Garmin D2 Pilot Watch
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- Has Direct-to and Nearest buttons that use a worldwide airport database
- Altimeter with adjustable baro setting and compass
- Displays multiple time zones with Zulu/UTC reference
- Various timers and vibrating alerts for inflight task reminders
- Wirelessly receives flight plan from Garmin Pilot and controls VIRB
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- Size (LWH): 1.93 inches, 0.67 inches, 1.93 inches
- Weight: 2.88 ounces
The D2 is a pilot watch designed to be as sophisticated in style as it is in function. It’s the first pilot watch to help you in-flight, boasting a high-sensitivity WAAS GPS receiver, altimeter with adjustable baro setting, and 3-axis compass. It has a domed lens to make the screen easy to read in direct sunlight, and a brilliant orange backlight for night flights.
Top Customer Reviews
1. This watch is about the same size as all my friends Suunto watches. It might be a little taller, but does not have the external GPS sensor. As far as weight is concerned it weighs less than my Citizens Eco Drive Blackhawk watch and as long as you can lift you arms above you head... you should be fine.
2. This watch has SO many profiles! It can be used for running, biking, sailing, mountaineering, hiking, geocaching, cycling, fishing or create you own profile. All this in addition to the flight profile.
3. The watch has a vibration function. This is great for working out without making a bunch of noise in the gym while you have in headphones. After a set amount of time it will vibrate instead of beep to let you know the interval. You can set the parameters. This also goes for hiking, running, or altitude, distance, waypoint etc in flight. If I can feel it in a blackhawk.... trust me you will too in whatever you fly.
4. Battery life is very respectable even under heavy use. I go through about 6% per hour with all functions turned on in flight.
5. This GPS is as accurate as the navigation equipment in my Blackhawk. Seriously it was EXACTLY the same as my onboard GPS. This was in a radar dense environment and without WAAS turned on. Distance, Heading and speed were exactly like I was seeing in the cockpit.
6. Screen is not bad. I love orange so the color is great. I guess resolution could be better but come on it is a watch. Some people said they could not do military time on this watch. That is incorrect. It is deep in the settings but more on that later under the time setting scroll down to format.
7. The airport database is great! It even has my military airports stored in it overseas! How great is that. The back up moving map is great too while flying 2 miles off of extremely hostel borders. Just in case.
1. I replaced the leather band with one from the Felix off of Amazon. I wanted to use the watch for working out and leather would not work. Don't get me wrong it is nice quality, but not for me. I think Garmin should give both styles for free at this price point, but it was only a $12 part.
2. When you are using a profile the menu's are all different. Under one profile you can see GPS Data, but under the other it is in a different location.
3. Better user manual. I am still trying to figure this thing out and I am 29 and make a living off of troubleshooting complex aviation systems and reading electrical diagrams. Not that it is to complex, it is just that you can do so much it is hard to find it all in day to day use.
Those are just some of my observations. I am not sure why people are dissing this device. It does a great job at doing what I bought it for. Thanks Garmin. Keep the updates coming for it too! Hope this helps.
Pluses: There are so many functions hidden inside the menus of this watch, and not just for Aviation, .. Mountaineering, Hiking, ect... Also synches to Garmin Pilot App. In GPS mode I like the NRST function, where with 1 button; you can find the nearest airports.
Minuses: Bulky: The biggest one for me, is the bulk of this watch. After a few weeks of constant wear; my wrist and hand actually hurt and a knot started to develop. I stopped wearing it, and this went away. This is NOT a watch for everyday wear (and I'm actually back to my Gshock for that). I still like to keep the watch with me, so I made a clip (I think there is actually a clip Garmin Sells), and now clip it to my belt loop and keep it in my pocket.
GPS Satellites don't pick up if you wear on your wrist in cockpit: Maybe because I fly a Biz Jet, but I never saw the GPS work while on my wrist in the cockpit. Perhaps if you fly a C-172 or Helicopter, it's different. Also I fly overseas and I think it must pick up satellite coverage in the USA better than other places.
My solution actually found itself from my comments about the bulk of the watch and taking it off my wrist. I now keep it on the wind screen of the plane I fly and it picks up Satellites fine. I reference it for nearest airports a lot and also for direct to my destination airport. I'm trying to get it to work with the Garmin Pilot App, but waiting for international coverage to open up for that.
Overall for the money you are not going to find an Aviation GPS watch with as many functions as this watch. I wouldn't make it your everyday watch, but for fly days it'll work.
Garmin is good about updating the software on the watch. I wish they would include some of the profile functions of the Fenix so I could use Basecamp with this watch. I'd like to be able to synch to the Basecamp ipad App with the D2.
I have been using this watch for a few weeks now and have a decent amount of flights, both local and international, using it where I feel I can write a decent review.
Looks good and not as big as some other reviews made it sound. Functions are fairly easy to figure out. The altitude and flight plans in a fixed wing are fairly accurate. The ability to set vibration/audio alerts for preset time intervals and altitude alerts is great. The Bluetooth connectivity works great paired with my iPhone whether it be receiving emails, texts or sending flight plans from the Garmin App.
Don't leave home without the charger. I cannot make it through 12 hrs (not using the GPS) without recharging which sucks for 24hr minimum shifts. GPS cuts the battery substantially. On rotor, it's hit or miss. Sometimes you have a believable altitude and tracking. Others not so much. Being on rotor does confuse the GPS pretty frequently. As stated in prior reviews, temp is off about 10 degrees due to body temp(not really a con but a slight annoyance). The GPS looses signal quite frequently when not directly in a window of the aircraft.
Keeping in mind this is a wrist watch. It's not a substitute for actual avionics. For what it is and what I use it for, I am very happy with the purchase and would recommend it to any of my peers.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It has a lot of functions(not just aviation)
You can use it in the...Read more