25 January 2006

Suunto launches NEW D6 Dive Computer

Suunto dive computers give all divers, from beginners to advanced underwater explorers, the freedom to enjoy their underwater surroundings by providing them with the information they need to maximize their safety.

Made from stainless steel, the new Suunto D6 dive computer has been designed to be both a stylish watch on land and a trusted companion underwater. Suunto's unique digital compass is also found in the Suunto D6 and shows divers the direction in which they are heading both graphically and numerically.

The Suunto D6 has three modes; Air, Nitrox, and Gauge. Divers can choose between making traditional shallow safety stops or, with the deep stops function activated, making safety stops at depth.

The log book memory and graphical dive profile give real time water temperature, which can be seen on the wristop computer's display. The Suunto D6 can store over 100 hours of profile memory. The dive history shows the total number of dives and how many hours of dives the computer has logged. The dive planner enables repetitive dive planning.

Watch functions include stopwatch, dual time, alarm clock and the use of the compass. After the dive, the dive profile can be downloaded to a PC for further analysis with the help of Suunto Dive Manager 2 software.

In Nitrox mode, divers have the choice of using two different gas mixes, which are preset before the dive. Choose from 21-100% oxygen content, with the ability to change the partial pressure of oxygen for each mix. During the dive, if you are within the allowable safety factor (maximum operating depth), you can switch to the second gas.

Gauge mode can be used either for freediving or technical diving. With freediving, the sampling rate for the log book can be set to one second intervals. When diving in this mode, there is a dual display of dive time and a stopwatch which can be reset.

Founded in 1936 with the world's first liquid-filled compass, Suunto is a leading designer and manufacture of precision sports instruments for diving, mountaineering, hiking, skiing, sailing, training and golf. Prized for their design, accuracy and dependability, Suunto wristop computers combine the aesthetics and functionality of watches with sport-specific computers that help athletes at all levels analyze and improve performance. Headquartered in Vantaa, Finland, Suunto employs more than 500 people worldwide and distributes its products to over 70 countries. The company is a subsidiary of Helsinki-based Amer Sports Corporation.

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