Gear Review: Maratac Pilot Watch
This Christmas, Santa was generous. He got me a watch. I’ve never been much into “blingy” man-jewelry, but I admit that I have a thing for watches. My aesthetic for man-jewelry and trinkets tends to steer towards understated and functional. So when I came across the Maratac Automatic Pilot watch from County Comm, I was immediately drawn to the “purity” of its look. This watch is clean…literally, as there are no branding marks or even the date on the face. In a classical sense, it does what a watch does…it tells the time. The hands and numbers feature “C3 lume”, which I learned is among the brightest on the market. It’s the brightest that I’ve personally seen. I compared it to my dad’s Victorinox and we could clearly see the glow fade after less than 10 seconds on the Victorinox while the Maratac continued to glow steadily. The domed sapphire slightly magnifies and accentuates the clean face. The case back is also clean, only showing a few specs for the watch and “Maratac.”
The watch is pretty big in circumference, but is relatively slim in height so I expect this will become my go-to watch for “nicer” occasions. Mind you, I’ve always liked large face watches (45mm+). I wore a Casio Sea-Pathfinder for years and then just last year moved to a Suunto Core with a beefy Hirsch Extreme band on it. Neither of those watches was very long-sleeve shirt-friendly. The Maratac nylon band that comes with the watch has proven to be very comfortable for the 2 weeks that I’ve worn it, but I don’t feel that it does the watch justice. So I’ll likely upgrade to a Steinhart Pilot leather band. I like the vintage look with the rivets in leather.
Aesthetics aside, I really dig that this watch is an automatic. The idea of a watch being powered by energy stored in a spring, I feel, gives it an air of old-school. As a novice watch “enthusiast”, I’m floored by the craftsmanship involved and still have plenty of research to do to educate myself. I still haven’t tired of hearing (and feeling) the watch wind itself whenever I move my arm. In fact, I’ve pretty much been flinging my arm about everyday for the past 2 weeks. So if you happen to see a man flinging his arm around like he’s got Tourette’s, it’s probably just me winding my watch.
In all, I love this timepiece and will likely be playing with it for years to come.