Suunto Ambit3 Peak GPS Sapphire Watch


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A sleek watch that helps you summit, share, and repeat.

Reach the summit, and use data collected with your Suunto Ambit3 Peak GPS Sapphire Watch to relive and share that adventure with family and friends. Unlike so many of the GPS watch monstrosities out there, this timepiece has a steel bezel, sapphire crystal lens, and silicone strap for distinctive style and strength. The Ambit3 Peak connects wirelessly to your iPad or iPhone utilizing the free Suunto Movescount app to create 3D map animation movies of your journey, complete with photos taken along the way. As cool as that is, it's just the beginning of what the Ambit3 Peak can do. Whether you're training for the adventure of a lifetime or you're finally doing it, this multi-sport watch guides your progress and helps you stay safe on your quest. The wireless connection allows you to customize your watch, keep time and GPS data on the go, receive smartphone updates right on your watch face, analyze key metrics instantly, and download numerous sport-specific Suunto apps.

  • Route navigation
  • Up to 50hr GPS battery life
  • Run, cycle, and swim advanced functions
  • Compass
  • FusedAlti altitude
  • Sunrise/sunset
  • Temperature
  • Swimming heart rate with Suunto Smart Sensor (Smart Sensor not included)
  • Activity-based recovery time
  • Speed, pace, and distance
  • Bluetooth-smart bike power support
  • Multiple sports in one log
  • Training programs
  • Additional features through Suunto Apps
  • Steel bezel
  • Sapphire crystal lens
  • Silicone strap

Tech Specs

Housing Material:
[case] reinforced polyamide, [bezel] steel
Strap Material:
Face Material:
sapphire crystal
Technical Features:
altitude, compass, distance/speed, GPS, sunrise/sunset
Dual Times:
Date Indicator:
yes, 100m
Ambit3 Peak Sapphire, USB cable, quick guide, warranty leaflet
Face Size:
50 mm
Claimed Weight:
3.25 oz
Recommended Use:
mountaineering, training, running, swimming, cycling, triathlon, multi-sport
Manufacturer Warranty:
2 years

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    After owning this watch for a year and a half I have to downgrade it to 3 stars due to short battery life, and poor performance on the app side. I have started running longer distances and for runs over 12-15 miles the connectivity with the app is slow and the movie function works about half the time. I expect much more from this company and a $600 watch. Disappointing.

    Not great for pool swimming

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
    • Fit: True to size

    I ended up returning the Ambit3 Peak. My primary exercise is pool swimming, with occasional openwater ocean swims and running. The Ambit3 display is too small to read while in the pool, and doesn't have customizable displays such as laps and interval distances as does my Forerunner 920XT. I'm sure the Ambit3 is great for tracking openwater swimming and running and more....however my main workout is in the pool, so this watch didn't meet my expectations for this very specific reason.

    Other watches are just toys.

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size

    Great finish and design. It's very durable. I've used it skiing, running, and pool swimming and it has work very well. It links well with Strava which enhances the feedback.

    Great watch, Great GPS, Great Fun.

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size

    I've had this watch for about 1.5 weeks now, so no long-term review. In that time, I've used it for 3 long bike rides, 1 day of skiing, a long run and a few hikes. It's fantastic. The bluetooth syncs wirelessly with my iPhone, so when I'm riding, I can set my watch to notify me of certain events--like if I'm getting a mid ride text from my wife, or a phone call. The wireless sync also uploads post-ride after a day of skiing with my daughter, I can instantly show her our tracks from the day and the vital stats.

    Used with the Suunto HR monitor, it is very reliable at getting both HR and respiration rate data, which has been interesting to monitor on endurance bike rides.

    Battery life has been great. With a full day of skiing and GPS, I ended the day with 65% battery left. Used without GPS, it goes for a long time--I don't know how long yet.

    Waterproof, seems very durable. Watch strap seems a bit soft, but we'll see. The watch strap is long enough that I can strap it on outside my jacket, to keep good GPS signal and to be able to monitor my ride/ski/hike all day.

    The Movescount service works well, when it is working. Their service was down for 3 days, but once it went up again, it has been pretty straightforward to use. The user interface is a bit lacking, but it is stable, and you can figure it out. The ability to customize watch displays is pretty awesome.

    All in all, this is a great watch. I was torn between the Ambit 2 with ANT+ capability and the 3 with bluetooth. I went with the 3 so I could sync with my phone, but that means that my power meter and cadence sensors won't work with this. Suunto really needs to support both formats in one device. Until then, this is a pretty great tool to use.

    Ambit3 Peak = 5 / Movescount = 2

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size

    I'm currently trying out the watch as a replacement to my Garmin Tactix and I can already say that the build quality of the watch surpasses any other ABC +GPS watch I've looked at. To be honest, it was hard to transition from the 100% customizable operating system of the Garmin's Fenix to the Ambit3's sport profiles, but I've grown to appreciate the simplicity of the Ambit3. I also enjoy the cleaner/stylish look and display of the Ambit3 Peak Sapphire.


    - Acquires HR belt quickly (10 seconds?)

    - GPS acquisition has, so far, been almost instantaneous.

    - Build quality is phenomenal.

    - 24/7 activity tracking is a plus.

    - Elevation is usually within 10 feet of benchmarks I've encountered.

    - Tracks are spot on.

    - Storm alarms.

    - Auto-sync through the phone is nice

    - When working, Movescount justifies the watch by providing a location to autmotically store, sync, plan, and analyze workouts ("Moves").


    - Can't customize the main display page, only exercise profiles.

    - You have to be in Navigation Mode to display the map. I would prefer it if the Map could be assigned to one of the normal profile pages.

    - No vibration alerts, but I can get over that.

    - Movescount app and site are glitchy, but the app is still new, so there's still hope. I am experiencing my first encounter with the Movescount site being down and, though its only been down for a day, this seem to be monthly trend for Movescount. Still, as the site matures, I expect it to get better.

    Bottom line:

    I am 100% satisfied with the Ambit3 Peak Sapphire, despite shortcomings that I hope will be resolved with firmware updates, the look, feel, and operability of the watch have exceeded my expectations. I can easily see this being my everyday watch. Given Suunto's reputation I'm optimistic about the Ambit3 Peak's longevity. Unlike other companies that abandon firmware support for older products. In any case, I'll be happy camper once Suunto stabilizes the Movescount interface.