Hands-On With The Sporty, Swiss Made Marathon Diver’s Automatic ‘GSAR’ Watch
With a simple function-forward design, the casual Marathon Diver's Automatic, aka "GSAR" is a 41mm steel dive watch with a grippy bezel, legible display, and tritium illumination on the markers and hands. Despite the extra depth required for the tritium tubes and the tall bezel design, the Marathon Swiss Diver Watch Automatic GSAR is just 14mm thick. With a lug-to-lug size of 48mm and a total weight of 112g, this is a dive watch that can suit a wide range of wrists.
The case is solid and utilitarian, with drilled 20mm lugs, a large knurled crown, and an entirely brushed finish. The sharp and effective jimping on the bezel edge hangs ever so slightly off the sides of the case, offering plenty of purchase, especially when wearing gloves. The action is smooth and clicky with little wiggle, and the scale is legible and straightforward in its design.
For the technical Marathon Diver's Automatic GSAR, Marathon opted for the ubiquitous but reliable ETA 2824-A2 automatic movement. I figure we all know this movement and its too-common-to-list usage with automatic Swiss Designer Watches Online over the past 20 years. Given the price point, especially as the Diver's Automatic is built in La Chaux de Fonds, Switzerland, the 2824 is good value.
On the wrist, the Marathon Diver's Automatic GSAR feels like a piece of military equipment. Not in that "it says Navy Seals on the dial" sort of way, but rather in its intent-driven design. The Marathon Diver's Automatic GSAR is like the quietly tough blue-collar sibling to a watch like the Tudor Pelagos. To put it easily, if you like the look of the Marathon Diver's Automatic GSAR, you should seriously consider picking one up. The Marathon Diver's Automatic GSAR, as it's seen here on a rubber strap, can be had directly from Marathon for a solid value for a tough, Swiss-made, adventure-ready tool watch.