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Old 08-15-2015, 05:19 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Marathon TSAR Medium -- solid little watch

Marathon TSAR Medium

Part Number WW194027

Dial window material type
Anti reflective sapphire

Display Type Analog

Case material Stainless steel
Case diameter 36 millimeters
Case Thickness 13
Band Material Rubber
Band width 18 millimeters
Bezel material Stainless steel
Bezel function-- Unidirectional

Special features US Government Specs, Government Contracting, Multipurpose
Movement -- Swiss quartz-- Water resistant depth 1000 Feet


Marathon Diver's Quartz Medium is built to ISO 6425 standards but is a smaller, medium sized, version of Marathon's original line of diver's watches Built from 316L surgical grade stainless steel. The Diver's Quartz Medium is made in La Chaux de Fonds Switzerland to guarantee the highest level of quality and accuracy in manufacturing. Inside the Diver's Quartz Medium is a Swiss made, high torque, 3 jewel ETA F06 Quartz movement, the ETA F06 is accurate to -0.3/+0.5 seconds per day and includes an End of Life (EOL) indicator that will advance the seconds hand once every 4 seconds to inform you that a battery change is needed. The Diver's Quartz Medium uses self-contained Tritium gas tubes to ensure constant visibility in low light situations, a Tritium gas tube is placed on each hour marker as well as the hour and minute hands. Tritium tubes are self-illuminating gas tubes which contain an isotope of hydrogen that does not dull in brightness.


This watch is not for everyone. The small size of the watch is IMO what makes this tuff little watch appealing to me. Its a do everything watch. Camping water sports and it passes in a dress shirt. Its light weight but feels like it can take a beating. Very solid construction. The Tritium gas tube make for a illuminating experience no matter what time of the night it is. My girls and wife got it for me so on that count it could be pink with purple poka dots and Id still wear it but as it stands I like the way it wears. If you have any doubts about the build quality set that aside. It is without a doubt a well-built watch. They did not cut any corners.

Pros:

Solid build quality

Tritium Gas tubes

Bezel moves with authoritative solid clicks

The rubber strap that comes with it is comfortable and comes with the adjustment holes covered over with a thin rubber. You select the spot and push the buckle pin through the pre-molded hole.

Very comfortable.

Cons:

The face is a bit busy especially on such a small watch -- hard to see if you are lacking in the good eye sight dept.

There is a noticeable depth to the watch which can clearly be seen looking at the depth of the dial in relation of the bezel. However, the rather narrow bezel makes that difference and the small size of the watch less noticeable so its not really a con.

The Bracelet is IMO one of the nicest bracelets around but way too expensive for what you get. I purchased it anyway and happy I did but for $150 I believe they should have added a better clasp. Not a stamped SS one -- pretty lame.

The size is a tad too small or better said had it been 2mm larger it would be better balanced. Ofcourse keeping the bezel as narrow as it is

Time will tell but I think this watch is going to get some serious action and it’s the type of watch that will look good on a NATO. Once I get one Ill post some pictures. See some of the non NATO pictures.

















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Very Nice!! Looks like it might wear larger than its specs wud suggest. Congrats
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Very Nice!! Looks like it might wear larger than its specs wud suggest. Congrats
From certain angles it does look its size but not in a bad way. with the bracelet it is less noticeable. With the rubber strap it does look petite. Cant figure it out. Optical illusion I guess. Here is a MM300M for reference on the same wrist. Like the TSAR it is a deep watch as in the relationship between bezel and dial.



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looks well proportioned on your wrist. Enjoy
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Great review and photos !
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looks well proportioned on your wrist. Enjoy
i like mine OEM on natural rubber...even though it is very wearable classic size...the tractor wheel bezel gives the thrill of the big boy tool without wearing a clown watch to interfere with your search & rescue missions

p.s. MARATHON purports to be a military contract watch supply vendor...repairs are in OH CANADA from my readings...
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due to the tractor wheel bezel...plays larger IMHO...without rocking & rolling on the wrist...


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What a pick-up Slowmotion ! Want to thank for the introduction to this one by the way. Didn't even realize Marathon made these watches in this size. Cool !!! Honestly looks big from here, and like it has all of the attitude, and toughness of one of the larger models. ..You'll make great use of this beauty I would imagine. Big congratulations on it ! Enjoy Slowmo !
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Thanks everyone. The tubes are pretty cool. Very bright and crisp and clear. At fist i was concerned but no more. This watch is proof that size to a certain extent is relative to the other design features of a watch. Like the MM300 its built tough but you barely notice the weight. comfortable as it gets, the MM300 not so much.
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It would'nt amount to a Tinkers damn if the watch is 36mm to Moi.
I owned a WW2 A11 military watch that was 36mm, 359 engine and
16 jewel movement.Production farmed out to 4 companies (mine
was made by Elgin)
Marathon makes great watches IMHO.

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I think it's a handsome an well proportioned watch, a great buy. The size is only small in comparison to the size (and thickness) of the monster dive watches that have started to become popular lately. It can be worn during slightly more formal occasions without drawing too much attention. Great watch!
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Good review (thx) and this watch looks to be fair value.
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I would LOVE, LOVE, L-O-V-E Marathon to make this in maraglow. Can you imagine this smaller watch with the JSAR (LGP) style hand set?

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Good review (thx) and this watch looks to be fair value.
at $150 for the bracelet you quickly loose the bang for the buck factor. As I said before, its very nice but over priced and so as to match the quality/ruggedness of the rest of the watch -- the stamped metal clasp is lame. Having said that, this watch is a must on the bracelet.
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