A fashion accessory for many, watches inherent functionality is often overlooked. Form is valued over function, and it's easy to forget that watches (and dive watches in particular) were built as tools. You didn't used to buy a Rolex because it looked cool, you bought it because you needed a timepiece to dive with, and that was simply the best one.
The Marathon GSAR is not a fashion accessory, and won't ever be mistaken for one. This is what is considered a tool watch — a timepiece that lacks the physical attributes that would make it fashionable or particularly visually appealing, such as polished surfaces, unique finishes, or decorated dials. The Marathon GSAR was built with a purpose in mind, and it absolutely delivers.
Marathon, a Canadian company, was commissioned by the US Government to build timepieces for various branches of the military. GSAR stands for Government Search and Rescue, and when you hold the watch it becomes quite obvious that this was made to be abused.
The case diameter isn't particularly large, at 41mm, but it's 14mm thick and made up of a very chunky bezel and incredibly thick anti-reflective sapphire crystal. It's water resistant down to 300m, and also features tritium tubes on the hands to illuminate the watch with no light source required for charging.
Inside the chunky case is a workhorse Swiss automatic movement, the ETA 2824-2. This movement is used in many Swiss-made automatic watches under $1000, and it is well-proven, reliable, and highly respected. It comes stock on a durable rubber strap, but a quality bracelet is available if that's what you'd prefer.
This is not a watch to wear with your tuxedo, but it does have a certain unique aesthetic appeal that is almost timeless in nature. It's a watch created with function in mind, and it's comforting knowing that it's a timepiece that can be banged around without worry.
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