To mark Canada Day 2023, I am proud to present the highly anticipated Red Maple Anthracite GSAR. This is a limited-edition timepiece that tells a captivating story of history, service, and pride.
Many years ago, we embarked on a journey to create something truly special for the Canadian Department of Defence inspired by Canada’s 140th year of confederation. The result was the Red Maple GSAR, a limited-edition masterpiece that captured the hearts of watch enthusiasts worldwide. It quickly became a sell-out success, leaving a mark on the horological landscape.
But the story doesn't end there. Recently, during an examination of our NOS (New Old Stock) in our factory in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland, I made an astonishing discovery. I stumbled upon a number of blank Red Maple dials, preserved and untouched. I just knew we had to use them for something special, and so the team and I have worked tirelessly to prepare this project.
It is with great excitement that we announce the reincarnation of these preserved dials into the Red Maple Anthracite GSAR. A limited quantity of only 72 watches has been created, ensuring their exclusivity and rarity. This will be the last time we use these precious Red Maple dials, as such, we guarantee that this release will forever remain unique and irreplaceable.
For those who have been with us from the beginning, you'll remember that the original Red Maple GSAR featured a distinctive reflective red foil maple leaf applique. These 72 timepieces will be the final embodiment of that design choice, making them a true collector's item. Featuring a new case back inscribed with the Canadian Army motto “Vigilamus Pro Te” meaning “We Stand on Guard for Thee,” this timepiece stands as a symbol of our Canadian heritage and pride. The Red Maple Anthracite GSAR is a testament to the exceptional craftsmanship and unwavering dedication to excellence that Marathon Watch Company stands for.
Join us in celebrating Canada Day 2023, marking the official release date of the Red Maple Anthracite GSAR. Act quickly to be one of the privileged few to own a piece of Canadian horological history. As we look to the future, we will continue to honour our past and preserve our Canadian values. For this reason, we are donating 5% of all proceeds from this launch to the Canadian Red Cross to provide aid for the wildfires across Canada. At Marathon, we embody the spirit of Canada in everything we do.
Happy Canada Day!
Mitchell Wein, President
Marathon Watch Company Ltd.