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Introducing Garmin tactix® 7 + tactix Delta, Instinct® 2 & Descent™ | Best Military Watches of 2023

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Buy the Best Garmin Tactical Military Watches—Tactix 7, Tactix Delta, Instinct 2, fenix 7X with Solar, Ballistics, and Stealth Mode Options

Buy Garmin tactix 7 Series
(51 MM)

Shop the NEW Garmin tactix 7 series of tactical GPS smartwatches now with 1.4" touchscreen and LED flashlight.

Buy Garmin tactix Delta Series (51 MM)

Shop Garmin tactix Delta military tactical watches with Free 60-Day Returns + Free 2-Day Shipping.

Buy Garmin Instinct 2 Solar Tactical (45 MM)

Shop this most affordable Garmin tactical watch built to the U.S. military standard 810 for thermal, shock and a 10 ATM water rating.

Buy Garmin fenix 7X (51 MM)

Go heavy on fitness features with brand new Garmin fenix 7X multisport GPS - comes in Solar & Sapphire models.

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Garmin tactix 7 Military Tactical Watches

The Garmin tactix 7 series includes 3 models: the tactix 7 standard, tactix 7 Pro, and tactix 7 Pro — Ballistics Edition. And this 2023 lineup of advanced Garmin tactical GPS watches brings several new features to your next mission.

Garmin tactix 7 watches now feature a powerful responsive touchscreen—along with traditional button operation. The powerful 5-button and touchscreen interface enables quick and intuitive engagement with the topographical maps, offering confident “off-grid” situational awareness.

Both civilian and service aviators will benefit from the tactix 7 Series Direct-To Navigation feature, which allows users to navigate straight to an airport in the world aeronautical database or use the “Nearest” function to activate a path to a nearby airport.

Thanks to advancement in solar-technology, this Garmin series of tactical watches offers improved battery life over the previous tactix Delta series.

Additionally, each tactix 7 GPS smartwatch includes a built-in dimmable white or green LED flashlight. You'll find the green light useful in maintaining your eyes’ natural night vision.

Take advantage of multi-GNSS and multi-band support, providing the highest level of Garmin's positional accuracy.

To the fitness and training front, these premium tactix 7 GPS watches add Real-Time Stamina and a Recovery Time Advisor.

Get all the details on our Garmin tactix 7 page.

Garmin tactix Delta Military GPS Watches

Most durability & military features!

Garmin tactix Delta military watches are designed for durability with a scratch-resistant domed sapphire lens made from Power Sapphire™ technology in a Diamond-Like Carbon (DLC) coated steel bezel with a 1.4" display.

They are available in 3 models:

Tactical features include Stealth Mode, Night Vision Mode, Kill Switch, and Jumpmaster Mode.

To learn more about this Garmin military style watch's superior GPS and navigation, health-tracking, sport features, and more, visit:

Best Garmin tactical watches blog

Garmin Instinct 2 Solar Tactical GPS Watches

Most affordable Garmin tactical watch!

Garmin Instinct 2 Solar–Tactical Edition GPS smartwatch features include:

  • Night Vision compatibility
  • Stealth Mode
  • dual-format GPS
  • projected waypoints
  • Jumpmaster Mode
  • military standard toughness
  • unprecedented battery life to those that explore under the sun (See Instinct 2 Battery Chart)

Garmin Instinct 2 Solar–Tactical
Case Size : (H x W x D) 45 x 45 x 14.5 mm; Weight: 52g

Garmin Instinct 2S Solar–Tactical
Case Size :
(H x W x D) 40x 40 x 13.3 mm; Weight: 42g

Find out everything you need to know on our Garmin Instinct 2/2S page.

Garmin Tactical Watches Battery Life

GARMIN DELTA SAPPHIRE

Smartwatch: Up to 21 days/24 days with solar
Battery Saver Watch Mode: Up to 80 days/120 days with solar
GPS: Up to 60 hours/66 hours with solar
GPS + Music: Up to 15 hours/16 hours with solar
Max Battery GPS Mode: Up to 120 hours/148 hours with solar
Expedition GPS Activity: Up to 46 days/56 days with solar

GARMIN DELTA SOLAR

Smartwatch: Up to 21 days/24 days with solar
Battery Saver Watch Mode: Up to 80 days/120 days with solar
GPS: Up to 60 hours/66 hours with solar
GPS + Music: Up to 15 hours/16 hours with solar
Max Battery GPS Mode: Up to 120 hours/148 hours with solar
Expedition GPS Activity: Up to 46 days/56 days with solar

GARMIN DELTA SOLAR WITH BALLISTICS

Smartwatch: Up to 21 days/24 days with solar
Battery Saver Watch Mode: Up to 80 days/120 days with solar
GPS: Up to 60 hours/66 hours with solar
GPS + Music: Up to 15 hours/16 hours with solar
Max Battery GPS Mode: Up to 120 hours/148 hours with solar
Expedition GPS Activity: Up to 46 days/56 days with solar

GARMIN DESCENT MK2S

Smartwatch: Up to 7 days
Battery Saver Watch Mode: Up to 21 days
GPS: Up to 18 hours
GPS + Music: Up to 6 hours
Max Battery GPS Mode: Up to 32 hours
Dive mode: Up to 30 hours

GARMIN DESCENT MK2

Smartwatch: Up to 16 days
Battery Saver Watch Mode: Up to 50 days
GPS: Up to 48 hours
GPS + Music: Up to 15 hours
Max Battery GPS Mode: Up to 96 hours
Dive mode: Up to 80 hours
Expedition GPS Activity: up to 35 days

GARMIN DESCENT MK2i

Smartwatch: Up to 16 days
Battery Saver Watch Mode: Up to 50 days
GPS: Up to 48 hours
GPS + Music: Up to 15 hours
Max Battery GPS Mode: Up to 96 hours
Dive mode: Up to 80 hours
Dive mode with Descent T1: Up to 32 hours
Expedition GPS Activity: up to 35 days

GARMIN INSTINCT TACTICAL

Smartwatch mode: Up to 14 days
GPS mode: Up to 16 hours
UltraTrac™ mode: Up to 40 hours

GARMIN INSTINCT SOLAR–TACTICAL

Smartwatch: Up to 24 days/54 days with solar
Battery Saver Watch Mode: Up to 56 days/Unlimited with solar
GPS: Up to 30 hours/38 hours with solar
Max Battery GPS Mode: Up to 70 hours/145 hours with solar
Expedition GPS Activity: Up to 28 days/68 days with solar

GARMIN INSTINCT SOLAR–CAMO

Smartwatch: Up to 24 days/54 days with solar
Battery Saver Watch Mode: Up to 56 days/Unlimited with solar
GPS: Up to 30 hours/38 hours with solar
Max Battery GPS Mode: Up to 70 hours/145 hours with solar
Expedition GPS Activity: Up to 28 days/68 days with solar

Does Garmin Have a Military Sports Watch?

Yes! All Garmin military GPS and tactical smartwatches have integrated sports apps, fitness-tracking, and even performance metrics on some—to support all your training and fitness goals!

The Garmin Instinct Tactical/Solar Tactical watches give you all the usual activity tracking features (calories burned, floors climbed, distance traveled, etc.); Cardio, Strength, Run, Cycling, Swim, Rowing, Hiking—and much more workouts!

The tactix Delta military watches and Descent dive computer watches add to the above: Heat and Altitude Acclimation, VO2 Max (Run), Training Status, Training Load, Training Effect, and Daily Suggested Workouts. Both of these Garmin watches even offer a premium suite of golfing features!

Does Garmin Offer a Solar Military Watch?

Yes! Both the Garmin tactix Delta and Garmin Instinct tactical watches offer Solar-charging options!

These include:

For more on these best Solar GPS watches, check out this article!

Does Garmin Have a Military Dive Watch?

Yes! The Garmin Descent dive computer watches are tactical computer watches for your underwater missions!

Dive features include:

  • Multiple & customizable dive modes for single and multiple gas dives (including nitrox and trimix), gauge, apnea, apnea hunt and closed-circuit rebreather.
  • Track your entry and exit points with advanced satellite connectivity.

    A dive log to store and review data for up to 200 dives—and share via the Garmin Dive app.

    Pair with inReach satellite communicators and the inReach dive case.

    Ascent/Descen rate indicator, automatic altitude adjustment, backlight, alerts and alarms, 3-axis dive compass, built-in barometer and tide tables.

Like the Instinct and tactix Delta Garmin tactical watches, Descent dive computers offer dual-format GPS coordinates, preloaded topographic maps, and projected waypoints to provide unparalleled situational awareness—as well as multi-GNSS (GPS, Galileo, GLONASS) and ABC senors (altimeter, barometer, and compass).

To learn more about this Garmin dive-specific tactical watch's superior GPS and navigation, health-tracking, sport features, and more, visit:

Garmin Descent dive watch comparison blog

Garmin Descent Mk2/Mk2S/Mk2i product specs page

Garmin Military Watches with Compass

All models of the Garmin Instinct Tactical watches, tactix Delta miltary, and Descent dive computer watches have a compass on watch.

Other sensors to help you with distance, orientation, and position- and health-tracking include:

  • Multi-GNSS (GPS, Galileo, GLONASS)
  • Garmin Elevate heart rate monitor
  • Barometric altimeter
  • Gyroscope (except on Instinct watches)
  • Accelerometer
  • Thermometer

And the Garmin Descent tactical dive watch also has a depth sensor.

Are Garmin Military Watches Waterproof?

Yes! Garmin all miltary tactical watches are rated for water resistance.

  • The Garmin Instinct watches are rated to 10 ATM—Withstands pressures equivalent to a depth of 100 meters, splashes, rain or snow, showering, swimming, diving into water, snorkeling, high-speed water sports.

  • The Garmin tactix Delta GPS watches are rated to 10 ATM—Withstands pressures equivalent to a depth of 100 meters, splashes, rain or snow, showering, swimming, diving into water, snorkeling, high-speed water sports.

  • The Garmin Descent Dive Computer Watches are rated to Dive (100 meters)—Tested to engineering standard EN13319 for dive compliance, scuba diving, snorkeling, and high-speed water sports.

Black Military Watch & Tactical Watches with Color Options

Most Garmin military and tactical watches are black. However, there are a few color options for anyone who prefers something other than a black Garmin tactical watch.

The Garmin Instinct Tactical offers a Coyote Tan option, while the Instinct Solar–Tactical Edition has a Moss color option.

The smaller Garmin Descent Mk2S dive computer watch has 2 colors besides black available: Light Gold/Light Sand and Mineral Blue/Sea Foam.

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