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The Rise of GARMIN and its Multisport GPS watches

April 14, 2021 3 min read

The Rise of GARMIN and its Multisport GPS watches

Gary Burrell & Min Kao Co-Founders of Garmin (Photo Credit)

Garmin is a successful multinational technology company. The brand develops a large range of products in various fields. Garmin is involved with the aviation, marine, automotive, fitness and outdoor industries. Gary Purrell recruited Min H Hao from a defense contractor 'Magnavox' and together, they started 'Garmin' together in 1989. The company's initial name was 'Pronav'. First successful contract that kickoff Garmin with was a GPS unit and and handheld navigational tools for 2500.00(approximately), to the US Military in 1991. The company expanded its reach and introduced its first automotive product in 1997 with the launch of the GPS III.


GARMIN GPSIII (Photo Credit)

Garmin was one of the leading developers of GPS devices in the world. Since then, the company continue to expand and grow, which led the company into producing GPS watches. Garmin watches were ideally use for outdoor purposes, explorers, mountaineers, deep sea divers and fitness fanatics.

Garmin forerunner 101

GARMIN Forerunner 101 (Photo Credit)

Around 2003, Garmin has focused considerably on running equipment and the art of syncing its timekeeping devices with a tool watch that can be used for lifestyle and fitness, with its line of multisport smartwatches.


From Left : GARMIN Vivofit, GARMIN Vivosmart, GARMIN Vivoactive


Garmin Venu Round with OLED Display and Venu SQ watches

Top : Garmin Venu Round with fantastic AMOLED screen; bottom : Garmin Venu SQ watches

Garmin Approach_Garmin Tactix

Left : GARMIN Approach - a Golf GPS Watch; Right : GARMIN Tactix - with rugged design and tactical-specific features


GARMIN Forerunner 745

Garmin Smartwatches can be worn while doing all sorts of sporting activities: swimming, running, athletic training, golfing, hiking, cycling, and many other uses. By monitoring heart rate, calories burnt and performance, wearers can track their progress and personal bests with one compact device.


From left : GARMIN Fenix 6S, GARMIN Fenix 6X, GARMIN Fenix 6

Although most of Garmin's revenue came from GPS devices that was built in for cars, however, in 2007, Apple had introduced a little device called the iPhone. Paired with the free Google Maps navigation app, the smartphone eliminated the need for a separate device. Because of this, Garmin took a different route towards Low-priced integrated chips, which combine a processor, memory and connectivity, had suddenly made small, sensor-laden gadgets.

Garmin MARQ Collection Luxury Modern Tool Watches

GARMIN MARQ is a luxury modern tool watch collection with smart features

With the number of different models of Garmin watches available today, we can help you narrow down your choices by discussing a few of the more popular models that you may find may best suit your style.


Part of the Garmin watch Collections

  • Garmin Vivofit - Wrist-worn pedometer
  • Garmin Vivosmart - Activity Tracking
  • Garmin Vivoactive - Ultra-thin GPS smartwatch with Built-in sports apps
  • Garmin Venu - a GPS smartwatch built for the active lifestyle
  • Garmin Approach - Lightweight GPS Golf Watch
  • Garmin Tactix - Ruggedly Built to Military Standards
  • Garmin Forerunner - Running focused smartwatches
  • Garmin Fenix - Multisport fitness watch with GPS, wrist-based heart rate, Pulse Ox, V02 Max
  • Garmin Marq - A luxury modern tool watch : Driver, Aviator, Captain, Commander, Athlete and Adventurer

    Written by Sam , photo credit - Garmin



    Continue to read the Whole GARMIN Reading Series

    • Part 1 - The Rise of GARMIN and its Multisport GPS watches
    • Part 2 - Which Smartwatch Is For You? Garmin? Apple watch?
    • Part 3 - Why Garmin Fenix 6 watch bands make the Difference
    • Part 4 - Garmin MARQ - an Undeniably Stylish Sporty Smartwatch
    • Part 5 - Garmin MARQ Captain Vs. Garmin Fenix, Two Astonishing Smartwatches
    • Part 6 - Garmin Epix Gen 2 Review: The Smart Watch Carrying on the Baton of Excellence

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