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MARATHON WW194003 Swiss Made Military Field Army Mechanical Watch with Tritium

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  • Intended for field army services as supplied to U.S. government
  • Wind-up mechanical movement
  • Encapsulated tritium for low light settings
  • Fibershell high impact case with stainless steel back
  • Swiss made authentic military watch

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Product Description

The General Purpose Mechanical is intended for field army services. This timepiece features a stainless steel engraved back, stem-winding 17 jewel non-magnetic mechanical movement, hands illuminated with self-lighting tritium tubes. 36 hour running time and is accurate to 30 seconds per day. Face features 12 and 24 hour dials. Black nylon strap included. Manufactured in La Chaux de Fonds, Switzerland.

  • Product Dimensions: 4.7 x 4.3 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • ASIN: B007A56BTM
  • Date first available at February 13, 2012
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #58,485 in Watches (See Top 100 in Watches)
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    Product Specifications

    Watch Information
    Brand, Seller, or Collection Name Marathon
    Part Number WW194003
    Item Shape Round
    Dial window material type Acrylic
    Display Type Analog
    Clasp Buckle
    Case material Resin
    Case diameter 34
    Case Thickness 12
    Band Material Nylon
    Band length Unisex
    Band width 16
    Band Color Black
    Dial color Black
    Bezel material Resin
    Special features US Government Specs, Government Contracting, Multipurpose
    Item weight 3.20 Ounces
    Movement Swiss quartz
    Water resistant depth 102 Feet

    Customer Reviews

    Most Helpful Customer Reviews

    10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Antony S. Whittaker on August 3, 2013
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    My watch just arrived. It came in about 4-5 days. As expected, it came in a plain brown box. The watch was not running when it arrived, but with some winding, I had it going. Obviously, I cant speak to accuracy, yet. I think its a cool looking watch. Its relatively small and very light weight. The strap is cheap, but comfortable. The second hand is hackable, meaning that when you pull out the crown, it stops the second hand, so that you can truly synchronize your watch with others. The crystal is plastic, but clear. I understand from other reviews that it might be easily scratchable. I like the look of the watch, especially the nuclear symbol. The caseback is metal and the case is fiber. It is supposed to be very durable and it seems like it will be. I bought this for the tritium. Its one of the cheapest watches you can get with tritium. Its not quite as bright as I had hoped, but it is still very cool.I wish the second hand had some on it, or at least some lume. All in all, so far so good and just as I expected.

    UPDATE: I have now had this watch for a little over a year. The good news is that I liked the watch and the Tritium was actually brighter than I originally thought. It was the Tritium that drew me to this watch. However, there is more bad news than good. Firstly, it was quite poor at keeping time. At first I thought it might be that I let it wind down too much, so I made sure I wound it regularly. This had no noticeable effect on accuracy. Secondly, the plastic crystal IS easily scratched, despite my really not abusing it. In no time, I had a fine collection of scratches. Lastly, just a little bit after the expiration of the warranty, the crown and crown stem broke off. It just became completely detached. I emailed the company seeking some assistance and have yet to hear back.
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    11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By kevin c. on September 8, 2013
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    I decided to buy this for myself as a Birthday gift this past July. I was looking for a diver but when I saw this Marathon with a 17 jewel movement and T25 tubes for $150 I had to jump on it. There are some good and not so good things about this watch.

    First the good
    Light Weight due to its hard resin plastic case

    Good size for a military watch (I'm not in the military nor have I ever been) but I can see why, they made the case this size 36mm.

    Great lume the T25 tubes light up nicely and doesn't require any light source to charge them up.

    Now the bad
    The crystal is your plastic or acrylic which can be buffed out using toothpaste or polymatch haven't used it yet.

    Marathon claims it has a 36 hour Power Reserve? The most I've gotten out of it is 24 hours which is still not what the company says it is.

    All in all its a good watch but lacks a good solid crystal and lack of power reserve. For what I paid at the time $150 its not a bad watch with a mechanical Swiss Made movement (don't know who makes it) and T25 tubes.
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    9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Pseudonym on March 30, 2014
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    I'll start out by saying that I love military/aviation/marine watches. So when I saw the Marathon watch it immediately went on my must get list. The Marathon gen purpose's design is based on MIL-SPEC MIL-W-46374 used in the Vietnam war era which is a design that predates the GG-W-113. What truly sets this watch apart though is that it utilizes the best parts of both modern watches and historical watches of that era. The crystal is true to history and is domed acrylic like its historical counterpart. However unlike watches of that era which were made to be disposed of once they were broken and hence did not have a caseback that could be opened, the Marathon gen purpose has a snap-on caseback. This allows you to service the watch (every 5 years like you should any mechanical watch to ensure lasting running condition). Furthermore, unlike the trend of modern military watches which utilize quartz technology this watch is a mechanical watch which I greatly appreciate as with great care a mechanical watch can last generations. The movement is a very solid movement and like most handwound movements should be wounded up once a day. It is highly accurate and maybe I was lucky but mine stays within +/-10 a day. If you are a stickler about your watch keeping time to the second though you might probably want a quartz watch which will be more accurate than a mechanical. The tritium tubes offer moderate brightness in the dark. Unlike luminova watches, these tubes require no charging and will not decrease in intensity over time in the dark so it is very useful for people who need to read watches in the dark a lot. However you should be aware that after about 10 years or so the tritium will begin to fade and cease to illuminate the watch.

    So in summary should you get this watch? If you like military watches and mechanical watches, I don't see how you can pass on it.
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    5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By John Rollins Jr on October 3, 2012
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    My new favorite watch. I had been wanting something with tritium for a while, but most are out of my price range. This one has the minor disadvantage of needing to be wound up regularly, which gets interesting since I often forget to do so - but I'm getting better at it. One of the chores of switching from a battery lifestyle to a manual watch. So far mine has kept excellent time(it's no atomic timepiece, but it doesn't seem to loose more than a minute or 2 a week from what I've seen of mine). It was much smaller than I expected, much smaller than my other watches. Perhaps a side effect of that was that the strap was incredibly short - I could barely get it on in the last hole! So that got swapped out very quickly for a NATO-style strap which was about an inch longer. It can be hard to find straps small enough for this watch, most common straps are 18mm or 21mm or whatever, while this watch uses a very small 16mm strap - not many options of the "tactical" variety, and I could find none that had blacked out hardware like what came with the watch.
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