Windy City Watch Collector is dedicated to providing new, pre-owned and vintage military, precision timing and navigation instruments.  As avid watch collectors and enthusiasts ourselves, we know the importance of finding the right unique timepiece for daily wear as well as to add to a collection.

With over 30,000 customers worldwide since our founding in 1996, we must be doing it right!

Our philosophy is to stock only unique timepieces that we’d want ourselves and trust in our adventures afield.  We attempt to handle all inquiries with care, courtesy, and efficiency.

We would be pleased to supply you with your next unique timepiece!

Regards — Chris Hooper


Marathon watch – Actual Military Issue

Windy City Watch Collector is proud to be the oldest authorized dealer for the Marathon Watch Company.  In 1996, we began supplying Marathon Watches to other collectors, law enforcement personnel, individuals engaged in outdoor activities for work and pleasure and others people that just wanted a well built and rugged watch with tritium illumination.  Marathon watches combine military durability with Swiss craftsmanship to guarantee the highest level of quality and accuracy in manufacturing!

All new Marathon Watches purchased from Windy City Watch Collector are covered by Marathon’s full 2-year warranty.

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Marathon watch sizes
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History of the Marathon Watch Company

The company that was to become Marathon was founded in 1904 as Weinsturm Watch, later to be named Wein Brothers. In 1939 Morris Wein founded Marathon Watch in Montreal, supplying fine precision timepieces to retailers throughout North America. In 1941 Marathon began manufacturing timing instruments for the Allied Forces, and that tradition continues today with its fourth generation manufacturing fine quality innovative instruments measuring time, temperature and distance.

During the first Gulf War, the US army sent out an urgent request for a true military watch. Enter Marathon, already a tried and trusted supplier. For their extensive service, Marathon became the U.S. military watch of choice.  Marathon watches are now standard issue for the U.S. Army, Navy, Marine Corps, NASA, Canadian Armed Forces and Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) as well as law enforcement and government agencies worldwide.  They continue to provide ever more innovative watches to government and military forces globally.

In 1996 Windy City Watch Collector began to sell Marathon watches to like-minded watch enthusiasts and collectors from a location on Lake Shore Drive in Chicago and later established a location on a central canal in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.  Windy City Watch Collector the oldest retailer of Marathon Watches to the public in the US and Europe!

Windy City Watch Collector is pleased to offer a military, law enforcement, and emergency services discount as well as large order procurement on Marathon products.  Please contact us for details.  

Marathon watches combine military durability with Swiss craftsmanship to guarantee the highest level of quality and accuracy in manufacturing. Marathon’s manufacturing facilities include Switzerland, Canada, and the USA!

–> Choose your Marathon Watch today: best price + service!