Garmin Approach S60 vs S62 - Where are the differences?

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Garmin Approach S60 vs S62 - Where are the differences? The Garmin Approach S60 is one of the most popular and best golf drives on the market. The successor Garmin Approach S62 has been available since 2020. Of course the new model can do more, but it also costs a good number more. So of course the question arises as to the differences and which Garmin Approach is better for you. Does it have to be the new S62? Let's take a look at the Garmin Golfuhren in comparison.

Comparison table

Model Garmin Approach S60* Garmin Approach S62*
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Display size Display size 1,20 " Display size 1,30 "
Diagonal display Diagonal display 30,40 mm Diagonal display 33,02 mm
Resolution Resolution 240 x 240 px Resolution 260 x 260 px
Dimension Dimension 46 x 46 x 14.5 mm Dimension 47 x 47 x 14.8 mm
Weight Weight 61 g Weight 61 g
Waterproof / Swimproof Waterproof / Swimproof 5 ATM Waterproof / Swimproof 5 ATM
Battery (up to) Battery (up to) 10 days Battery (up to) 14 days
Battery life with GPS Battery life with GPS 10,0 hours Battery life with GPS 20,0 hours
HR function 24/7 HR function 24/7 No HR function 24/7 Yes
Pulse oximeter Pulse oximeter No Pulse oximeter Yes
Build in GPS Build in GPS Yes Build in GPS Yes
Build in NFC Build in NFC No Build in NFC Yes
Mobile Payment (NFC) Mobile Payment (NFC) No Mobile Payment (NFC) Yes
Mobile payment Mobile payment Mobile payment Garmin Pay
Wind speed & direction Wind speed & direction No Wind speed & direction Yes
Virtual Caddie Virtual Caddie No Virtual Caddie Yes
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Differences between Garmin Approach S60 and S62

Overall, the Garmin Approach S62* is definitely the better of the two clocks. But let's take a close look at it in detail. At the end you will also find my recommendation for a new purchase as well as my opinion about the upgrade.

Wind speed and direction

The Garmin Approach S62 offers you the possibility to display wind speed and wind direction. The values are also extremely accurate. For a golf tour this function is very interesting and also important. This is also one of the most important differences between the two watches, if we look at the point of functionality.

Virtual Caddie

With the Garmin Approach S62, you get a virtual caddie at hand. With this the watch helps you to improve your performance.

Data of the played rounds are collected and evaluated. Based on this data the watch gives you guidelines for the next strokes and rounds.

More sport modes

Compared to the Approach S60, the newer Garmin Approach S62 offers more sport modes. There are 18 of them. The S60 offers here only 13.

Battery life

In terms of battery life, the Garmin Approach S62* is clearly ahead of the S60. The S62 trumps especially when the GPS is turned on. The battery lasts up to 20 hours with GPS. With the S60 it is only up to 10 hours.

In normal mode, i.e. without GPS, the battery of the S62 lasts up to 14 days. With the S60, the battery lasts up to 10 days without GPS.

Overall, the newer Approach S62 makes a much better picture here.

Display - Larger with higher resolution

The Garmin Approach S62 has a 1.3" display with a resolution of 260 x 260 pixels. The Approach S60 has a display of 1.2" with a resolution of 1.2". This makes the new watch a lot bigger.

Pulse Oximeter & Body Battery Score

In contrast to the S60, the Garmin Approach S62 has a pulse oximeter built in. With this the watch can measure your oxygen content and of course evaluate it. Connected to it you also get the "Garmin Body Battery Score". This makes the S62 even more of a fitness tracker than the S60 is.

Pulse measurement

There is a significant difference in pulse measurement. Only the S62 has a sensor to measure the pulse directly on the wrist. Thus, the S62 enables a 24/7 pulse measurement. This makes the S62 enrom stand out from the older S60. With the older model the pulse can only be measured with the pulse belt.

With the technology Garmin relies here on the Garmin elevate V3 HRM.

NFC and Garmin Pay

With the Approach S62 you have the possibility to pay contactless. For this purpose, the watch has NFC installed and is equipped with Garmin Pay. Personally, I am a big fan of contactless payment and only use it. I am very pleased that it is becoming more and more popular.

Which Garmin approach is better?

In the comparison of the two Garmin Approaches it should be clear that the Approach S62* has received some upgrades. This is not surprising, since there are 3 years between the two clocks in which a lot has happened.

The hardware has been improved and there are also important new functions. This makes the Garmin Approach S62 not only the better golf guide, but also offers you some features of a Smartwatch and Fitness Tracker. Especially the pulse measurement on the wrist, which is not possible with the S60, should be emphasized.

For a new purchase I recommend the Garmin Approach S62*. Of course the Garmin Approach S60 is much cheaper, but the watch also offers you much less. I would only choose the predecessor* if you are short of money.
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Should you upgrade from the Approach S60 to the S62?

In my opinion, an upgrade of the Approach S60* to the Garmin Approach S62* makes sense. The exact display of the wind speed and wind direction are particularly good reasons for this. Also the virtual caddie is a good argument for the new model.

In addition to the very practical golf functions, you also get a significantly longer battery life and some functions of a fitness tracker and a Smartwatch. The new function of pulse measurement via the wrist should be emphasized.

Overall, the S62 offers a good deal more than the S60. No wonder, as the predecessor is 3 years older and has done quite a bit in this area over the years. So I can recommend the upgrade*.
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Lucas ist einer der Betreiber und Entwickler von buffcoach. Obwohl er im Bereich der IT tätig ist, nehmen Sport und Ernährung einen sehr großen Anteil seines Lebens ein. Er trainiert im Bereich des Kraftsports nach Grundlagen von Crosstraining. Sein Ziel ist es stark und fit zu sein. Eine gesunde Ernährung ist damit eng verbunden. Sein Wissen teilt er auf im Magazin und Forum.
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