Fortis Watches

Timepieces for Pilots, Engineers and Rocketeers
On the Frontiers of Watchmaking for 100 Years

Fortis WatchesFew watch companies are able to claim a full century of uninterrupted progress and innovation. Even fewer companies can say their watches are offered as standard equipment to astronauts. There’s only one company that can lay claim to inventing the first self-winding mechanical watch, and that company is Fortis Swiss Watches.

Fortis Watches celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2012, however, reflecting for too long on a century-gone-by might be unjust to a company so focused on the century at hand. Fortis, after all, recently surpassed 100,000 orbits of the earth taking part in manned space missions that began in 1994. This incredible fact is an exclamation point on how a small Swiss company from Grenchen went from local watchmaker to official supplier of interplanetary travelers.

Strength of Vision

Walter Vogt, Founder of the Fortis Watch CompanyThe evolution of Fortis began with the vision of its founder, Walter Vogt, whose first stroke of strategic shrewdness was locating his factory opposite the Grenchen train station, knowing full well it represented the lifeline of the modern economy. There he began commercial watch production in 1912. One-hundred years later, Fortis still resides at its original address.

Vogt renamed the company from Vogt & Git to Fortis in 1913. The word fortis means strong in Latin reflecting what Vogt understood would be required to operate a successful watch company — strength of foresight, strength to endure, and the strength to remain innovative yet affordable.

The World’s First Automatic Watch

John HarwoodVogt was a futurist and although wristwatches were gaining popularity in the early part of the 20th century, and business was brisk, Vogt was on the lookout for something truly special, something on which Fortis could hang its proverbial hat. The day Vogt was waiting for came in 1922 when he met English watchmaker and inventor John Harwood.

Harwood was also searching. He was looking for a Swiss watch company to support his idea of creating a self-winding wristwatch. Vogt embraced Harwood’s imagination and recognized in it an opportunity to move Fortis forward. In 1926, Fortis presented the legendary Harwood Automatic to an international audience at Baselworld, and so it began.

Harwood Prototype
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Harwood Prototype
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Harwood Prototypes on
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Harwood Prototype - Front View Harwood Prototype - Back View Harwood Prototypes on Blueprint Background

Innovation upon Innovation

Fortis solidified its reputation as a leader in technical innovation and producer of fine watches over the next several decades. It began manufacturing chronographs in 1937 and marketed novelties such as the Rolls and another Harwood invention, the Autorist, which utilized the movement of the strap to power the watch. Fortis introduced the first waterproof Swiss watches to the world in 1943 with their popular Fortissimo models, and during the quartz watch boom of the 1970s Fortis retooled its shop to meet the new demands through the introduction of its customizable Flipper model — an international hit.

Flying High in the 1980s

While Fortis would not set the first of its two altitude records until 1995 when Fortis chronographs were on the pilots’ wrists aboard a MiG-25PU that climbed to 100,000 feet, the ’80s were heady years for Fortis during which the brand soared. Fortis introduced its B-42 Flieger series and a new interpretation of decades-old pilot watches was born. Watches such as the current Flieger Automatic Chronograph are still among the most popular and recognizable in the Fortis hangars today. Models from the current Pilot Professional collection including the Day Date Automatic and B-42 Chronograph also offer exceptional quality at reasonable costs.

Advent of the Space Age

Fortis first appeared on the space scene in the early ’60s, when the durable Fortis Spacematic was chosen by astronauts in the U.S. Space Program to wear during training. In 1994 the first Fortis watch was worn in space. Chosen by Russia’s Star City Training Center, the Fortis Official Cosmonauts Chronograph became part of the official equipment issued to its astronauts. In 1997, the German Aerospace Centre selected Fortis chronographs for the German-Russian MIR 97 space mission.

One year later, Fortis patented the world’s first automatic chronograph alarm watch, inspired by the demands of the space specialists at Star City and realized by Swiss watchmaking prodigy Paul Gerber.

As part of its 2012 centennial celebrations, Fortis introduced its masterful F-43 Flieger Chronograph Alarm GMT Chronometer C.O.S.C. with dual power reserve, limited to 100 pieces worldwide. Not only is the watch the first of its kind in terms of complications, its Fortis proprietary movement represents a shift toward in-house production of more and more vital components.

The limited edition B-47 Mysterious Planets was also introduced at Baselworld 2012. The jump hour complication mixes high horology with the celestial theme with which Fortis is so widely associated.

Edge of Imagination

The next frontier for Fortis may be the limits of imagination. Under the direction of Fortis Swiss Watches Director Max Peter, the brand continues to foster a true collaborative spirit, partnering with progressive companies such as Volkswagen to design the award-winning Spaceleader Chronograph and with artists such as Rolf Sachs, whose 2012 limited edition Frisson watch is the latest in the Art Edition Collection. Limited to 999 pieces, the crystal on the Frisson appears frosted until it comes in contact with moisture and becomes clear.

Fortis watches have traveled a long way. The 100-year-old, family-owned company has done it with an ever-forward view to the future. Now, more than ever, Fortis has global appeal for collectors, enthusiasts and astronauts alike. Find an authorized dealer near you and discover where Fortis can take you.

Gevril Group US, Canada and Caribbean Agent for Fortis Watches

Gevril GroupGevril Group is the sole agent for Fortis Watches and the official Fortis watch repair service center for the US, Canada and the Caribbean. Contact Miriam Tress, Fortis Brand Manager, by email or by calling 845-425-9882.

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Fortis Watch Retailers

AZ Fine Time 7830 East Gelding Ste 100, Scottsdale, AZ 85260 480-214-0238
Feldmar Watch 9000 West Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90035 310-274-8016
Marina Bay Watch 4027 Lincoln Blvd, Marina Del Rey, CA 90292 310-574-8777
Jewelry Express 2172 Montebello Town Center, Montebello, CA 90640 323-888-6044
Time Spot 414 W Hillcrest Dr, Tousand Oaks, CA 91360 805-374-8463
Prime Time 12925 El Camino Real, San Diego, CA 92130 858-509-1111
About Time 34085 Pacific Coast Highway, #103, Dana Point, CA 92629 949-443-9303
Swiss Watch Gallery 24155 Laguna Hills Mall, Suite 1040, Laguna Hills, CA 92653 949-458-1962
Jewel Time 2643-B Tapo Canyon Rd, Simi Valley, CA 93063 805-527-9930
Ravits Watch & Clock 50 Post St, Level 2, San Francisco, CA 94104 415-392-1947
TAD Gear 660 22nd St, San Francisco, CA 94107 415-318-8252
Right Time 1485 S Colorado Blvd, Denver, CO 80222 303-691-2521
Reynolds Jewelry 232 Park Ave North, Winter Park, FL 32789 407-645-3305
Ferguson Jewelers 9 SE 2nd Dr, Homestead, FL 33030 305-247-4535
Peoples Jewelers 168 E Flagler St, Miami, FL 33131 305-371-3158
Joseph’s Clock & Watch Shop 500 North Andrews Ave, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301 954-522-0201
Old Northeast Jewelers 1131 4th St North, Saint Petersburg, FL 33701 727-896-0622
Watch Studio 3696 Ulmerton Rd Clearwater, Clearwater, FL 33762 727-573-4555
New York Jewelers 11 North Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL 60602 312-855-4999
Seng Jewelers 453 4th Ave, Louisville, KY 40202 502-585-5109
Watch & Clock Shop 824 Gravier St, New Orleans, LA 70112 504-525-3961
Back In Time International 227 South Old Woodward Ave, Birmingham, MI 48009 248-540-4646
WatchWear 5578 Cooley Lake Rd, Waterford, Detroit, MI 48327 248-636-4565
Meierotto’s Midwest Jewelry 4311 NE Vivion Rd, Kansas City, MO 64119 816-454-2052
Timepiece Collection 58 East Palisades Ave, Englewood, NJ 07631 201-894-1825
Gold Fever 636 Arnold Ave, Point Pleasure, NJ 08742 732-892-3535
Kristen Farrell Gallery
By Appointment Only
339 West Broadway, New York, NY 10013 212-319-0533
Kenjo 40 West 57th St, New York, NY 10019 800-548-8463
Lorilil Jewelers 107-34 71st Ave, Forest Hills, NY 11375 718-261-8461
Mayfair Jewelers 7947 Jericho Tpke, Woodbury, NY 11797 516-496-8171
Mayfair Jewelers 73 Main St, East Hampton, NY 11937 (Seasonal) 631-329-8444
Singers Watchmakers & Jewelers 1704 Western Ave, Albany, NY 12203 518-464-4748
Harold Jaffe Jewelers 4211 Talmadge Rd, Toledo, OH 43623 419-472-4480
Princeton Watches 12242 Kinsman Rd, PO Box 540, Newbury, OH 44065 440-564-7411
Beverly Palm Jewelers 3750 William Penn Highway, Easton, PA 18045 610-258-7256
Boccardo Jewelers 201 Jefferson Ave, Scranton, PA 18503 570-344-9021
Marvin Scott (Form. MB Jewelers) 674 Stoney Hill Rd, Yardley, PA 19067 215-321-9242
TNS Diamonds 109 S 8th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107 215-922-1501
Watches Etc. 124 East Main Rd, Middleton, RI 02842 401-847-4179
Timeless Watch Exchange 6975 Lebanon Rd, Frisco, TX 75034 214-494-4241
Ridglea Watch & Jewelry 6387-D Camp Bowie Boulevard, Fort Worth, TX 76116 817-377-1766
Austin Watch Jewelry Repair 6800 Burnet Rd #4, Austin, TX 78757 512-323-0991
Fashion Time 21100 Dulles Town Circle, Dulles, VA 20166 571-434-8875
Fashion Time Tysons Corner Center 8097B, Mc Lean, VA 22101 703-893-9005
World Lux Fairmount Hotel, 1208 4th Ave, Seattle, VA 98101 888-721-7367
Relojes Y Relojes Plaza las Americas, 2nd Level 525 FD Roosevelt Ave, San Juan, PR 00918 787-767-6131
Baci Duty Free 1235 Queen Cross Ste, St Croix, VI 00820 340-773-5040
Baba’s Jewellers Salina – Fokkerweg 56, Curacao, NA 599-9-465-7162
Joe’s Jewelry 66 Front St, PO Box 272, Phillipsburg St. Maarten, NA 599-543-7020
Everest 8910 Boulevard Lajeunesse, Montreal, PQ, Canada H2M-1R9 514-388-5358
Quality Jewellers 2917 Dundas St West, Toronto, ON, Canada M6P1Z1 416-769-3469

Fortis Watch Articles and Collections

Fortis Aquatis Diver Watch Collection
Fortis Aviatis Watch Collection
Fortis Cosmonautis Watch Collection

Fortis Aeromaster “Dawn” and “Dusk” Watch Collection
Fortis B-42 Flieger Automatic Watch Collection
Fortis B-42 Flieger Big Day Date Limited Edition Watch Collection
Fortis B-42 Flieger Black Cockpit GMT Watch Collection
Fortis B-42 Diver Watch Collection
Fortis B-42 Marinemaster Watch Collection
Fortis B-42 Pilot Professional Chronograph Watch Collection
Fortis B-42 Stratoliner Chronograph Watch Collection
Fortis B-47 Calculator Watch Collection
Fortis B-47 Mysterious Planets Limited Edition Watch Collection
Fortis Blue Horizon Limited Edition Watch Collection
Fortis Daybreaker Watch Collection
Fortis F-43 Jumping Hours Watch Collection
Fortis F-43 Recon Watch Collection
Fortis Flieger Cockpit Watch Collection
Fortis Marinemaster Watch Collection
Fortis Mattern Art Edition Watch Collection
Fortis Monolith Watch Collection
Fortis Official Cosmonauts Chronograph Watch Collection
Fortis Official Cosmonauts GMT Watch Collection
Fortis PC-7 Team Watch Collection
Fortis Spacematic Bilingual Watch Collection
Fortis Spaceleader Chronograph Watch Collection
Fortis Spacematic Classic Watch Collection
Fortis Spacematic Pilot Professional Watch Collection
Fortis Square Chronograph Men’s Watch Collection
Fortis Tycoon Watch Collection

Fortis 595.10.31 WI Edition Winner Automatic Watch
Fortis 595.11.82 Si 29 Unisex Limited Edition “Frisson” Art Watch by Rolf Sachs
Fortis 595.22.41 L.01 Men’s Pilot Professional Day Date Watch
Fortis 597.11.11 L.01 Men’s Flieger Automatic Chronograph
Fortis 597.11.11 L08 Men’s Fleiger Automatic Chronograph Aviator Watch
Fortis 597.20.71.M Flieger Automatic Stainless Steel Chronograph
Fortis 597.20.92 M Flieger Chronograph
Fortis 621.10.12 M Lady Flieger Watch
Fortis 623.10.41 L.01 Spacematic Limited Edition Watch
Fortis 623.10.42 N.11 Spacematic Day/Date Watch
Fortis 623.10.51 SI.01 Spacematic Black-Red Day/Date Watch
Fortis 623.10.52 M Spacematic White-Red Day/Date Watch
Fortis 624.22.11 M Spacematic GMT Pilot Watch
Fortis 635.10.11 L.08 Men’s B-42 Pilot Professional Black Dial Chronograph Aviator Watch
Fortis 635.10.11.M B-42 Men’s Pilot Professional Black Dial Chronograph Aviator Watch
Fortis 638.28.13 L.13 B-42 Black Mars 500 Chronograph
Fortis 645.10.11 L.01 B-42 Men’s Pilot Professional Day/Date Black Dial Watch
Fortis 647.10.11 M Men’s B-42 Official Cosmonauts Day/Date Aeronautic Black Dial Watch
Fortis 647.27.11 M B-42 Official Cosmonauts Titan Day/Date Watch
Fortis 647.28.71 L.01 B-42 Marinemaster Black Automatic Date Watch
Fortis 647.28.81 K Men’s Limited Edition 2012 B-42 Black Black Automatic Day Date Watch
Fortis 655.18.12 Men’s Nocturnal Watch
Fortis 656.18.81.K B-42 Flieger Automatic Black Dial Chronograph
Fortis 657.18.11 L Men’s 01 B-42 Flieger Black Chronograph Alarm 2nd in Chrono Award 2010
Fortis 659.27.92 Andora Emotions Art Chronograph Available in Limited Quantity
Fortis 659.27.92 Limited Art Edition Andora Emotions Chronograph Watch
Fortis 660.27.11 M B-42 Titanium Official Cosmonauts Alarm Chronograph
Fortis 2012 661.20.31 K Men’s Spaceleader Limited Edition Chronograph Watch by VolkswagenDesign
Fortis 665.13.19 L.01 Men’s B-42 Stratoliner 100th Anniversary Limited Edition Black Dial Chronograph
Fortis 670.10.41 KE B-42 Men’s Marinemaster Limited Edition Army Emblem Day/Date Black Dial Watch
Fortis 671.10.41 K Men’s B-42 Marinemaster Automatic Chronograph Watch
Fortis 671.24.14 K Men’s B-42 Marinemaster Chronograph Yellow Watch
Fortis 674.20.15 Si05 Men’s 100th Anniversary B-47 Worldtimer Limited Edition Rotating Dial Watch
Fortis 675.18.81 K Men’s B-47 100th Anniversary Limited Edition 2012 Big Black Day/Date Watch
Fortis 675.18.81 K Men’s B-47 New Limited Edition 2012 Big Black Day/Date Luxury Swiss Watch
Fortis 700.10.81 L.01 F-43 Flieger Big Day Date Watch
Fortis 701.10.81.K F-43 Flieger Limited Edition Chronograph
Fortis 703.20.92 LC05 Men’s F-43 Flieger Limited Edition Chronograph Alarm GMT
Fortis 710.10.37 M Men’s F-43 Jumping Hour Watch
Fortis 800.20.80 L.01 Men’s Marinemaster Vintage Chronograph Watch
Fortis 800.20.85 L.01 Marinemaster Limited Edition Vintage Watch
Fortis 100th Anniversary Marinemaster Chronograph Retro Edition

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