The A-11 Marston Mat Edition from Praesidus – Wear a piece from D-Day

The A-11 Marston Mat eddition from Praesidus

If you are following my blog, you already know that I reviewed something from Praesidus, the A-11 Origin WWII watch.

If you didn’t read it, you can check it out here.

They are launching a really special watch, the A-11 Marston Mat edition. You can actually wear a piece on your wrist from D-Day!

As the watch has not yet been released, I cannot give a full review, but I will share with you the story of the watch.

I know you will love it!

“Wear a Piece of D-Day’s Historic Metal on Your Wrist 

The 6th of June this year marks the 78th anniversary of D-Day, the historic landing of the Allied forces on the beaches of Normandy. Aimed at liberating Europe from the Germans, the WW2 operation was considered the grandest seaborne invasion, involving air, land, and sea forces.  

Marston Mat: The heart of the D-Day watch

In commemoration of this fateful event and the heroes who sacrificed their lives for freedom, we are launching our special D-Day Marston Mat watch on 6th June’22 Link. One of the key features making it exceptional is the Marston Mat dial, a perforated steel material developed for the makeshift landing strips and runways in the USA before WW2. The material was named after Marston, North Carolina, which is next to Camp Mackall airfield, where it was first used. 

The story behind Praesidus’s Marston Mat dial 

Marston Mat was used in Normandy, where the landings used to happen in 1944. Its remains were then picked up by villagers and sent to the nearby museum, where it was kept.

Last year, a member of the Praesidus team celebrated D-Day in the town. During the celebration, he met the mayor and talked to him about our brand, products, and passion for the veteran community. The mayor loved the entire concept of Praesidus and got impressed by what we do. So, he gave us permission to get the mat from the museum and suggested using it in our watches. 

Then, we sent it to an industrial metal factory, where it was de-rusted and laminated from its original thickness to 1mm. From there, the material was cut into pieces and installed on the watch dials

This is how the D-Day Marston Mat dial watch was born. 

Why own the D-Day Marston Mat dial watch?

A valuable remnant of history, the D-Day Marston Mat dial watch is available in a limited edition of 100-120 pieces. It measures 38 mm and is powered by P024 Soprod Swiss automatic movement that guarantees superior accuracy and reliability. Featuring a sapphire crystal case, it is also robust and resistant to scratches. Also notable is the genuine leather strap that is form-fitting and comfortable for all wrist sizes. Proudly assembled in the USA, it is an authentic embodiment of American horological craftsmanship. 

Relive the spirit of D-Day with a piece of history on your wrist. Be among the first to own the D-Day Marston Mat dial watch!”

Reserve your watch here: 

Technical Specifications:

  • Watch Case: 38mm Stainless Steel
  • Movement: P024 Soprod SWISS Automatic Movement
  • Glass: Double Domed Scratch Resistant Sapphire Crystal
  • Dial: Triple Printed
  • Lume: Super-Luminova
  • Straps: Leather & Canvas (Both included)
  • Assembly: American
  • Water Resistance: 5 ATM
  • Pricing: $595


I share the story with the permission of the Praesidus team.


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