If you’re familiar with Marathon Watches, that’s probably because today the watchmaker is one of the only watches to build timepieces to military specifications, most notably in the form of the General Purpose field watch. You might also be familiar with the Search & Rescue Dive watch (GSAR), a timepiece the brand touts as being built for government search and rescue teams. All that very impressive-sounding marketing aside, the GSAR is a solid diver with plenty of fans in the watch world who probably don’t do all that much searching or rescuing, and yet still enjoy the watch.
Now, Marathon is offering up a new version of the GSAR diver that doesn’t stray far from the original’s formula but gives the piece a stealthily cool all-black color scheme. This, naturally, necessitates a black dial and a vulcanized black rubber strap, as well as a 41mm stainless steel case with anthracite ion-plated coating that is, according to the brand, three-times harder than standard stainless steel, so it should be reasonably resistant to scratches. The watch comes with tritium gas tube lume, which should stay nice and crisp and luminous in any situation, and is powered by the ubiquitous (but good!) ETA 2824-2 automatic movement.
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