This offers a bit more than the best running watches. There’s nothing scarier, to a pilot, than when the navigation goes out on an airplane. Being on something that’s not supposed to be in the air, flying really fast, and having no idea where you’re going is not a great combination. Fortunately, Garmin now sells a watch that doubles as an insurance policy. Compare this watch with the Suunto Ambit2 S review if you’re not sure which is best.
The Garmin D2 Pilot Watch is, as you might expect, designed for pilots. It starts with an extensive airport database already loaded into the watch. You can choose the airport you’re flying to by pressing the “Direct To” button, or if you need to get on the ground fast, press nearest and it’ll begin directing you to the nearest airport. Landing, though, is on you.
Beyond that, it’s also got a set of instruments onboard to help you find your way home. It’s got an altimeter with adjustable barometer settings, so you’ll know what level you’re on when you level out, and it also comes with a three-axis compass. It’ll even sync up with your plane’s Garmin GPS, so if that goes out, you won’t be left hanging, and can control on-board cameras.
Oh, yeah, and it’s also a watch. It’s designed to track time zones, and can even show multiple time zones. It’s even got USB handy for those times when you need to charge up. You won’t be able to add maps, however.
And finally, of course, it looks good on your wrist. Let’s face it, if it didn’t, few people would actually wear it, no matter how potentially lifesaving it is. Ideally, of course, this is nothing more than a neat watch you can show off to your friends while you’re getting your pilot’s license. But, if it really comes down to it, which would you rather have on your wrist? The D2? Or nothing at all? Not getting lost in the skies costs $450.