Marathon Pilot’s Navigator

Although it may look like a fairly run of the mill watch, the Marathon Pilot Navigator is actually built to meet strict military specifications. It was designed for pilots, parachutists and law enforcement so you can be sure that this is a tough watch that will be reliable in all environments. This particular model dates back to 1986. The Kelly Air Force Base requested a watch that was legible and able to withstand the huge changes in altitude and pressure that airmen faced on a daily basis. Marathon created the Quartz Pilot Navigator to meet those requirements.

Although the case back is made from 316L stainless steel, the case itself is a specialized fibershell that is lightweight, resistant to sweat and shock resistant. In place of lume, the Marathon Pilot Navigator uses self-contained Tritium gas tubes on the hands of the watch. Tritium tubes will glow all night without needing to be charged by external light. They won’t dim like traditional lume, so you will always be able to tell the time in low light scenarios.

Watch Specifications

  • Case Size: 41mm
  • Case Thickness: 13mm
  • Lug to Lug: 47mm
  • Strap width: 20mm
  • Movement: High-torque quartz ETA FØ6
  • Power Reserve: 5 years
  • Water Resistance: 60m
  • Crystal: Sapphire

The Navigator comes with a reliable high-torque Swiss quartz movement that is accurate to half a second (or less) per day. Few automatic watches will ever come close to accuracy like this and if you are going to be using it in the field, accuracy is important. Although it is powered by a battery, the ETA movement has an end of life indicator. When the battery is low, the second hand will jump four seconds at a time, instead of one, to let you know that a replacement cell is needed soon.

The Marathon Pilot Navigator is a compelling choice for service men and women, or for those who want a military style watch that is built to last.

Video Review of the Marathon Pilot Navigator

About Marathon

Marathon is a Swiss owned watch company with a history that dates back to 1904. The company first operated under the name  Weinstrum Watch, and did not become Marathon Watch until 1939. Today, they are synonymous with building watches for the US and Canadian military. It is run by a third generation family. The watches are still designed in Canada, but are now made in Switzerland to ensure quality and durability.

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