While you have options between a bracelet and nato strap for the JDD, the model sent for review came with the standardized vulcanized rubber strap. While I am typically a fan of bracelets, the vulcanized rubber strap fits the bill properly for the JDD, as vulcanized rubber offers superior resistance to damage and exterior environmental elements such as Ozone, UV, and the harsh aggressions of an aquatic environment. The strap itself has a bit of flare with a flat black background and a raised carbon fiber design. Equipped with two floating keepers and a stainless steel buckle, the strap should accommodate wrists up to the 8” size comfortably.
I personally have a 7” wrist, and in my opinion, the JDD wears nicely. I do have to wear the watch a bit north on my wrist, as the crown does tend to dig into my hand with the overall 52mm width, but plays no negative effect on the overall comfort of the wear. Those with a 7.5-8” wrist, the JDD will certainly be in your wheelhouse and sit nicely on wrist.
As you can tell, the JDD by Marathon has been well thought out to withstand the toughest of conditions. My overall thoughts on the JDD are this: If you’re in the market for a watch that you can put to the test, and will withstand the test of time, this is the watch for you. From a dive watch to a tactical field watch, the JDD has superior construction, good power, a slightly domed sapphire crystal, tritium gas tubes, and basically will outlast the toughest conditions man can put to it. There’s a reason why Marathon is the only company supplying the U.S government with watches; they have perfected the durability in a timepiece. The retail price tag for the JDD on Marathon’s website is $1,361.30, but can also be found on TopSpecUS.com, who happens to be the only full-stocking authorized U.S. dealer of Marathon Military Watches, for $1,157.11. While spending a grand on a timepiece may not be for everyone, I believe the money is well spent. Once again, thank you to TopSpecUS.com for supplying the Marathon JDD sample for review.