Garmin Instinct Crossover leaks on the company’s own website

A new watch, which should soon see the light of day, has appeared on the Garmin website in Taiwan. Instinct Crossover is a new take on Garmin’s outdoor sports watch concept. This will be the first hybrid in the Instinct range.

Such watches are not for everyone. They try to offer the best of both worlds by combining analog elements with smartwatch elements. For example, this could be a pair of mechanical pointers on a digital display.

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We actually knew Garmin had such a device in the works because a local dealer was listed earlier in the year. That was mentioned by a device called the Instinct Analog – so clearly a hybrid watch. It seems we’re finally going to see that, but under the Instinct Crossover name. Same device, different name.

Garmin Instinct Crossover – likely specs

Few actual details were known about the upcoming device until this leak surfaced on the Garmin website in Taiwan (first spotted by Fitness Tracker Test). The entry has now been removed from the site but can still be found if you go to the Internet Archive.

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We took a close look at the listing before it disappeared. This shows that there will be three devices in the range:

  • Garmin Instinct Crossover – Black;
  • Garmin Instinct Crossover – Solar Graphite; and
  • Garmin Instinct Crossover – Solar Tactical Edition.

In terms of specs, these devices don’t seem very different from Garmin Instinct 2. We couldn’t find any missing features, giving you a full-featured equivalent of the current range.

The novelty is a pair of luminous mechanical hands on the MIP dial. They are equipped with shockproof smarts with automatic calibration. We suspect the hands will automatically get out of the way for most use cases. But that’s just our guess.

The tiny display that appears in the right corner of Instinct 2 is gone. Garmin probably thought having two digital displays and a pair of mechanical pointers above them was confusing. Which makes sense. The display is still monochrome and maintains the resolution of 176 x 176 pixels. Its size appears to be 1.2 inches.

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The watch’s actual dimensions are 45 x 45 x 16.2mm and it weighs 65 grams. This makes Instinct Crossover a bit thicker and heavier than Instinct 2 (which weighs 14.5mm and 52 grams respectively).

The watch offers twice as much memory – ie 64 MB. Another improvement concerns the battery life. In certain configurations you get more of it.

Like the latest generation of Garmin watches, Instinct Crossover supports multi-GNSS (GPS, GLONASS, Galileo) for more precise position tracking in challenging environments. You also get all of the new recovery stats and features that first appeared with the Forerunner 255 and 955 watches (morning report, mileage, workout readiness, etc.).

Strategic Functions seem to be new. They contain something called night vision mode which switches the screen between day and night view. stealth mode turns off GPS and wireless communication so you are no longer discoverable. There is a Emergency switch which will erase all data from the watch. Not sure why that would be useful. The last strategic function is double grid coordinates which provides latitude and longitude references.

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Interestingly something called a Index of physical fitness also appears under running functions. Perhaps this could be a new metric Garmin will introduce to other watches. It is listed in addition to Vo2Max.

Just a few days ago, the FCC registered a Garmin hybrid watch. This is usually one of the last steps before the device can be sold in the US. We should probably see Instinct crossovers in the coming days or weeks. Most likely by mid-November as there wouldn’t be any point in releasing a new watch once we’re in the Christmas sales period.

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