Introducing Garmin® tactix™: A Tactically-Inspired GPS Navigator and ABC Watch

  Introducing Garmin® tactix™: A Tactically-Inspired GPS Navigator and ABC

Business Wire

OLATHE, Kan. -- October 22, 2013

Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN), the global
leader in satellite navigation, today announced tactix, a rugged
high-sensitivity GPS navigator and ABC watch inspired by the requirements of
Law Enforcement and Police Special Operations. Built for training, exploring,
and more, this field-ready wristwatch boasts an altimeter, barometer, 3-axis
compass, and extensive tracking capabilities for precise navigation in the
field. tactix is waterproof to 50 meters, and can run up to 50 hours in GPS
mode on one charge. It comes preloaded with tide data (U.S. units only) and
Jumpmaster software, which could prove invaluable for amphibious and airborne
operations. It has a stealth, matte black design with a curved lens and green
backlight, so it won’t flare out with night vision devices or compromise the
user’s position. tactix can withstand even the most extreme elements and
situations, but is sleek enough to be worn as an everyday timepiece.

Introducing Garmin tactix, a rugged high-sensitivity GPS navigator and ABC
watch inspired by the req ...

Introducing Garmin tactix, a rugged high-sensitivity GPS navigator and ABC
watch inspired by the requirements of Law Enforcement and Police Special
Operations. (Photo: Business Wire)

“Being able to go hands free while still having access to accurate information
on barometric pressure, elevation, and GPS position could prove to be
invaluable in the field,” said Dan Bartel, Garmin’s vice president of
worldwide sales. “tactix packs Garmin’s trusted navigation technology into a
GPS watch that both soldiers and civilians can rely on. Plus, the preloaded
tide data and Jumpmaster software, along with its stealth design, really sets
tactix apart from other wrist worn GPS devices.”

tactix is built to endure the roughest conditions. It combines a strong
housing with a forged stainless steel rear case to survive shock and impact,
and has a scratch-resistant, curved mineral glass lens that reduces “hot
spots” from sun reflections. tactix features a large LCD display with a
negative mode liquid crystal display for low light conditions. The black
background and green LED backlight won’t flare out with night vision devices.
The preloaded tide data and Jumpmaster software are important features for
both military operations and recreational activities. It has a bold, all-black
design (bezel, screen, buttons and straps) that is stealthy, yet stylish.
tactix is waterproof to 50 meters, and has a battery life of up to 50 hours in
UltraTrac mode, 16 hours in full GPS mode, and five weeks in watch mode. Basic
watch functions include alarms, tones, vibration alerts, timer, stopwatch and
world clock with the ability to display several time zones, military time, and
zulu time at once.

tactix boasts a comprehensive navigational toolset that allows users to plan
trips, create routes, record waypoints (up to 1,000) such as rally points,
landing zones or potential campsites. Users can record GPS bread crumb trails
on the move, can navigate to coordinates, along a track or route, towards
waypoints, geocaches or along any other selected bearing. A navigation arrow
provides clear directional guidance, and the TracBack® function can guide
users back along a previously recorded tracklog. This function provides users
peace of mind, knowing that they’re never “lost” and can easily find their way
back in case of emergency or bad weather conditions. tactix also features a
dual-position readout, so users can view their current location in multiple
formats, including latitude/longitude and MGRS (military grid reference
system) on the display simultaneously, simplifying navigation for
professional, search-and-rescue and recreational uses. tactix comes preloaded
with a worldwide basemap that displays cities nearby. Using the BaseCamp™
desktop and mobile application, tactix users can easily plan trips and share
their adventures with friends and family. tactix is equipped with both ANT+™
capabilities and Bluetooth® to wirelessly share tracks, waypoints, routes, and
geocaches with other compatible Garmin devices or smartphones with the
BaseCamp mobile app. tactix can also be used as a remote for the new Garmin
VIRB action camera.

tactix is equipped with ABC sensors (altimeter, barometer, and compass) to
provide users with relevant, real-time information. The built-in altimeter
provides elevation data to accurately monitor ascent and descent, and the
barometer can be used to predict weather changes by showing short-term trends
in air pressure. Users can keep their bearings the with 3-axis electronic
compass, no matter if they’re moving or not. Using its GPS receiver, tactix
can auto-calibrate its ABC sensors and auto set the time based on location.
For an extremely accurate temperature reading, not influenced by the wearer’s
body temperature, tactix can be paired with tempe™, Garmin’s external
temperature sensor.

tactix provides real-time performance data, such as distance, pace, cadence
(sensor sold separately), and calories, helping users keep track of their
progress during physical training (PT), or other fitness activities. tactix is
compatible with the premium heart rate monitor for heart rate info, and with
the speed/cadence sensor for distance, speed and cadence while on a bike. The
displayed data fields are fully customizable right from the watch.

The new Garmin tactix will be widely available for purchase in fall 2013 for
$449.99. tactix is the latest solution from Garmin’s outdoor segment, which
focuses on developing technologies and innovations to enhance user’s outdoor
experiences. Whether it’s golfing, hiking, hunting or geocaching, Garmin
outdoor devices are becoming essential tools for outdoor enthusiasts of all
levels. For more information about Garmin’s other outdoor products and
services, go to, and

About Garmin International Inc.

Garmin International Inc. is a subsidiary of Garmin Ltd. (Nasdaq: GRMN), the
global leader in satellite navigation. Since 1989, this group of companies has
designed, manufactured, marketed and sold navigation, communication and
information devices and applications – most of which are enabled by GPS
technology. Garmin’s products serve automotive, mobile, wireless, outdoor
recreation, marine, aviation, and OEM applications. Garmin Ltd. is
incorporated in Switzerland, and its principal subsidiaries are located in the
United States, Taiwan and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit
Garmin's virtual pressroom at or contact the Media
Relations department at 913-397-8200. Garmin, TracBack are registered
trademarks and tactix, ANT+, tempe, and BaseCamp are trademarks of Garmin Ltd.
or its subsidiaries.

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business. Such statements are based on management’s current expectations. The
forward-looking events and circumstances discussed in this release may not
occur and actual results could differ materially as a result of known and
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limited to, the risk factors listed in the AnnualReport on Form 10-K for the
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FCC Notice:

tactix has not been authorized as required by the rules of the Federal
Communications Commission. These devices are not, and may not be, offered for
sale or lease, or sold or leased, until authorization is obtained.

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