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Windy City Watch Collector Open for Business: COVID-19 UPDATE

With the ongoing COVID-19 worldwide situation, Windy City Watch Collector remains at the ready to assist you, our customer, throughout this situation and are currently open 24 hours/ 7-days a week. Our web site and other service channels are available to you, and we are making shipments on a daily basis via USPS and DHL […]

Marathon Watch Sale

WINTER SALE: Save up to 45% + Gift w/ Marathon Watch Purchase: Official Marathon Winter SALE!

Save up to 45% on select products + Receive a Warm Holiday Gift w/ your Marathon Watch Purchase! — Still time to order! Cold weather is here and in honor of the holiday season, receive a gift from us…. an official Canadian Toque aka winter watch cap (NSN: 8405-21-891-3611).  Simply purchase $75 or more in […]

Holiday Gift Marathon Watch Purchase

Stay warm…Marathon Winter Toque FREE with purchase!

HISTORY OF THE TOQUE:In Canada, “toque” is the common name for a knitted winter hat.This fashionable toque is said to have originated with the“Coureurs de bois”; French and Métis fur traders, who kepttheir woolen nightcaps on for warmth during both coldwinter nights and days.SPECIFICATIONS:Navy Blue3/8” overlocked stitchedKnitted, 100% acrylic,worsted spun yarnFour tapered end seamsThree-headedoveredge seam […]

Actual military ssue Marathon TSAR watch

SEMPER FIDELIS: Out of Iraq: The Story of an Issued Military Watch

This article originally appeared on OCTOBER 15, 2018 in the  WATCHES section of Gear Patrol, By JON CUSTIS,  Photo by HUNTER D. KELLEY A former Marine speaks about the Marathon TSAR he was issued while in the service and how he used it downrange….. Although an entire genre of horology is dedicated to the military-issued watch, there are very few accounts written […]

New Marathon black GSAR dive watch

Introducing the new Marathon Black GSAR Dive Watch

Windy City Watch Collector is pleased to introduce the new Marathon black GSAR dive watch.  Marathon’s new Anthracite Black Search & Rescue Diver’s Automatic wrist watch features sleek matte Anthracite IP coating on the watch case, bezel and crown elevates the watch and provides superior scratch resistance. The Anthracite IP coating is 3 times harder than stainless steel! The Marathon […]

Books on sale — Benefit NAWCC

The National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors (NAWCC) promotes horology.  This weekend, they are having a sale on extra books from their library as well as tools and parts: Up to 25% off sale on selected items in NAWCC’s eBay store. Be sure to check it out.  If you are not already a member, […]

James L. Hooper

Commemorating a great person: Dr. James L. Hooper

Some of you may know it’s been a challenging 2 months due to my father’s sudden diagnosis at the end of January with a very aggressive brain tumor (Glioblastoma Multiform). After an extremely courageous and determined battle, Dr. James L. Hooper, my Dad, is now at peace.   Dad was an integral part of Windy City Watch […]

Welcome to the newly revised Windy City Watch Collector

Welcome and thanks for visiting my vintage watches, military watches and marine chronometers web site!  Please be sure to add this vintage timepieces site to your “bookmarks”.   My background:   I am an active member of the National Association of Watch & Clock Collectors (NAWCC) since 1988 and the Society for Military Horologists.  Some of my watches and bands appeared […]