Within the Marathon lineup, their Government Search and Rescue (GSAR) models are all but iconic for the brand. It shouldn’t be a surprise, then, that it’s become a platform for various special editions. Today, on Canada Day, there’s a new Marathon Arctic Red Maple GSAR available.

  • Arctic Red Maple GSAR
  • Arctic Red Maple GSAR

Arctic Red Maple GSAR: what’s different

This is not the only version of the Maple that Marathon has released. Prior versions featured a black dial, and then the maple leaf either in bright red or a stealthier grey. This time around, we’re dealing with a bright white dial with the maple leaf in red.

If you get one of the 157 limited-edition models, you also get some other additional touches. For one, you get a numbered caseback. For another, you get a curious engraving on the side of the case: ADANAC. What’s this? It’s Canada spelled backwards, and there’s a particular reason for it. When Marathon was supplying Allied Forces, branding on watches was limited. So, they put the ADANAC on it to make it clear the watch hailed from the great white north.

  • Arctic Red Maple GSAR

What’s the same?

As you might expect, under the covers, the Arctic Red Maple GSAR is the same as other 41mm GSAR models. You have 41mm stainless steel case protecting the Sellita SW200-1 movement, with a 300m WR rating. Topping the crystal, you’ve got a unidirectional bezel. Then, finally, you have tritium tubes on the dial and hands, and a bezel pip ensuring that visibility is maintained, even in the dark.

  • Arctic Red Maple GSAR

Wrapping things up

The special edition of the Marathon Arctic Red Maple GSAR is available today, July 1. Only 157 of these special editions will be made with ADANAC (Canada spelled backwards) engraved on the side of the case. If you miss out on those, standard versions – without ADANAC – will be available for $1,600. marathonwatch.com


  • Commonly known as the Government Search and Rescue (GSAR). The Government Search and Rescue (GSAR) is the most storied and venerable of our SAR Class of watches
  • Marathon’s 41mm Arctic Red Maple Edition Large Diver’s Automatic is a renowned Government Search and Rescue (GSAR) timepiece.
  • This model features a stark white dial specially chosen to increase legibility in bright environments and is adorned with a Red Maple Leaf dial appliqué, paying homage to Canada’s rich military heritage.
  • Designed in Canada, this watch is Swiss-made and features a 26 Jewel Sellita SW200-1 movement with Incabloc™ shock absorber providing premium precision.
  • The outer shell of the Arctic Red Maple GSAR consists of a 316L stainless steel case with a brushed finish (measuring 41mm in diameter and 14mm thick), a screw-in crown, and a sapphire crystal. The unidirectional bezel with 60-minute scale and two dial scales (1-12 and 13-24) ensures precise timing for professional or recreational diving.
  • The Arctic Red Maple GSAR also features tritium gas tubes on all hour markers and the full hand set for constant illumination in low light conditions, with an orange tritium marker at the 12 o’clock position and a MaraGlo™ bezel pip for easy orientation. The watch is rated 30ATM, allowing it to function at depths of up to 300M (1000FT) underwater.

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Last Update: July 1, 2024