Watch Mode, 75 hours in Max Battery GPS and up to 14 days in Expedition GPS mode.

Jet Lag Advisor

Another notable new feature for the Garmin MARQ 2 smartwatch is the Jet Lag Advisor. This clever app provides recommendations for catching you up to your new time zone, looking at your sleep history and analysing factors like your hydration intake, caffeine intake and exercise. It will recommend a new sleep schedule around your travel and even suggest ideal levels of light exposure and recommend caffeine intakes and nutrition.

Multi-GNSS with SatIQ™ Technology

Those wondering exactly where the improved battery life has come from on the new Garmin MARQ 2 watch, much of it is justified by Garmin’s new SatIQ™ technology. It works alongside the multi-GNSS satellite systems to guarantee the best positioning accuracy in any environment. Garmin also asserts this improves the battery life of each Garmin MARQ 2 smartwatch so using GPS and other navigational tools drains the battery less than before.

Preloaded TopoActive Maps with NextFork™

Lastly, a nice addition for hikers, Garmin MARQ 2 smartwatches now come with preloaded TopoActive maps so you don’t have to manually download them over Wi-Fi – although you can download more if you should wish. The maps are also now paired with a new technology Garmin calls NextFork™. This feature aims to help you navigate hiking trails easier than before, letting you see beyond the next turn.

Garmin MARQ vs MARQ 2: A Full Breakdown

The Garmin MARQ 2 offers much of the same core features as the original device, alongside the new features above and several others. In the table below, we have outlined everything that’s different between second-generation model and its predecessor to help you see a clear difference in the upgrade. So again, please note that the features listed below are only what’s new for the Garmin MARQ 2 and there are a number of additional features included. To see these, visit the Jura Watches website here.

 Garmin MARQGarmin MARQ 2
Case Size & Material46mm x 14.mm Titanium46mm x 15mm Titanium (Grade 5)
Display TypeSunlight-visible, transflective memory-in-pixel (MIPAMOLED (always-on)
Display Resolution240 x 240 pixels390 x 390 pixels
Screen resolution240×240240×240
Battery LifeSmartwatch mode: 12 days
GPS mode: 28 hours
Smartwatch mode: 16 days
GPS mode: 42 hours
Pulse Ox Blood Oxygen Saturation✅plus spot check and optional all-day acclimation and in sleep.
Relaxation Reminders
Health Snapshot
Multi-frequency Positioning
SatIQ Technology
Ambient Light Sensor
Jet Lag Advisor
On-Device Connect IQ Store
Realtime settings sync with Garmin Connect™ mobile
Pairs with Garmin Golf app
Incident detection alert on phone for wearables
Available gym activity profilesStrength, cardio and elliptical training, stair stepping, floor climbing, indoor rowing and yogaStrength, HIIT, Cardio and Elliptical Training, Stair Stepping, Floor Climbing, Indoor Rowing, Breathwork, Pilates, Yoga
HIIT workouts
On-screen workout muscle maps
Race glance/widget
Training readiness
Improved interval (includes open repeats, intervals data page, rest screen and auto detection)
HRM running pace and distance
Rest timer
VO2 Max (Trail Run)
Realtime stamina
Grade-adjusted pace
Touch-targeting (touch target on display to see the distance to any point)
Handicap scoring
Automatic club tracking compatible (requires accessory)
Wind speed and direction (requires connection to the golf app)
Virtual caddie
Tournament legal
Green Contours (with Garmin Golf membership)
Available outdoor recreation profilesHiking, climbing, mountain biking, skiing, snowboarding, XC skiing, stand-up paddleboarding, rowing, kayaking, Jumpmaster, tacticalHiking, Indoor Climbing, Climbing, Bouldering, Mountain Biking, Skiing, Snowboarding, XC Classic Skiing, Stand Up Paddleboarding, Rowing, Kayaking, Surfing, Kiteboarding, Windsurfing, Snowshoeing, Horseback Riding, Jumpmaster, Tennis, Tactical
Up Ahead
NextFork™ navigation
Expedition GPS Activity
Available cycling profilesBiking, indoor biking, mountain biking, triathlon
Biking, Road Biking, Indoor Biking, Mountain Biking, Gravel Biking, Bike Commuting, Bike Touring, eBiking, eMountain Biking, Cyclocross, Triathlon