Fortis 655.18.12 Men’s Nocturnal Watch

Fortis Nocturnal - 655.18.12


by John Sealander  

It’s about time a watchmaker saw the light about night visibility.

Fortis WatchesOne of the reasons that Fortis timepieces have always been favored by pilots, sailors, adventurers, and even astronauts is that for over 100 years, Fortis has been dedicated to meeting the needs of working professionals. When you depend on a watch as a professional timing tool instead of just wearing it as a fashion accessory, one of the things you need the most is perfect legibility under any conditions.

The impressive Fortis Nocturnal solves the age-old problem of night visibility in an entirely new way. Instead of painting the hands and indices with a luminous material, Fortis has found a way to light up the entire dial. To provide maximum visibility at night, the entire dial of the 42 mm Fortis Nocturnal has been coated with a white Superluminova material that has a highly visible green afterglow at night. This innovative alternative to faintly glowing hands and numbers, provides you with a brightly lit dial that is as easy to read at midnight as it is at noon.

Fortis 655.18.12 Nocturnal
Fortis 655.18.12 Nocturnal
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The combination of unprecedented night visibility with a large, clearly marked dial makes the Fortis Nocturnal an ideal timepiece for pilots, aviators, and other professionals. Everything about this watch, from the large skeletonized sword hands, to the 24-hour scale on the chapter ring, to the oversized day and date windows with convenient directional setting arrows, was designed to make this superb timing tool as easy-to-use and read as possible.

The Fortis Nocturnal is powered by a precision Swiss made ETA 2836-2 automatic movement that has been encased in a rugged black PVD coated stainless steel case that is water resistant to 669 feet. The scratch resistant sapphire crystal is coated on both sides with a special anti-reflective material to eliminate reflections and glare. There is an exhibition back so you can see the intricate movement at work, and even a bilingual day indicator that allows you to read the day in English or German.

Fortis 655.18.12 Nocturnal

Key features:

  • Swiss automatic self-wind movement
  • Black PVD coated tainless steel case, diameter 42 mm, 12.5 mm thickness
  • White dial coated with white Superluminova with green afterglow, numbers and indices colored in black, bilingual English and German day and date display, exhibition caseback
  • Anti-reflective sapphire crystal
  • Stationary stainless-steel bezel
  • Black rubber band, width 19.5 mm, deployment clasp with double push button safety
  • Leather band and PVD metal bracelet options available
  • Water resistant to 660 feet
  • 2-year manufacturer’s warranty


To configure this amazing timepiece to meet your own personal needs, the Fortis Nocturnal can be fitted with your choice of a premium topstitched leather strap, a leather performance strap, a beautiful black PVD coated stainless steel bracelet, or a comfortable black caoutchouc band. Like all Fortis timepieces, the Nocturnal is presented in a beautiful leather box and carries a two-year manufacturer warranty.

If you’re tired of being in the dark whenever the light grows dim, you need a Fortis Nocturnal on your wrist. The Nocturnal is a great aviator style timepiece at any time of day, but after dark, it really begins to shine. When you’re ready to see the light, just contact an authorized Fortis dealer and ask to see the Nocturnal.

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Fortis 597.20.92 M Flieger Chronograph


by Adrian Herscovici  

One Refined Flieger

Fortis WatchesFortis pilot watches debuted in the 1980s and helped define a new generation of functional timepieces, with a distinct style that combined 40 mm cases and black dials, along with green tritium luminous material applied to large hands and hour markers. The result was sturdy, sober and legible watches designed for professional pilots. The inherent attraction of no-nonsense tool watches quickly extended beyond the world’s high flyers (fliegers), and Fortis pilot watches began appearing on the wrists of the populace.

Buy Fortis 597.20.92 M Flieger ChronographThe new Fortis limited edition Flieger Chronograph 597.20.92 M is a sophisticated variant of the award-wining models in the current collection, with a tonal scheme reminiscent of watches in the brand’s current F-43 series. The Flieger Chronograph maintains all of the desirable qualities of an effective pilot’s watch but offers a few refinements that make it more subdued, and more elegant.

The case retains the 40 mm size of the original offerings and utilizes a combination of brushed and polished steel. The sturdy interlink bracelet closes by way of a fold-over clasp. (The watch is also available on a black padded leather strap.) Polished steel chronograph pushers flank the large, fluted and domed crown, which is designed to be easy to clutch and operate. The sapphire crystal has an anti-reflective coating and the watch is water resistant to 330 feet.

Subtleties include thicker, softer outlines around the sub-dials and skeletonized hands with luminous tips. The dial’s creamy shade of beige is well coordinated with the blue and black details. All in all, these changes ease the watch’s tough and purposeful appearance without sacrificing legibility, which so defines the Fortis Flieger’s history.

Fortis 597.20.92 M Flieger Chronograph

Buy Fortis 597.20.92 M Flieger ChronographKey features:

  • Swiss made timepiece
  • Chronograph function
  • Swiss automatic self-wind movement, fine timing device and Incabloc shock absorver
  • Stainless steel case, diameter 40 mm, 15 mm thickness
  • Beige dial with day and date display
  • Anti-reflective sapphire crystal
  • Stationary stainless steel bezel
  • Silver stainless steel bracelet, width 19 mm, fold over clasp with safety
  • Water resistant to 330 feet
  • 2-year manufacturer’s warranty

At the heart of the Flieger Chronograph 597.20.92 M is an ETA Valjoux 7750 automatic movement, widely accepted as one of the most dependable cam-operated chronograph movements around. In addition to the chronograph function, the Flieger features quick-set day and date complications.

Time-keeping equipment for pilots has to be functional: legibility and dependability are essential to a pilot’s ability to make accurate calculations on-the-fly. This is the legacy of the Fortis Flieger. Today, Fortis pilot watches continue to be a favorite among civil aviation and air aerobatic squadrons around the world. Built to perform and good looks to match make this Flieger Chronograph – a limited edition of 500 pieces worldwide – an excellent choice for daily wear. Pick one up today from an authorized Fortis dealer.

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Fortis 621.10.12 M Lady Flieger Watch


by John Sealander  

The Fortis Amelia Earhart Would Have Wanted

Fortis WatchesAviator style timepieces have been popular with adventurous men ever since pilots started wearing them. These big, bold watches are both practical and stylish with their large, readable displays and durable construction. Fortis, who makes some of the worlds most popular and well-respected aviation timepieces, wondered why more women weren’t wearing pilot’s watches and quickly discovered the answer. They were simply too large for most women’s wrists.

Buy Fortis 621.10.12 M Lady FliegerTo rectify the situation, Fortis introduced the new Fortis 621.10.12 M Lady Flieger. This superlative aviator timepiece is everything you’ve always loved about Fortis pilot’s watches in a slightly smaller size that is perfectly proportioned for a woman’s wrist. The impressive Lady Flieger 621.10.12 M features the same, easy-to-read dial with simple bar indices and clear legible numbers that made larger Fortis aviator watches so popular with pilots and astronauts.

This beautifully crafted 35 mm timepiece features a three-hand configuration with Superluminova sword hands and a convenient date window at three o’clock. The substantial stainless steel case is water resistant to an impressive 660 feet has been fitted with an integral solid stainless steel bracelet secured with a convenient fold-over clasp. Dove grey numbers provide the perfect contrast for a lustrous silver dial that is protected by an anti-reflective, scratch resistant sapphire crystal.

This superlative lady aviator is powered by an automatic, twenty-one jewel, Swiss made 2892 A2 mechanical movement, augmented with a fine timing device. This highly accurate and reliable movement is found in some of the world’s most prestigious watches and brands.

Fortis 621.10.12 M Lady Flieger Watch

Buy Fortis 621.10.12 M Lady FliegerKey features:

  • Swiss made timepiece
  • Swiss automatic self-wind movement
  • Stainless steel case, diameter 35 mm, 11 mm thickness
  • Silver dial, Superluminova luminous color with date window
  • Anti-reflective sapphire crystal
  • Stationary stainless-steel bezel
  • Grey stainless steel band, width 19 mm, fold over clasp
  • Water resistant to 660 feet
  • 2-year manufacturer’s warranty

If you’ve always liked the idea of wearing a pilot’s watch, but found they were just too big for your wrist, the wait is over. The exciting, and beautifully crafted Fortis Lady Flieger 621.10.12 M is everything you’ve been looking for and it’s already cleared for takeoff on your wrist. To acquire one of these beauties, contact an authorized Fortis dealer immediately and ask to see the Lady Flieger 621.10.12 M.

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Fortis 700.10.81 L.01 F-43 Flieger Big Day Date Watch


by Meehna Goldsmith  

Fortis WatchesGermany’s aircraft developers commissioned the popular and beautifully constructed Flieger watch, German for flight, during World War II for German bomber pilots. Also known as Beobachtungs-Uhren or navigators watches, they had to meet stringent standards for visibility, durability and accuracy. Despite the less than auspicious reasons for the creation of the Flieger watch, it resulted in a functional timepiece of enduring design.

Buy Fortis 700.10.81 L.01 F-43 Flieger Big Day Date WatchThe Fortis 700.10.81 L.01 F-43 Flieger Big Day Date, produced in a limited edition of 2,012 pieces, is a modern interpretation of the original Flieger watch, incorporating all of its best elements while accommodating it for civilians. According to German specs, two dial configurations were acceptable. The Fortis 700.10.81 L.01 F-43 Flieger is inspired by the Type A, which has a much cleaner layout. Large illuminated white Arabic numerals sit on a black sunray embellished dial surrounded by a white baton minute track that also references the time in 24-hour increments. The Fortis emblem and crown are situated below the 12 o’clock position.

Characteristic of all pilot watches (and really a must), the Fortis 700.10.81 L.01 F-43 Flieger uses an illuminated triangular marker surrounded by two illuminated dots to represent 12 o’clock. The reason for this original design choice was so pilots could orient the watch at night. While some Flieger watches update the hands, the Fortis 700.10.81 L.01 F-43 Flieger keeps the illuminated sword shaped configuration with the hour hand thicker to differentiate it from the minutes hand. Fortis added a convenient modern touch to the dial with the big day at 9 o’clock and date at 3 o’clock. Mirroring the triangle at 12 o’clock, another resides along side the date, which works for both functionality and aesthetic purposes.

The Flieger watches used by the German bomber pilots were huge, clocking in at 55 mm. This was because they housed hand wound pocket watch movements. This size worked because a larger movement gave more space on the dial, which translated into more visibility, but also because the watches had to strap over a bulky flight suit and not get lost in the material.

Since a 55 mm watch is not realistic or practical for daily wear, Fortis placed the F-43 Flieger 700.10.81 L.01 in a 43 mm stainless steel case that hits the sweet spot for contemporary watches. A black calfskin strap with contrast stitching attaches to the case and secures with a deployant push button clasp.

One of the most crucial elements of a pilots watch was accuracy. Known for their robust and precise movements, Fortis placed a Swiss automatic movement with a shock absorber in the Fortis F-43 Flieger 700.10.81 L.01, which is on display through the exhibition caseback. As moisture is one of the most dangerous enemies of a movement, the watch is water resistant to 660 feet.

Fortis 700.10.81 L.01 F-43 Flieger Limited Edition Big Day Date Watch

Buy Fortis 700.10.81 L.01 F-43 Flieger Big Day Date WatchKey features:

  • Swiss made timepiece
  • Limited edition of 2,012 pieces
  • Swiss automatic self-wind movement
  • Stainless steel case, diameter 43 mm, 13 mm thickness
  • Black sunray dial, bilingual (English/German) day and date window
  • Exhibition caseback
  • Shock absorber function
  • Anti-reflective sapphire crystal
  • Stationary stainless-steel bezel
  • Black calfskin band, width 20 mm, push button deployment clasp
  • Water resistant to 660 feet
  • 2-year manufacturer’s warranty

At the end of their tenure, German bombers had to give back their Fliegers to the Luftwaffe. Luckily you don’t have to do that with the Fortis F-43 Flieger 700.10.81 L.01. It’s yours to keep. Purchased your Fortis F-43 Flieger from an authorized Fortis dealer.

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Fortis 701.10.81 K F-43 Flieger Limited Edition Diver Chronograph


by Meehna Goldsmith  

Fortis WatchesBecause the dive watch is such a popular choice of tool watch, the Flieger, which is also a tool watch, could be overlooked as wrist wear that offers an alternate and very sleek style. The German’s developed the Flieger, which is German for pilot’s watch, in World War II for their pilots as an instrument for navigation in the cockpit. Five companies fulfilled the contract: Lange & Sohne, International Watch Company, Laco, Stowa and Wempe.

Inspired by the Flieger, the new Fortis 701.10.81.K F-43 Flieger Chronograph limited edition watch uses a classic layout on a black dial. There were two types of dials that were acceptable to German specifications on the Flieger watch. The Men’s 701.10.81.K F-43 Flieger Chronograph watch opts for the Type A (Baumuster A) used from 1940 to January 1941, an arrangement employing illuminated hands and white Arabic numerals with a triangle surrounded by dots representing 12 o’clock. The reason for the triangle instead of an Arabic numeral was to allow pilots to orient the watch in the correct position when night fell.

Fortis 701.10.81.K F-43 Flieger Chronograph
Fortis 701.10.81.K F-43 Flieger Limited Edition Chronograph
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The original German Flieger only required the time element without complications. The Fortis 701.10.81.K F-43 Flieger Chronograph is a modern interpretation, so it builds in more functionality to the watch. In addition to the clear view of the time, it has the added feature of a chronograph aesthetically placed with minutes, running seconds and hours respectively at 12 o’clock, 9 o’clock and 6 o’clock. It also provides the day and date opposite each other at 9 o’clock and 3 o’clock. As an added bonus for car nuts, Fortis also inserted a tachymeter on the flange. In other words, the Fortis 701.10.81.K packs a punch of useful tasks in one package.

In a modern-sized 43 mm case composed of durable stainless steel with a nice grippy crown and chronograph pushers in the 2 and 4 o’clock position, the Fortis 701.10.81.K F-43 Flieger Chronograph Watch comes on a black rubber strap with a push button deployant clasp. Its automatic movement is on view through the sapphire crystal caseback. No worries with most water activities, as the watch is water resistant to 660 feet.

Fortis 701.10.81 K F-43 Flieger Limited Edition Diver Chronograph

Key features:

  • Swiss made timepiece
  • Limited edition of 2012 pieces
  • Swiss automatic self-wind movement
  • Stainless steel case, diameter 43 mm, thickness 16 mm
  • Black dial, superluminova luminous color, day and date functions
  • Exhibition caseback
  • Chronograph function
  • Shock absorber function
  • Anti-reflective sapphire crystal
  • Stationary stainless steel bezel with tachymeter
  • Black rubber band, width 20 mm, push button deployment clasp
  • Water resistant to 660 feet
  • 2-year manufacturer’s warranty

For a tool watch that stands a bit apart from the crowd and has just as much cool history, the Fortis 701.10.81.K F-43 Flieger Chronograph Watch is a fashionable and functional option. Purchased your Fortis watch from an authorized Fortis dealer.

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Fortis 656.18.81.K B-42 Flieger Automatic Black Dial Chronograph


by Meehna Goldsmith  

Fortis WatchesA Flieger watch is a pilot’s or aviator’s watch that was developed in 1942 in Germany for pilots during the World War II to assist in navigation. The original brands commissioned by the German government to make these watches were Lange & Sohne, International Watch Company, Laco, Stowa and Wempe.

Buy Fortis Men's 656.18.81.K B-42 Flieger Chronograph WatchFortis has the know-how and history to build a superb Flieger watch with their impressive history in spaceflight. They are the official watch for the cosmonauts in the Russian space program, so Fortis knows how to craft tough and durable watches that are trusted not only to provide function but also hold up in conditions when survival is on the line. And that’s why its B-42 Flieger 656.18.81.K stands out from the competition.

For a Flieger watch the dial layout and visibility are crucial elements to the design. And while there are specific guidelines, not every company can design one that can meet the standards for professional conditions. The swiss made Fortis 656.18.81.K B-42 Flieger watch nails it.

As required, Arabic numerals punctuate the dial in a size large enough to easily see without overwhelming the dial. A telltale sign of a Flieger watch is the triangle with two dots on each side marking 12 o’clock. This design element was incorporated to allow the pilot to know when the dial was in the proper upper orientation at night and also served the function of a solar compass. All the hands and markers are lumed so they glow in low light conditions.

The Fortis 656.18.81.K watch builds in the added functionality of a chronograph with running seconds at 9 o’clock, 30 minute counter at 12 o’clock and 12 hour counter at 6 o’clock. If that weren’t enough, the watch includes day and date seen respectively at 9 o’clock and 3 o’clock. Fortis added a smart and useful detail by putting a triangle on the date to highlight its position. Without protective coating, the best dial layouts are lost in the glare. The B-42 Flieger 656.18.81.K coats the sapphire crystal on both sides to eliminate this potential problem.

Fortis 656.18.81.K B-42 Flieger – Deployment Clasp
Fortis 656.18.81.K B-42 Flieger - Back View
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By putting the B-42 Flieger 656.18.81.K in a 42 mm black coated stainless steel case, it has a stealthy look that also happens to be on trend. Black watches are a popular choice for both tool and fashion watches so this one can straddle both worlds. As required for a Flieger watch, the Fortis 656.18.81.K B-42 Flieger is punctuated with a large crown, which was required for pilots to be able to wind the watch with gloves on.

If worn consistently, the Fortis 656.18.81.K doesn’t need to be wound as it contains an automatic movement with a fine timing device and incabloc shock absorber to protect it and keep it on precision time. The movement can be seen through the sapphire caseback. The watch straps to the wrist with a matching black rubber strap with a deployment clasp and is water resistant to 660 feet, which makes this a versatile watch for land, sky and sea.

Fortis 656.18.81.K B-42 Flieger Automatic Black Dial Chronograph

Buy Fortis Men's 656.18.81.K B-42 Flieger Chronograph WatchKey features:

  • Swiss made timepiece
  • Swiss automatic self-wind movement
  • Stainless steel case, diameter 42 mm, thickness 16 mm
  • Black dial, superluminova luminous color
  • Chronograph function
  • Anti-reflective sapphire crystal
  • Black rubber strap, width 20 mm, deployment clasp
  • Water resistant to 660 feet
  • 2-year manufacturer’s warranty

There’s no doubt the Fortis 656.18.81.K B-42 Flieger Black Watch hits all the marks. It even won the Busse Longlife Design Award for watch of the year in 2009. Design and function together make for a killer combination.

Fortis watches may be purchased from an authorized Fortis dealer.

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