Based on 26 reviews
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- Great for beater watches
- Reliable and built to last
- Good value for the price
- History and design are important factors
- Highly rated by customers
[Marathon GSAR Grey Maple] Treated myself to one hell of a tool watch with a bit of personal connection.
MW, and my time served on the Can-Am border in the ADKs - seeing some real awful but also some of the most beautiful things - I pulled the trigger and treated myself to the Marathon GSAR (Grey Maple). I put it on and was immediately transported back there, just feeling on my wrist and looking down at the dial. This is my third “nice” watch (I have a Tissot Le Locle for dress / fancy occasions and a Hamilton Converter as my go-to work watch) and the packaging is some of the best I’ve seen for any product, not only watches. It also looks so good resting on it’s pillow in the box that I almost don’t want to ever take it out, I feel like I just want to keep it there open to look at and that would be good enough; which is ridiculous considering I wore one while sleeping on the ground in the Adirondacks, elbows deep in the dirt and the mud and all that blood, sweat, and tears.
2 years ago
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Description: The Marathon Diver’s Automatic is also known as the Government Search and Rescue (GSAR). The GSAR is built to ISO 6425 standards and designed for use by Search and Rescue (SAR) divers. Issued to the United States Marine Corps, the GSAR is a watch built to withstand the most extreme conditions. It is water resistant to 30 atmospheres and illuminated by tritium gas tubes.
3 years ago
[Discussion] Your three-watch collection if money were no object?
My ideal trio would the Marathon GSAR 41mm, the Omega Seamaster 2531.80 and the Grand Seiko Snowflake SBGA211. Black, Blue and White dials, all 41mm on a bracelet with many alternate strap options, distinct in terms of style (especially case shape and markers), country of origin, history and utility. In terms of a beater watch, Marathon is the best mechanical option I have come across so far, mil-spec, built like a tank, and the tritium lume looks awesome.
2 years ago
[Discussion] Thanks! And I hate you.
Rolex Explorer 214270, my current daily wear, Monday to Friday. Marathon 36mm GSAR Auto, the watch I wear to work, the movies, walking the dog, camping, anywhere I might be in the dark for a while. Homemade DayDate president clone, typically a weekend watch, sometimes a middle of the week kind of watch. I wear it when the date matters, such as I have lots to do.
2 years ago
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