Marathon 17 jewel mechanical review

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Marathon 17 jewel mechanical review

Postby abduksion » September 27th 2013, 6:03pm

I have some good and not so good things to say about this watch.
I decided to buy this watch this past July as a BD gift to myself, I never owned a Marathon watch before and
didn't know what to expect. So here it goes.
Specs
Case size is a 34mm
Case material hard plastic (I honestly have no idea feels plastic to me)
12/24 hour format
Acrylic crystal
T25 tritium tubes
Nato style military strap with fixed bars (might be a problem for some who like to wear normale straps)
17 jewel movement (no name probably in house) with hacking.
30m wr?
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Here's my good and not so good about this watch.


Good things

Decent case size 34mm anyone can wear it even those of you with Daniel Green sized wristed

Dial is your typical black military style with both 12/24 hour format

Marathon name with US Government written underneath the 12' O'clock position

H3 and radioactive symbols on the dial

T25 tubes so it glows all the time with no light source needed to charge it plus it last 25 years (Sorry no lume shot its a pain in the ass to photo)

Bad things

Case could be bigger like 36-38mm again even in these size anyone could wear it.

Plastic crystal which is prone to scratches (Thank God for polywatch and toothpaste to buff out the scratches)

Power Reserve is claimed to be 36hrs the most I've gotten so far is 24hrs. I either got a bad movement or marathon is full of crap
with its claims? I read a review on Amazon a couple weeks after receiving this watch from some other guy also having the same problem with the So claimed "power reserve'' Not saying the movement is bad but could be better I have no idea if its made by ETA, Sellita, or By some guy named uncle Bob down the road. Just says Marathon 17 jewels.

Strap is good and soft but only problem is you can't put any strap on except a nato or zulu.

Overall the watch is good for what it is if your looking for a military watch with a decent size, killer t25 tubes, and a mechanical movement this is it. However I have to admit the cost is a little steep for the MSRP asking price. Is it worth the $200 Marathon as it listed for on their site? Honestly that's up to the consumer to decide.
I'm gonna give it a 3 out of 5 in terms of the rating.
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Re: Marathon 17 jewel mechanical review

Postby Airframer » September 27th 2013, 6:13pm

That would be an awesome field watch if it was less expensive
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Re: Marathon 17 jewel mechanical review

Postby Horse Feathers » September 27th 2013, 6:22pm

Nice review Kevin

Quick question, how many jewels does it have ?
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Re: Marathon 17 jewel mechanical review

Postby abduksion » September 27th 2013, 6:28pm

Airframer wrote:That would be an awesome field watch if it was less expensive


The watch is good and I wasn't expecting much never owned a Marathon before ordering this one. Keep in mind this isn't one of Marathon's best sellers like the GSAR, or JSAR. Of course those are gonna cost between $500-1,500.
If you are looking for a Military style watch similar to the Marathon checkout this one by Timex.

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Timex-Men-s-O ... h/10788730
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Re: Marathon 17 jewel mechanical review

Postby abduksion » September 27th 2013, 6:29pm

Horse Feathers wrote:Nice review Kevin

Quick question, how many jewels does it have ?


:lol:
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Re: Marathon 17 jewel mechanical review

Postby 3Flushes » September 27th 2013, 6:31pm

Nice write-up. Agree with you about the size, too small for me. 38-40 would be better, they don't seem to have any trouble selling them though. With the PR being 1/3 under the specs, it might be worth contacting Marathon to see if there is a problem with the movement, or if they changed what they pop in without changing the literature.
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Re: Marathon 17 jewel mechanical review

Postby Horse Feathers » September 27th 2013, 6:32pm

abduksion wrote:
Horse Feathers wrote:Nice review Kevin

Quick question, how many jewels does it have ?


:lol:


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Re: Marathon 17 jewel mechanical review

Postby abduksion » September 27th 2013, 7:00pm

3Flushes wrote:Nice write-up. Agree with you about the size, too small for me. 38-40 would be better, they don't seem to have any trouble selling them though. With the PR being 1/3 under the specs, it might be worth contacting Marathon to see if there is a problem with the movement, or if they changed what they pop in without changing the literature.


I know a guy 15-20 minutes away from me who said it could just need a cleaning? If so it could be done for free.

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