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Prefer American cheese to Swiss? Then perhaps the Maratac Pilot is for you

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So, yesterday’s post covered a remake of an original Swiss Army knife.  Today, we’ll take a look at something from a company right here in the US of A -the Maratac Pilot by CountyComm.  CountyComm is not primarily a watch manufacturer.  No, they are more known for suppying a variety of goods to law enforcement and government agencies, as well as the EDC community.

And those non-watch items seem to be very well received.  But what does this watch bring to the table?Immediately, you can see that it’s a pilot-inspired (aka Flieger) dial – very sterile, and very easy to read.  That’s one of the main selling features, for me, of this watch.  It’s not overly complicated – it’s simply a great-looking watch that will tick away the hours, minutes, and seconds for you.  You’ll get the following along with that simplicity:

  • Movement: Miyota 8245 (automatic, 21 jewel, non-hacking)
  • Power reserve:  40 hours
  • Case: 46mm stainless steel
  • Lume: super luminova C3 color.
  • 22 mm strap
  • WR: 10 ATM
  • Screw-down crown
  • Glass: Domed sapphire crystal
  • Price:  $195

I don’t know about you, but that just seems like a great value for the money.  Sure, it’s not the highest-end movement, and they’re not a watch company, but still – you’re getting a lot of bang for your buck.

At least on paper.  While I can find plenty of reviews of CountyComm’s other products on the web, it doesn’t seem that a lot of people have gone for this watch.  That personally doesn’t sway my interest, but you may have a different opinion.  Oh – and if you do have one, or know how we might be able to get a review sample to give a more in-depth look to this timepiece, be sure to let us know.

8 COMMENTS

  1. For under $200 this is a steal I just hope they don’t realize that when they get them back in stock and add another $50 to it. Looks way more accomplished than the $100 set and under but I think I will have to get one just in case:)

  2. I have this watch. Love it. No branding and simple design. Wears perfectly and with everything saved on this quality watch, I got a few different bands to wear it differently. It did have an issue with the seal and in a pool it got foggy. An easy return and I received a replacement from County Comm within a week–and that was over the holidays! I am a big fan.

  3. I see this watch reviewed as costing $200, but everywhere I see it the price is twice that. The only places I can find it are
    http://www.countycomm.com/maratacpilotlarge.html#

    and Ebay and they cost over $400. I would be keen to buy an automatic flieger without any labels (like a true pilot’s watch) at the listed price, but at $400 there are other options (such as Laco or Marathon). I am really excited about this watch.

    Does anyone know where it is for sale for the $195 listed in the article?

    • Well, that was the pricing when this article was written, five years ago – it has certainly changed since then, as has the watch itself.

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