The Marathon Watch Company’s origin dates back to Weinsturm Watch, that was founded in 1904, later becoming the company we are now familiar with today in 1941. I have always been a fan of the watches produced by the Canadian based company. Most people who follow various watch blogs and forums are quite familiar with their offerings such as the JSAR, TSAR and GSAR, but many may not be quite as familiar with the Navigator series. Navigator models are relatively affordable, functional, and built for some abuse; perfect for military, law enforcement personnel, and the weekend warrior. One of the models in the Navigator series, the Marathon Duvdevan Pilot Watch, is the official licensed watch for the Duvdevan Special Forces unit of the Israeli Defense Force (IDF).
Now that we have some company history and model background let’s move on to the watch specifics.
Duvdaven Navigator Pilot’s Watch Specifications:
Desert tan case & strap
Easy-set date function
High altitude 35000 ft
Movement: High Torque Quartz with EOL (End of life indicator for battery)
Encapsulated tritium (Isotope H3) light sources
Water resistant up to 203 ft. and dustproof
The case is a fibershell high impact material rather than stainless steel. Because this model is designed specifically for military and law enforcement, which will most certainly get knocked around, the fibershell is a much more affordable option than stainless steel. It would be much more difficult to live with dents and dings in a stainless steel case that would cost much more initially. The case, including the crown, measures approximately 43mm, 47mm lug to lug and just slightly over 12mm thick.
The case sides are truly unremarkable, as they should be, based on the intended use. There is no need for any flashy machining or engraving. The crown measures about 6mm in diameter and is the push/pull variety. No crown play is present on this example and the function positions function as they should based on the movement. I would like to point out a fantastic aspect of the case design. Like other Marathon models, the Navigator has drilled lugs, which utilize a straight lug bar for strap attachment. The lug bars slide out with adequate resistance, so no worries at least initially with the bars just falling out.