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Marathon Upgrades Its Mil-Spec Pilot Watch With Sapphire & Composite Fiber

If you’re not well-acquainted with Marathon’s dependable, hard-wearing military watches, you should be. Not only are the company’s offerings trusted and used by troops overseas, but they’ve fostered a reputation as one of the most authentic mil-spec proprietors around, with most of their variants manufactured in accordance with US Government standards. Now, one of the brand’s most lauded timekeepers — the Pilot’s Navigator watch — has been updated for 2020.

Marathon’s Pilot’s Navigator Watch has a long and storied history serving as a trusted companion for deployed warriors throughout Iraq and Afghanistan, and now, it’s taking a step into the world of modernized wristwear. Arriving in an updated Black, Sage Green, and Desert Tan, both the Pilot’s Navigator Sapphire Crystal (with Tritium) and Sapphire Crystal (with Date + Tritium) call upon a substantial construction that meets or exceeds standards set forth by MIL-PRF-46374G Type III. A durable composite fiber shell, stainless-steel case back, polymer swivel bezel, and steel crown set the watch apart, especially when compared to the company’s previous offerings, while an ETA FØ6 high-torque Quartz movement sits at the center of it all. The cherry on top? Each of the utilitarian examples can also remain self-illuminated for up to 25 years, courtesy of Marathon’s tritium gas tubes. Head to the outfit’s website to procure one of your own for $300.

Purchase: $300