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Some a-hole stole my watch last week that my brother gave me for graduation; if I want a military/classic-looking watch for under 1200, I could really use some ideas, assuming you have the time to respond.
Nothing churns up the comment fervor like a posts on watches and beer. When Andrew asked about military watches the first thing that popped into my head was this Swiss made automatic G-Sar dive watch that is designed for the U.S. and Canadian military. The G-Sar retails for $700, pretty good for an automatic dive watch that will most likely last a lifetime. The G-Sar was developed by the Montreal Ontario based Marathon Watch Company who has been making precision timepieces since 1904.
In my book, $700 for a really well made military time piece is money well spent. In 2005 the U.S. government ordered 200 G-Sar watches under a GSA contract for soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan. Additionally, there was a “production overrun” of watches that were put up for sale to the general public. Don’t worry though, the watches are still stamped with “U.S. Government,” making you feel like you are special forces.
In addition to buying the G-Sar, I recommend you upgrade the watch strap to a nylon Zulu strap as pictured below.
Another option for a good military watch would be the Marathon J-Sar. This watch is so badass the County Comm product page carries the warning, “BEWARE: This watch is VERY Large.” The J-Sar is less expensive (retails for $475) than the G-Sar and is Quartz, but it still looks nice and will will hold up over time. So there you have it. Now the only question is, what kind of beer to buy with all of that left over money. Everything on this page can be purchased through County Comm.
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