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Nice watch at a good price
on January 22, 2013
I have been wearing a Luminox "navy seal" watch with stainless body and black rubber band for about ten years and the brightness has faded a little. I was looking for a replacement watch that also had tritium tubes for night visibility. There are a lot more choices now than there were ten years ago. I kept coming back to this Marathon watch for it's simplicity and appealing style. I don't like the blue, orange, or red dials and faces from Luminox and many other newer watches. I also do not like the trend to huge watches that you are always aware you are lugging around. I read some poor reviews on the Smith & Wesson so I did not go there. The Marathon reminds me most of my original Luminox, and therefore there went I.
I could not be happier. The watch arrived as expected in a brown cardboard box. I do not know if it is a "real" military spec watch, but it definitely has that feel. The watch looks and feels great. I set the time and I have not had a problem with the watch since I first put it on over a month ago. I really like the bright night view with the tritium tubes. They glow all night without any reduction in brightness. I will never go back to the standard glow-paint that fades to dark after a short time.
The band is a nylon style strap that goes under the watch body. I am a big guy, and I have the watch on the third to last hole in the band (there are 8 more holes to use if you have a smaller wrist).
As an older person now (55) I like analog watches which are easier for me to read without glasses (I wear 2.5mag reading glasses). As much as I hate to say it, digital watches are difficult for me read. The white hands against a black background on this watch make reading the time as easy as a quick glance. The small orange arrowhead on the second hand is also a nice touch. The date is too small to read without glasses (but I usually know what day it is without looking).
Now the bezel: I am someone that actually uses the rotating bezel on my watches on a regular basis. I use it to measure cooking times, walking times or just about anything that I want to time that is less than an hour. The only negative I see with this watch is that the bezel is bi-directional. I prefer a unidirectional bezel. On the plus side, the bezel does not move too easily in either direction, so you have to put some effort into moving it (which is good). It was explained to me a long time ago, that for scuba divers, you want a unidirectional bezel for timing your dive: if you do accidentally bump and move the bezel, then you can only give yourself less time underwater. That could be a life-altering event if you thought you had more time remaining on your tanks than you actually do. That being said, this is not advertised as a scuba watch and so being able to move the bezel in either direction is probably not that big a deal. I am coping with it rather well.
Water resistance: I have not had it in the pool or in the ocean. I have had it in the bath tup and the shower and have not had any leaks or fogging. So far, so good. I will take it for a swim when it warms up and may re-post if I find any problems.
Odd shape to the watch case: I thought it was cool that the case protruded out on the right side to shield the knob from being damaged. I pointed this out to a friend, and he said that "should come in handy when you are out fighting bad guys". I am a 55 year old man with a military style watch. I guess somewhere deep down, I like to fancy myself still capable of getting out and fighting the bad guys, but my friends point is well taken.
The crystal does stick up above the face of the watch. I was worried about scratches, but so far so good - none that I can see.
FYI so you know my perspective: I am a boater and a an occasional hunter. I wear a jacket to work. I drive a mercedes and also a pick-up truck. I live in Texas. My other watches are a "navy seal" from Luminox (my favorite), a dress rolex from my first marriage, a sport rolex from my deceased father, a timex field watch, and about a half-dozen other sport watches that do not measure up (they look and feel cheap while they are trying to look and feel cool). About the rolexes - I would not buy one again - they look great and they are durable, but it now cost about $600 every two to three years just to keep them running with service from an authorized dealer. I prefer quartz to mechanical watches for timekeeping and maintenance. I like to be able to get my watches wet and dirty without worrying about their failure.
Overall - this is a good watch, has good timekeeping, is easy to read with old eyes, is great in the dark, is probably ok in shallow water, is a good price at around $150. I would have given this watch a 4.5 (but I had to choose a four or a five star raging, so I gave it a four). I hope this helps!