A new variant of the well-regarded Marathon SAR (Search and Rescue) series of watches has reached the collector market, available exclusively through retailer CountyComm.
Though a Canadian company, Marathon also produces watches for the US and Canadian militaries as well as NASA divers at the National Buoyancy Lab, where astronauts train underwater for low-gravity environments.
Although the watch has arrived in time for the 2010 Winter Olympic Games currently being held in Vancouver, this particular Canadian Maple Leaf badged watch is actually not an Olympic commemorative watch. It was actually a special run commissioned by a special branch of the Canadian military. According to CountyComm, only 500 were produced and it’s not expected that any more will be made.
Like the other SAR variants, the Maple Leaf ASAR is constructed of 316L stainless steel, is rated to a water resistance of 300m, and uses the workhorse ETA 2824 automatic mechanical movement. Hands and markers are illuminated using enclosed tritium glass capsules.
In place of the “Marathon” and “US Government” badging found on typical SARiseries watches, a Maple Leaf applique badge is applied for a subtle impression.