Garmin D2 Bravo Aviation Watch
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- High Quality Materials for a Luxury Look and Feel
- Smart Phone Connectivity and Alerting Capability
- Highly accurate altimeter with an adjustable barometric setting, compass with an HSI and moving map display
- heart rate monitoring only on D2 Bravo Titanium .
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From the manufacturer
First, Garmin invented wrist-worn portable navigation. Now, with the D2 Bravo series pilot watches, we’ve transformed the aviator watch by introducing exclusive features and stylish looks tailored to enthusiasts and pilots alike. With the D2 Bravo series, we’ve merged functionality and sophistication to create a pragmatic timepiece for the cockpit that also transitions easily to your everyday activities.
Luxury and Performance Combine in Evolved GPS Pilot Watch
- Thinner, lighter, more evolved GPS pilot watch with band and bezel options and customizable face art to match your style
- Features METAR and TAF screens for the latest aviation weather information at a glance
- Dedicated Direct-to and Nearest buttons enabled by a worldwide airport database
- Baro-adjustable altimeter, HSI, Zulu/UTC time reference, various timers and alerts plus wireless control for VIRB action cameras
Every pilot needs a backup plan. And the D2 Bravo series is a smart choice. Each of these watches boasts a high-sensitivity GPS receiver, altimeter with adjustable baro setting and a 3-axis compass with HSI course indication.
Fly Direct-to or Nearest With Ease
Using its built-in worldwide airport database, the D2 Bravo series lets you access either of our signature Direct-to and Nearest routing functions by simply pressing dedicated buttons.
With free downloads from our Connect IQ store, you can add watch faces, data fields and get apps and widgets that provide additional lifestyle information at a glance.
Stay Active Away from the Airport
A D2 Bravo series watch doesn’t just enhance your flying, it enhances your life. It boasts multisport activity profiles, including golf, running, biking, swimming, rowing, hiking, skiing and more.
|D2||fēnix 3||D2 Bravo||D2 Bravo Titanium|
|Battery Life||Up to 5 weeks in watch mode||Up to 6 weeks in watch mode||Up to 6 weeks in watch mode||Up to 2 weeks in watch mode (with 24/7 HR monitoring)|
|GPS/GLONASS||GPS (No GLONASS)||✓||✓||✓|
|Altimeter, Barometer, Compass||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Activity & Sleep Tracking||✓||✓||✓|
|Running Physiological Measurements||✓||✓||✓|
|Wrist Heart Rate||✓|
|Worldwide airport database(s)||✓||✓|
The Garmin D2 Bravo, a next generation aviator watch combines practical functionality and sophisticated design to bring pilots and aviation enthusiasts a premium GPS watch. D2 Bravo incorporates Garmin’s signature direct-to and nearest airport navigation features complete with a worldwide aviation navigation database. New and exclusive benefits such as altitude alerts including preset alerts for altitudes requiring supplemental oxygen, as well as easy access to current aviation weather information, set D2 Bravo apart from other pilot watches on the market. In addition to in-flight functionality, D2 Bravo incorporates versatile activity tracking features and multi-sport functions while supporting Smartphone connectivity. With uncompromising details such as a stainless steel bezel and domed sapphire lens, D2 Bravo combines GPS and wearable technology that Garmin is known for and offers a sophisticated new form factor suitable for pilots and aviation enthusiasts alike.
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I am a private pilot and I had flown rather extensively with the D2 and I have learnt to appreciate and trust this compact gadget that is strapped around my wrist, programmed to provide me with instantaneous navigational information in situations when I can’t read the on-board Garmin GPSMap 496 (e.g. direct sunlight that washed-out the screen).
Having read all the hype about D2 Bravo, I ordered a piece from Amazon and received it a week ago. I am still testing out the D2 Bravo to garner enough confidence before I would trust it in aviation navigation (even as a back-up).
In a nutshell, the D2 Bravo is a huge disappointment . The most glaring short-comings are now listed. These are functions that are present in the D2 but sadly, missing from the D2 Bravo.
1) Programming flight routes
The troubles began right-out-of-the-box. Being outside the US, I am unable to utilize Garmin Pilot app to program my flight routes. With D2, you can directly program the coordinates as a waypoint with the watch. You can even program an entirely new flight plan with the D2 itself, so long you know the coordinates of the waypoints.
In the case of D2 Bravo, the flight route is programmed via Garmin BaseCamp and copied into the watch. This makes any additional of waypoints in a flight route impossible without a computer. Pilots do not necessarily always fly with a laptop and any last-minute addition of waypoint(s) is now impossible.
For those familiar with the old D2, "Flight Plan" is now gone, replaced by "Courses". This is an aviation watch for goodness sake, not a F1 racing watch.
This is where D2 Bravo failed. Miserably.
For some unknown reasons, the data field in the D2 Bravo is unable to display the names of a programmed waypoint. Only dashes appeared in the form of “_ _ _ _” under the Dest Name field. This field displayed only the ICAO code of an aerodrome. You will never know which waypoint the D2 Bravo is navigating to in a flight route, except by guessing from the Bearing to the waypoint (if you have that displayed that is).
Gone were the ETE, ETA, Distance-to to a waypoint. In a navigation route, the ETE, ETA, Distance-to were all to the Destination, regardless of the waypoint that you may be flying towards. This is not helpful in positional reports to ATC at all. Granted, the Distance-to is displayed in the HSI, but having to switch screens all the time from the essential information page is unacceptable.
The skipping of any single waypoint in the programmed flight route is no longer possible as that function is now missing too. This is highly undesirable as there are a myriad of reasons why pilots may need to skip a certain waypoint whilst in flight – from weather avoidance to ATC instruction.
The additional of the Alert alarm is much welcomed, but not without shortcoming too. I’ve programmed my Alert at 30 minutes interval to switch tanks. On the mark, the watch vibrated for about one second with the programmed text (“Switch Tank” in my case), before returning to the previous screen. The alert does not stay on and neither were there any reminder. Should the pilot be engaged with any other activities at that moment, like maneuvering or communicating, he may well miss the alert. It will be good if the alert can stay on until an acknowledgement key-press.
Luckily, readability is not an issue even under direct sunlight. However, you may have difficulties in reading without the backlight at dim lighting condition, like dawn/dusk situation where there is insufficient ambient lights for screen-reading. Battery-life of the D2 Bravo is impressive.
In my opinion, the D2 Bravo is currently over-stated as a “pilot’s watch”, much less as a back-up navigation tool even for a VFR pilot like I am. As it is now, certain mobile apps are performing better with the right mobile equipment (which is priced almost similarly as the D2 Bravo).
Like a piece of raw-diamond, I will not recommend this watch to any pilots until further software updates to better refine the D2 Bravo (other than those “pilots” who wanted an expensive show-piece that measures health-related activities better than aviation navigation).
Personally, I will stick to my old trusty D2 for now.
For the last few months I’ve been on the hunt for a decent aviation watch. Originally had my sights on a Hamilton UTC Navy as most of my watches are automatics but then stumbled across the D2. Reviews on Amazon varied from meh to just awful. Seemed though the more recent reviews gave the watch higher marks which seemed to be an indication that Garmin was at least listening and posting updates with decent frequency. At any rate I pulled the trigger and (4) days later it was on my wrist, ready for action.
Fit and finish:
I was very much expecting a tool GPS watch without a lot of polish in form and fit but was really surprised at how well the watch is assembled and how good it actually looks. The watch arrived with (2) straps, the leather in the pics and black rubber, (for that special ops look!). I’m really digging the vintage look so keeping it on the leather for now. The case (according to the watch back) is made from “fiber-reinforced polymer” and carries a 100 meter water resistance rating. Personally I won’t be swimming with this bad boy but it’s good to know it can handle a bit of splash. At 51 mm diameter and 16 mm thick the watch is quite large but at 152 grams weighs almost nothing compared to it’s large size. Below is a picture sitting between my Omega Planet Ocean and my Seiko SDGM003. The PO is 45.5 mm while the Seiko is 40.5 mm. The D2 actually weighs about the same as the smaller watch. On the wrist is super comfy and not as noticeable wearing as you might think.
If you browse the reviews of this watch online you’ll see many complaints regarding the loss of base map graphics on the display while navigating which was a core feature on the old D2. Personally I wouldn’t use this watch as a sole navigation so don’t really miss the maps but will admit it would be nice to at least have class B, C, and D airspace boundaries displayed. The watch does most of the snazzy things the Apple watch does; alerts, text message viewing, music, etc, (though no Dick Tracy style phone answering, if you’re into that sort of thing), but as I mentioned I purchased it for its flight functions which for me work well. Pulling up METAR’s and TAF’s are quick and reliable with the closest airport making the top of the list. The “Direct to” function worked quite easily and matched almost exactly with the Garmin 430 mounted in the Cessna 172 trainer I was flying. As I mentioned, I wouldn’t be using this as a sole navigation item but it’s good to know if things get dicey on a power failure you have a very good backup which is never a bad thing. The apps and widgets available from the online “Connect IQ” app are easy to find and install and have a few nice gadgets geared towards pilots. So far battery life has been quite good at 3+ days and still over 60%. Another cool feature is the watch senses an elevation change greater than 500 ft/minute and automatically turns on flight mode and records your flight. Once on the ground it turns off and stores your flight path with elevation and ground speed trends. Basically this is a tuned down version of ForeFlight on your wrist.
As I mentioned not the end all in pilot gear but still a cool looking backup and feature rich piece of horology. Will be a keeper for me for sure.
In flight the watch works OK - would be nice if it interfaced to the Garmin G1000 instrument system but probably too much to ask. Altimeter works well although you set it by reference to a known altitude rather than a barometer setting. Temperature sensor is impractical - needs to be off your wrist for 20 minutes before it is accurate. GPS works well and finds position quickly. The "direct to" and "nrst" navigation functions are good and potentially useful if other instruments failed.
The airport database needs to be updated regularly and, if I understand things correctly, this requires a $25/year subscription with Garmin. Not expensive in the context of aviation, but an irritant given the base data is freely available.
I really wanted to like this watch but I think, in reality, it will rarely leave my flight bag.