Anyone have a Marathon Watch service at Marathon Company
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    Anyone have a Marathon Watch service at Marathon Company

    All,

    Thanks in advance for looking at my post. I have a Marathon Automatic (2005) that I purchase a few months ago on Ebay. This is the GSAR and of all the watches I have I really like this one, though I still really like my Tag Heuer Super Professional and my Hamilton BelowZero. Recently the seconds hand fell out and I sent it to marathon to fix it. Since I am the second owner, and the first owner did any maintenance, I knew at some point I would have to get it service. ITs around $470 to do the following

    *Standard Service Diver Automatic Movement
    Replace Hands - 3 Hand Set
    Replace Dial - Optional
    Replace Bezel Insert - Optional

    They told me that


    • When the hand set is replaced, the dial is recommended to be replaced as well so that the illumination I son par between the two components.
    • The new dial will have more divisions between hour markers.


    My watch is pictured below on the left, what would look like after service is on the right

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    So here is my question, I know that the tritium tubes are at least 12 years old so they are probably a lot dimmer then when it was new. Also the bezel is pretty beat up so adding that these gives me almost a new watch. What would you do, would you replace the bezel and the dial if you were replacing the watch hands so they match. Not that this matter as I don;t think I would sell this but does it bring down the value of the watch long term. Any thoughts would be great

    Thanks

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    Re: Anyone have a Marathon Watch service at Marathon Company

    It's not a vintage Rolex, so I think having new, completely functional parts would be more valuable. Change 'em out.
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    Re: Anyone have a Marathon Watch service at Marathon Company

    i'll go the other way: i think the beat-up bezel has more character, and i prefer the cleaner dial w/o the extra markers. i would then put up with the mismatch of tritium illumination.

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    I would go for it. It will come back essentially like a new watch complete with pressure test. They do a great job.

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    Re: Anyone have a Marathon Watch service at Marathon Company

    Thanks for everyone that posted a reply. I went back and forth about it but decided to keep the dial and bezel as is. I really don't like the new dial and I do agree that the old bezel adds character. Then I can continue to save up as I am working to purchase an omega speedmaster next .
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