Keeping Time: Marathon Blog

October 10th, 2017

Watch Bands: At-Home Care Made Easy!


Keeping your watch bands in pristine condition is not as difficult as you may think. Just like a car, mobile phone or silver utensils, you can clean and care for your watch at home.
Here are a few tips and tricks for keeping your watch and band looking in tip-top shape. After all, watches are meant to be worn!**

Problem: Black scuff marks across the edges, sticky residue from outside sources or dirty stains on rubber bands.
Solution: Use a soft-bristle toothbrush (not your own, a separate one) add some dish soap and water and gently brush it. It’s that simple – brush and rinse. Your dentist will love this trick!


Problem: Dirt, sweat and odors on Nylon bands.
Solution: Rinse under warm water and add little laundry or dish detergent. Nylon is actually machine-washable so detach it from your watch and throw it in with a load of laundry! Tumble dry on low or air dry and voila, fresh and clean!


Problem: Dirt and fingerprints on your stainless steel bracelets.
Solution: Gently scrub your bracelet with a toothbrush and a mild detergent or dish detergent under warm water. Good as new!

Care and concern for our products is at the top of our list. We want our customers to have a great experience whether they are wearing their watch brand new, a month in or 3 years after purchase. These easy-to-do cleaning and care tips will make your watch shine and sparkle for years to come!


**Always ensure that the crown on your dive watch is screwed in completely. For Nylon straps, completely remove from the watch case before washing.



September 29th, 2017


Giving Back:  How a Random Act of Kindness Can Create Big Change!

It’s always the season to give. Just ask Marathon Watch Company Vice-President Mitchell Wein. When asked what causes and interests are close to his heart, seniors are near the top of his list. When giving time and money, Wein never forgets Toronto foundations like the
United Jewish Appeal. UJA helps a whole magnitude of people throughout Canada with their many programs and charitable foundations throughout the country. One of their focuses is seniors, specifically Holocaust survivors who have immigrated to Canada. When Wein wanted to donate surplus blankets that Marathon Watch Company produced on contract for the Department of National Defence (DND), UJA pointed him in the direction of The Bernard Betel Centre. The Bernard Betel Centre empowers seniors to live happy, creative and rich lives in a Jewish environment.  Upon donating, Wein never even thought he would see where these blankets ended up.

Stumbling upon the article Surviving again: How needy Holocaust survivors cope with poverty, recently written in the Toronto Star, he found that his blankets were being put to the best use. Seniors, specifically Holocaust survivors, in need were the ones getting them. “It’s so great when you get to see how the time and money you gave helped someone else”, explains Wein. “You never know where something will end up and with whom, so when you get to see someone benefiting from a small random act of kindness it’s an incredible feeling.”

With the holidays approaching and people buying gifts for family and friends, as well as gifts for themselves, it’s crucial we remember those not as fortunate as ourselves. Wein explains that his and other companies that are large military contractors have surplus products on hand and they need to start thinking about donating them! Donations of money, food, clothing, household appliances are constantly in demand. Another way to give is with your time. Visiting the sick or elderly, offering to drive someone without a means of transportation on errands, or help run programs for underprivileged youth.

“…When you get to see someone benefiting 
from a small random act of kindness
it’s an incredible feeling!” – Mitchell Wein, Vice-President