The Fortis watch company was established by Walter Vogt in 1912 in the city of Grenchen, Switzerland. The owner, a watchmaker brought John Harwood, inventor of the automatic type wristwatch on board later to combine their innovative skills in watchmaking. For more than a century the Swiss brand has been producing some of the finest quality watches in the world. The purchase of a Fortis is an investment as these watches tend to retain their value over time. Here are the 10 best Fortis watches of all-time.
10. Fortis Terrestis Orchestra
The Terrestis Orchestra is a favorite model that combines the nostalgia of the 1930s with a classical aesthetic. It is a simplistic masterpiece made of premium materials and outstanding craftsmanship. It features a 40mm x 10mm case that is made of high-quality 316L stainless steel. The dial is made of anthracite and is accented with indexes and hands crafted with 5N rose gold coating. The watch is powered with a Swiss ETA 2895-2 mechanical self-winding movement
9. Fortis B-42 Mars 500
The B-42 Mars 500 is a professional diver watch and one of Fortis' best-selling models in the line. The case is made with 316L stainless steel material that has been black PVD treated. It measures 42 mm in diameter. The dial is a cool black color with accents of vibrant orange for the hour and minute hands with sporty sub-counters. This watch is powered with a Valjoux ETA 7750 mechanical self-winding chronograph movement. It is well-balanced in weight, comfortable on the wrist, and is water-resistant up to 200 meters.
8. Fortis Classic Cosmonauts Chronograph Steel Limited Edition
This example has been produced in a strictly limited edition of just 100 pieces distributed throughout the world. Features of this watch include a luminous dial and steel bezel. The stainless steel case measures 42 mm in width and 15 mm in thickness with a lug width of 20 mm. The case back is transparent which offers a view of the mechanical inner workings of the watch. The dial is white and luminous for good legibility in all lighting conditions with three subdials indicating the chronograph functions and it is covered with a sapphire crystal glass. It is powered with an automatic mechanical chronograph movement and is water-resistant up to 100 meters. The bracelet is made of stainless steel.
7. Fortis Tycoon Date AM
The Tycoon Date AM features an exhibition case back which makes the watch as interesting when you flip it over as when it is worn on the wrist. The Silver Opaline dial offers a simple aesthetic in classic styling with red hands and indexes for accent. The case is made of stainless steel and measures 41 mm in width and 11 mm in thickness with a lug width of 20 mm. The movement is an automatic mechanical type. The watch is covered with a crystal sapphire glass both front and back and is water-resistant up to 50 meters.
6. Fortis Aviatis F-43 Recon Big Day/Date
This is a limited edition wristwatch that was made in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the Fortis watchmaker in 2012. The case is made of stainless steel and measures 43 mm in width. It is powered by a Valjoux ETA 7750 mechanical self-winding chronograph movement. Gold and blue accent the dial with large day and date indications.
5. Fortis Men's K B-47
This example is also known as the Big Black K B-47 with an automatic unidirectional rotating bezel made of rubber material. The case is made of stainless steel and the dial features a day and date indication. It is powered by a Swiss automatic movement and covered with a sapphire crystal treated with anti-reflective coating. This watch is resistant to water up to 660 feet adn is intended for use during recreational scuba diving.
4. Fortis Spacematic Pilot Professional
The Spacematic Pilot Professional features a black dial with day and date, along with the day of the week display. Silver-toned accents and black on the hands give it good legibility with Arabic numeral and hour markers and minute markers surrounding the outer rim. The markers and hands are luminescent. The case is 40 mm in diameter with a thickness of 12 mm and is made of black ion-plated stainless steel. The bezel is a fixed type that is also made of black ion-plated steel. The watch is powered by a Swiss-made automatic movement with day, date, hour, minute, and second functions. The strap is made of black rubber and the dial is covered with a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal glass. This watch is resistant to water up to 330 feet.
3. Fortis Flieger Cockpit one 1 Aviatis watch day date Automatic 704.21.18 L.01
This example features an exhibition case back that allows you to see the inner workings of the mechanical movement beneath. The case is made of stainless steel measuring 41 mm in width and 12 mm in depth. The bezel is a fixed type also made of stainless steel. The dial is black with luminous index hour markers and hands, also in black. Arabic numerals are set on the dial at the 6,9, and 12 o'clock positions with the same style minute markers at 5-minute intervals, with minute markers surrounding the outer rim. It is powered with a Swiss-made automatic movement with a 40-hour power reserve. This watch is water-resistant up to 330 feet.
2. Fortis Men's Marinemaster Black Automatic Chronograph
The Marinemaster features a classy dial set with a chronograph and tachymeter. The complications are displayed through the subdials on the face of the watch. The case is made of stainless steel with a transparent exhibition case back made of sapphire crystal, and another on the front to protect the dial and movement beneath. The automatic shock absorber gives this watch durability and it is resistant to water up to 165 feet making it suitable for showering and swimming.
1. Fortis Men's Hedonist
The Hedonist is an analog display watch powered by a Swiss automatic self-winding ETA 2895-2 movement with 21 jewels and a power reserve of 42 hours. The dial is unique, made of anthracite featuring dot hour markers and raised Arabic numerals. The case measures 40 mm in width and is made of stainless steel. This watch is resistant to water up to 165 feet making it suitable for swimming or showering.
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