An introduction to Marathon Watches + a chance to win one of their signature timepieces

Marathon watches

The Marathon Watch Company was founded in Canada in 1939. Surprisingly though and given that long history of watchmaking, the brand is still fairly unknown to most. That’s because they don’t actively advertise and their focus has been on producing timepieces for the Canadian, British, and American militaries.

These watches have been designed to work. To get the job done and to offer complete reliability. Given their long history serving the forces, you can guarantee that precision and durability are the very cornerstones of every watch that Marathon builds. To ensure such they craft every watch in their collection in their own factory in Switzerland, using the toughest 316L stainless steel and sapphire crystal.

If these timepieces can assist in battlefield search and rescue, navigation, and aerial operations, then there is no question that they’re ready to handle anything that the everyday man encounters with ease!

There are 3 key styles of watches in the Marathon stable. The SAR (search and rescue) in 3 sizes General-Purpose entry models, and the Navigator Series.  

Across the various styles, the watches come in both quartz and automatic versions, multiple dial variations and in three sizes from 34mm to 46mm.

The Arctic Edition Large Diver’s self-winding Automatic watch is the standout in the collection for me. Its simplistic and timeless design, coupled with its 41mm sapphire crystal face, 316L stainless steel case and self-winding movement make this watch a real winner.

From a purely aesthetic point of view, I prefer a white watch face and always have but there’s another reason that Marathon favours these in their watches. The white background is said to make it easier to read the time and use the navigational tools in snow or inclement weather.

Like the rest of the collection, it was built in Marathon’s own production facility in La Chaux de Fonds, Switzerland and designed for search and rescue missions. The watches have been worn by American troops in active assignments in both Iraq and Afghanistan so there is no doubt that it’s up to the job of whatever your routine throws at it. We call it the luxury tool watch.

Head over to to explore the full Marathon Watch Company collection.

Win a Marathon Watch Company timepiece

If you like what you’ve heard about the Marathon Watch company collection, we have good news as one lucky reader will win a General Purpose Mechanical Watch worth £280 of their own.

To enter the draw, simply answer the question below and enter your details.

In which country was the Marathon Watch Company founded?

Good luck!


  1. Peter Rookyard


  2. Canada

  3. Ade Olatokun


  4. Canada



  6. Kenny scaddan

    I would like to win it

  7. Michael Butler


  8. Francisco Souza


  9. Canada


    Love to win this watch for my partner

  11. canada

  12. Canada

  13. Canada

  14. Paul Tucker


  15. Ian Walmsley


  16. Averil. Brockbank

    I. Would. Love to WIN

  17. Martin Payne.

    Could do with winning one of these watches. Very usefull.

  18. canada

  19. Canada

  20. Diane Walmsley


  21. Canada

  22. What a superb prize.

  23. Marco Mazzolini


  24. Canada

  25. Canada

  26. Paul keenan


  27. Kieran Walsh

    Canada Thanks


    wow – this would be an amazing gift I could give my husband on our 33rd wedding anniversary in June….. He would absolutely love it. x

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