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Old 04-10-2019, 09:20 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Marathon NGM vs Government; what’s the difference?

I was looking at some Marsthon watches on Amazon and noticed that there’s an NGM and a Government version of the same watch. But the Government version is $100 more.
What’s the difference in the specs? Is the Government worth an extra $100?
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What a fantastic question Mad German !

Honestly don't have a Marathon, and have not followed them
closely enough to give you a good answer. Maybe someone
who has had one before, or is an expert can help us.

Did see this next to some of the models though: "Built to
Government specifications for use by military personnel."
So maybe that is the key like you said. Interesting stuff !

Thanks very much just for asking the question, and for
coming up with the topic !
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You're not comparing quartz to mechanical by mistake are you? If not, are both watches from the same vendor? The price (as well as the description) for the exact same item from different vendors on Amazon can vary wildly - sometimes by 1000%! Vendors determine their own prices - and change them frequently.
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If you check Marathon authorized dealers, like longislandwatch.com, the GSAR with U.S. Government dial and the sterile dial are priced the same. Other variations, like the TSAR quartz or medium size 36mm models, sell for less. The GSAR with U.S. Marines designations and anthracite models sell for more.
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WF's:
I had this grandiose plan to score a Marathon from the local CostCo watch dept
mgr Chad. Had a few Marathons he was trying to flip.
CostCo transferred Chad so bye bye Marathon.

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I hope MG sees this guys. ..You really shed some light !

Thanks very very much for your expertise !!!
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