Marathon Watch Company

Founded in 1939, Marathon Watch Company is based in Canada. A fourth generation, family operated company, Marathon designs and manufacture fine genuine military wrist watches, stopwatches, clocks and scientific instruments including optical equipment. Products are supplied under contract to the Canadian, U.S. and British militaries as well as other allied governments.

Clients also include major retailers in North America and around the world. Marathon’s facilities are located in Vaughan, Canada and La Chaux de Fonds, Switzerland.

A significant portion of Marathon’s wrist watch production is manufactured under contract to the U.S. Government (DoD, GSA, Department of the Navy, FAA and Federal and State departments), the Government of Canada (PWGSC, DND, CCC and other departments), the British Government (Ministry of Defence) and Israel Defense Forces.

The company specializes in many mechanical (and electro-mechanical) devices such as special lab timers, stopwatches and most recently for the US Dept. of the Navy, special chronometers and Marine clocks. Additionally, Marathon manufactures products for the Canadian Ministry of Corrections, Ministry of Health in Ontario, as well as Corrections Canada and Health Canada and the RCMP. Marathon currently supplies military grade binoculars and scopes under contract to the US Government DoD (DLA Aviation in Richmond, Virginia) and has previously supplied night vision binoculars as well.

As for performance, the company has an excellent delivery and quality rating and is a two time Bronze Medal award winner for delivery and performance by the US Government (Defense Supply Center Richmond/DLA Aviation).

The company that was to become Marathon Watch was founded in 1904 as Weinsturm Watch, later to be named Wein Brothers. In 1939, Morris Wein founded Marathon Watch, supplying fine precision timepieces throughout North America. Since 1941, Marathon has been manufacturing timing instruments for the Allied Forces, and today the fourth generation of the family continues the tradition with a wide range of instruments measuring time, temperature and distance. Marathon watches combine military durability with Swiss engineering and craftsmanship to ensure the highest level of quality and precision.

Marathon products are manufactured with the utmost care and go through various quality control measures. This attention to quality is supported by a commitment to excellent customer support to ensure the best possible product experience.

Marathon Watch Collections

General Purpose

Marathon watches are used by personnel in many different departments of the U.S. Military and Government to do their jobs effectively. Marathon composite watches such as the General Purpose Mechanical WW194003, General Purpose Quartz WW194004 and General Purpose Quartz with Date WW194015 are called the “General Purpose” watches because they are used by personnel across all departments of the military: Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and special departments within the government. (Please note that the General Purpose Mechanical (GPM) WW194003 watch was the officially contracted watch for Operation Desert Storm which began August 2, 1990 and was later referred to as the “Persian Gulf War”.) The general purpose watches have been manufactured according to various government specifications. Both the Canadian and U.S. governments purchased these watches since World War II with minor variations in their design.

Navigator Watches

Navigator watches (WW194001 & WW194013) are used by U.S. Air Force and U.S. Navy flight personnel for flight operations because the crystals on these watches are flexible and resistant to air pressure changes and their bi-directional bezel enables the watch to display two time zones. (The current President of Marathon Watch Company, Ltd., Leon Wein , was requested by Kelly Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas, to develop what would become the WW194001 Navigator wrist watch. The military required a navigation watch for combat pilots with a quartz electric movement, bi-directional, 12 hour time bezel and a crystal with a specific tolerance for air pressure changes in the event of an emergency ejection from an aircraft. The other requirement was that the hand and dial markers would glow continuously without requiring an exterior light source.)

Search and Rescue Operations – Diver’s wrist watch

Marathon watches are used by personnel in many different departments of the U.S. Military and Government to do their jobs effectively. Marathon composite watches such as the General Purpose Mechanical WW194003, General Purpose Quartz WW194004 and General Purpose Quartz with Date WW194015 are called the “General Purpose” watches because they are used by personnel across all departments of the military: Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and special departments within the government. (The General Purpose Mechanical (GPM) WW194003 watch was the officially contracted watch for Operation Desert Storm which began August 2, 1990 and was later referred to as the “Persian Gulf War”.) The general purpose watches have been manufactured according to various government specifications. Both the Canadian and U.S. governments purchased these watches since World War II with minor variations in their design.

The diver’s watches WW194006, WW194007 are used by elite dive teams and search and rescue operations for both the Canadian and U.S. militaries and coast guards. The JSAR LGP Diver’s wrist watch WW1914018 was developed for enforcement officers that required large display wristwatches with special painted MaraGlo illumination.

The JDD WW194021 was designed to satisfy the requirements of the bilingual (English & French) Canadian Forces which includes the Royal Canadian Navy, Canadian Army and Royal Canadian Air Force. It is the largest search and rescue watch developed in order to fulfill the requirement of a bilingual day and date to make an extremely large diver’s watch with large numbers and tritium gas tubes for illumination. It is the first watch that the brand used two tritium tubes at 12 o’clock and placed a specially fitted tritium tube on the second-hand.

Pilot’s Chronograph

The Pilot’s Chronograph WW194014 was developed for elite pilots in the U.S. Navy to fulfill a need for a chronograph diver’s wrist watch that incorporated decimal timing measurement (1/100th of a minute as well as 1/5th of a second timing with a total cumulative registration ability of 12 hours).

Website: https://www.marathonwatch.com

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