3.7 / 5.011 ReviewsDurability4.2 / 5Reliability4.1 / 5Performance3.7 / 5Ease Of Use4.0 / 5Value3.6 / 5Would You Recommend?Yes (3)No (1)Durability5 / 5Reliability5 / 5Performance5 / 5Ease Of Use5 / 5Value5 / 5Would You Recommend?YesA Reliable Emergency WatchEven do I did exchange the D2 Bravo by the D2 Charlie, the D2 Bravo is a reliable emergency watch for Pilots.July 3, 2018Purchased
3 months agoDurability4 / 5Reliability4 / 5Performance4 / 5Ease Of Use5 / 5Value5 / 5Would You Recommend?YesGreat Expectations!Received my watch with next day shipping just in time for a flight the next day. I enjoyed paring the watch with my garmin pilot software using all the features as described in the manual and youtube videos. Everything work exceeding my expectations.November 20, 2017Purchased
10 months agoDurability4 / 5Reliability5 / 5Performance5 / 5Ease Of Use3 / 5Value3 / 5Would You Recommend?NoNice but no thanksWatch looks nice but is too bulky. The screen requires backlight or sunlight to be seen well. Most difficult to read in the cockpit with sunglasses on.October 13, 2017Purchased
11 months agoDurability4 / 5Reliability4 / 5Performance5 / 5Ease Of Use3 / 5Value3 / 5Would You Recommend?YesNot QuiteMy opinion is that the watch is too large - both too thick & too big around. I have not gotten into the current fad of large watches. It also is difficult to read without sunlight or the back light. Which means it is difficult to read while wearing sunglasses in a cockpit. Had nice features.October 4, 2017Durability5 / 5Reliability4 / 5Performance3 / 5Ease Of Use4 / 5Value4 / 5Could be a little betterSuper nice look and looks great for a guys watch. My temperature is stuck on 84deg which is strange being brand new. Some ppl complain about the screen brightness, but is build like a like a kindle screen. You can see it very well in the sun lite. Overall the watch is awesome and looks great compared to a Apple Watch.April 18, 2017Durability4 / 5Reliability3 / 5Performance1 / 5Ease Of Use2 / 5Value2 / 5OveradvertisedI own (and love) a Garmin aircraft GPS, auto GPS, and golf watch, so I really wanted the D2 Bravo Titanium to be all that it was advertised. Sadly, it is not. * Setup was nowhere near intuitive. * The watch is physically huge - 2 inches in diameter, and so thick it would never fit under a dress shirt. * It wouldn't do anything correctly until I went outdoors to get a GPS lock, and I could only get a lock if I it was exposed to the sky. Even in my car, it would lose lock. * It displayed the wrong date and time - "calendar" must be on to get the correct date. * The compass reads +/- 30 degrees in the car. * Windows wouldn't recognize the device when plugged in to my less-than-two-year-old computer, so I couldn't upload a flight plan. Then I learned I couldn't upload a flight plan from Windows anyway. * It will only navigate to an airport, not to an intersection. * Many of the advertised features are only functional if you have it Bluetooth connected to a smartphone or tablet that is actually doing the work - it's just acting as a remote display device, but the manual doesn't say which ones. * Some widgets are not visible by default, but the manual doesn't say which ones. * All the buttons are labeled in English on the bezel, but he manual constantly refers to symbols on the button heads, which are virtually illegible while in use. * The majority of the manual explains how to use the sports and fitness features, almost as though the aviation feature was an afterthought. In short, I had hoped that it would be an emergency backup navigational device, and it is not. Garmin needs to make a watch that can be such a backup, and leave out all the frills. If my panel goes dark, I know my heart rate will be up - I don't need my watch to tell me - I DO need my watch to help me navigate on its own. I so hoped for better from Garmin - thanks to Sporty's for their return policy.February 15, 2017Durability4 / 5Reliability4 / 5Performance4 / 5Ease Of Use4 / 5Value5 / 5Using in JAPANreally useful for flying and running!!October 20, 2016Durability5 / 5Reliability5 / 5Performance3 / 5Ease Of Use5 / 5Value3 / 5Capable but display is BIG and dimmer than shownDisplay is not nearly as bright as shown in the ads. It is also a very big watch but light for its size. If you have great cockpit electronics it is probably not a huge pickup but would be good if still flying with steam gaugesSeptember 1, 2016Durability5 / 5Reliability5 / 5Performance5 / 5Ease Of Use5 / 5Value4 / 5Keeps getting better!- [ ] I posted a very positive review about the D2 Bravo a year ago. After seeing the upgrades with the Titanium I had to purchase it immediately when I noticed it in one of my Sporty's emails. The email marketing is clearly effective. My only two long term complaints of the standard D2 Bravo concerned my desire for a metal band and the requirement to purchase a separate device in order to have a heart rate monitor. The Sporty's hassle free return policy is really nice. Trust me, it works as I returned the original D2 watch a couple years ago because I wanted to wait for something a little more refined. The titanium version is a huge upgrade from the Bravo. First, they managed to get much better performance from the already incredible battery life. The bravo would easily go all day while in Bluetooth mode connected to my iPhone but definitely needed a nightly charge to make it thru the next day. If it wasn't in Bluetooth it would run several days in a single charge. The titanium seems to be getting the increased performance as if the Bluetooth was turned off with the D2 Bravo. The metal band isn't the highest quality like a Rolex but more inline with an Invicta or Seiko with pins in the band for link adjustment. However, it feels really nice on the wrist and has a modern quick latching mechanism. The band is a clear improvement to the rubber and leather bands found in the D2 Bravo. I also found some improvements with the Bluetooth connectivity and ability to quickly connect. My D2 bravo would not communicate with phone without the Garmin Connect Ap open which is now not the case. Another wonderful feature if you fly regularly is the new printing on the dial and coordinated ZULU time hand. This is great for calling in those weather briefings and not having to calculate the time. The dark look of the case and watch are also very attractive and I feel this watch could be worn a little more easily with a suit. In conclusion, it's an amazing improvement from the Bravo. In fact, almost enough of an improvement to call it the Charlie. My only negative is still the screen brightness but it is completely fine. I can read it in many different lighting conditions and imagine this is where the power savings come from. I am extremely happy with the upgrade and my old Bravo is being sold on an online auction site as I write this review. I won't plug the auction site because they became greedy and stopped looking out for their clients. LolJuly 6, 2016Durability1 / 5Reliability1 / 5Performance1 / 5Ease Of Use4 / 5Value1 / 5DOAWatch cannot pick up GPS signals, Garmin did phone troubleshooting, no luck, finally said to send it back.June 23, 2016
- Question and Answer
Browse 8 questions Browse 8 questions and 17 answersWhat is the difference between the titanium version and the non titanium version other than the band?BEST ANSWER: Battery life is shorter on the Titanium version.Does it have world time?BEST ANSWER: Yes. I have it show both local and Zulu.Has anyone done any running or swimming with the titanium's metal bracelet? Is it me or would it be totally uncomfortable for sport workouts and so would necessarily have to opt for the rubber strap? Thanks for letting me know.BEST ANSWER: I tried this watch as a daily wear, swimming and running. I found that while the titanium band is lighter than the stainless counterpart in other Fenix watch models, the band is relatively sharp on the edges and to get the fit right for using the heart sensor it can be uncomfortable. I found that when my wrist was wet, the watch still wanted to slide around a little. If you were going to do a lot of swimming and running, I would leave the silicone band on most of the time and only use the titanium when I dress up. (Which is sad as the titanium band looks really good) Had a lot of compliments and while the D2 Bravo/Fenix does most of what I wanted it to do, it didn't do all of it well enough. It is probably the best smart watch/gps/activity watch combo out there, but at the given price tag I opted to return it and wait longer for the technology to come a little further.Is screen brightness OK in various light conditions? I want to use it for running and golf as well as flying.BEST ANSWER: The screen is actually designed for outside lighting conditions. It works great during the day in direct sunlight. That being said, the screen is not as clear when out of direct sunlight (i.e. inside your house or at night). In those types of situations the back light works great.Do you provide a European airport database?BEST ANSWER: I believe that it has this available in garmin for $25. PS Its the coolest watch for a pilot I have ever owned, been flying 35 years.Is there a fee to update the AIRAC for aviation or download courses for golf?BEST ANSWER: Hello,
I am not sure about golf courses as I am not a golfer. But they do charge a $25 fee for airport data base updates that support the nearest and direct-to functions of the watch.
Having said that, the D2 titanium is awesome, my favorite feature is the automatic detection when you are climbing above 500ft/minute the fly function activates automatically recording speed, altitude, course and you can even see your trip on map, all without touching the watch before takeoff.
Hope this helps.How do you personalize it with your aircraft's tail number?Can one trade in the first to get the Titanium version and if so how much is the difference?BEST ANSWER: I'm not aware of any trade-in program for the watches.
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