Fortis 597.20.71.M Flieger Automatic Stainless Steel Chronograph


by Meehna Goldsmith  

Fortis WatchesMan has been fascinated by flight since he first gazed up into the heavens. Many tried before them, but brothers Orville and Wilbur Wright got the first aircraft legitimately off the ground in 1903. Timing is crucial to aviation, for navigation, but fumbling for a pocket watch was inconvenient. Flying pioneer Albert Santos-Dumont sought the help of his friend Louis Cartier, who made the Cartier Santos wristwatch just for the purpose of flying and the aviation watch was born.

Buy Fortis 597.20.71.M Flieger Stainless Steel Chronograph Over the course of the past century, the pilot’s watch evolved in function and design to assist the pilot in his journey. The Fortis 597.20.71.M Flieger Chronograph represents a cool example of the modern flight watch that’s as sleekly designed as it is a timepiece ready to take on other tasks. It even won a design award.

The Fortis Flieger 597.20.71.M features a black dial with a configuration that’s easy on the eyes, a definite requirement to access information quickly whether up in the air or on the ground. The chronograph indicators of hours, running seconds and minutes are found on the left side of the dial at 12, 9 and 6 o’clock respectively.

As visibility is key in a pilot’s watch, lume coats the pencil-point skeletonized hands and white Arabic numerals, capped off by the traditional pilot’s watch signature of an illuminated triangle at 12 o’clock for nighttime orientation. The 597.20.71.M Flieger Chronograph also includes a day and date indicator at 3 o’clock with another illuminated triangle to direct the eye there for fast reference, above which sits the Fortis crown logo. To decrease glare, 597.20.71.M Flieger Chronograph’s crystal is coated in an anti-reflective material.

In a 40 mm stainless steel case that feels just right on the wrist, the 597.20.71.M Flieger Chronograph conveniently places the chronograph pushers to stop, start and reset the function in the traditional 2 and 4 o’clock position with a large knurled crown embossed with the Fortis logo in between. To match the stainless case the watch comes on a 3-link stainless steel bracelet with a deployant clasp.

Fortis 597.20.71.M Flieger Automatic Stainless Steel Chronograph

Buy Fortis 597.20.71.M Flieger Stainless Steel ChronographKey features:

  • Swiss made timepiece
  • Swiss automatic self-wind movement
  • Stainless steel case, diameter 40 mm, thickness 15 mm
  • Black dial, superluminova luminous color, day and date functions
  • Chronograph function
  • Anti-reflective sapphire crystal
  • Stationary stainless steel bezel
  • Grey stainless steel bracelet, width 19 mm, fold over clasp
  • Water resistant to 330 feet
  • 2-year manufacturer’s warranty

A robust automatic movement powers the Fortis 597.20.71.M Flieger Chronograph, which resists water to 330 feet. As a pilot inspired watch that can handle tool and social situations, the 597.20.71.M Flieger Chronograph does both jobs with panache.

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Fortis Mens 635.10.11 L.08 B-42 Pilot Professional Black Dial Aviator Chronograph


by Adrian Herscovici  

A Match Made in Flight: The Fortis B-42 and the Valjoux 7750

Fortis WatchesBefore pilots had chronographs integrated into their wristwatches, they typically carried separate stopwatches for use in navigation. When the time-only wristwatch was eventually combined with a chronograph, pilots were able to satisfy both functions with one device.

Fortis fuses these two primary functions in its Fortis B-42 Pilot Professional Chronograph from the company’s aviation collections, and what better movement to salute this match made in flight than the famed Valjoux 7750, the veritable workhorse of mechanical chronographs, which like the pilot watch, is renowned for its function-over-form simplicity.

Fortis Mens 635.10.11 L.08 B-42 Pilot Professional Black Dial Chronograph Aviator Watch


The Valjoux 7750 was introduced in 1974 and features prominently in contemporary chronographs. It differs from the traditional column-wheel chronograph in that it uses a different mechanism to control the switching functions, which include starting, stopping and resetting. The significant advantage of the 7750’s design is in efficiency, both in terms of ease of assembly and ease of maintenance.

Fortis customizes the winding rotor of this Valjoux 7750 with blue engravings including the Fortis logo; the words Since 1912 Swiss commemorate the company’s founding year, while World’s First Manufacturer of Automatic Wristwatches commemorates one of the company’s finest achievements. All of this can be viewed through the watch’s exhibition caseback.

Fortis Mens 635.10.11 L.08 B-42 Pilot Professional Black Dial Chronograph Aviator Watch - Back View


To accommodate the movement’s three-plate construction (main plate, calendar plate and chronograph plate), the two-part stainless steel case is 42 mm in diameter by 16 mm thick. The sapphire crystal has an anti-reflective coating on both sides and the caseback is screw-down. The oversized, screw-down crown adds to the watch’s overall water resistance of 660 feet.

The distinctive chronograph counter layout of the Valjoux 7750 has the 12-hour counter at 6 o’clock, the 30-minute counter at 12, and the continuous-seconds counter at 9. The chronograph hands, meanwhile, are painted orange so that elapsed seconds, minutes and hours can be calculated with relative ease.

White numbers and indices provide excellent contrast against the matte, black dial. Plenty of Super-LumiNova coats the numerals, hour markers and hands. In addition to the traditional arrowhead index and flanking dots at 12 o’clock, two other arrows appear on either side of the day and date windows – one facing down and one facing up – to indicate which direction the wearer should turn the crown to make quick adjustments. The flange has a tachymeter scale for measuring speed in conjunction with the chronograph.

This Fortis B-42 Pilot Professional Chronograph features a padded cognac-brown leather strap with white stitching that brings the black, orange and white dial elements to the fore. The strap is fitted to the case and the prong-style buckle is personalized with the Fortis crown.

This Fortis B-42 Pilot Professional Chronograph may also custom labeled through the Fortis Squadron Watch and Fortis Private Label Watch Programs.

Fortis Mens 635.10.11 L.08 B-42 Pilot Professional Black Dial Chronograph Aviator Watch

List Price: $3,425

  • Swiss automatic Valjoux 7750 movement
  • Chronograph, day and date features
  • Stainless steel case, diameter 42mm, thickness 16mm
  • Screw down crown
  • Black dial
  • Scratch resistant anti-reflective sapphire crystal
  • Brown leather band, width 19mm, buckle clasp
  • Water resistant to 660 feet
  • 2-year manufacturer’s warranty

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Fortis Mens 595.22.41 L.01 Pilot Professional Day Date Watch


by Adrian Herscovici  

Cockpit Fundamentals

Fortis WatchesFortis Mens 595.22.41 L.01 Pilot Professional Day Date WatchThe earliest pilot watches were basic time-tellers with a decidedly crucial purpose: to provide pilots with accurate timekeepers that had clear and simple readouts by which they could tell time quickly and easily. It’s this necessity of function that separated pilot watches from other, more complicated timepieces.

The Fortis Pilot Professional is an exceptional rendering of this highly functional tool-watch. The 40 mm, brushed stainless steel case has a narrow bezel and large sapphire crystal that provide a wide-open reading area. The crown is knurled and oversized to make it easy to grab, even with gloves on, and the padded black leather strap with prong buckle is comfortable and close-fitting whether it is worn over or under clothing.

The dial is matte black with contrasting white Arabic numerals and indices, each of which is coated in Super-LumiNova, a phosphorescent-pigment paint that glows in the dark; the hands are also generously coated, ensuring good legibility, day or night. The ubiquitous arrowhead index that appears at “12” typifies the aviator genre; in its day, the index’s primary significance was to provide upward orientation of the dial in low light.

In terms of precision, the Pilot Professional houses a 25-jewel ETA 2836-2 automatic movement, which beats at 28,800 vibrations per hour and utilizes an Incabloc shock absorber to protect the balance. Another important characteristic of this movement is the “hack” or “stop-second” setting mechanism: when the crown is pulled out the seconds hand stops, allowing the wearer to set the time more precisely. Before the advent of computer-aided navigation, the hack function was a noteworthy addition to the pilot watch, since even the smallest timing oversight could lead to a critical navigational error.

For a touch of contemporary functionality, the Fortis Pilot Professional is water resistant to 650 feet, thanks in part to its screw-down steel caseback and crown. The watch’s lone complication is a day-and-date indicator featuring a bilingual day wheel in German and English, which is a nod to the significant influence that Germans had on pilot-watch development in the mid-20th century.

Fortis Mens 595.22.41 L.01 Pilot Professional Day Date Watch

List Price: $1,275

  • Swiss 25-jewel ETA 2836-2 automatic movement
  • Stainless steel case, diameter 40 mm, thickness 11.5 mm
  • Screw down crown
  • Black dial with day and date
  • Anti-reflective sapphire crystal
  • Black leather band, width 20 mm, buckle clasp
  • Water resistant to 660 feet
  • 2-year manufacturer warranty

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Fortis 624.22.11 M Spacematic GMT Pilot Watch


by John Sealander  

A Pilot Watch Designed for the Space Age

Fortis WatchesThere are two things that a pilot wants in an aviation timepiece: reliability and readability. With this in mind, most pilot watches feature large, oversize dials with legible, easy-to-read numbers. Pilot watches haven’t changed much since World War II however, with one major exception. Not surprisingly, it is Fortis who provides the exception.

Fortis 624.22.11 M Spacematic GMT Pilot WatchFortis timepieces have been a favorite among pilots almost as long as there have been planes in the sky. With the introduction of the Fortis Spacematic Collection, aviators now have a thoroughly modern alternative to the traditional pilot’s watch. The bold, unisex design of the Spacematic GMT features one of most clearly legible and functional pilot dials ever produced. Easy-to-read white Arabic numerals are surrounded by 24-hour markings on a gray perimeter track. The 24-hour GMT hand is independently adjustable and there is a quickset bilingual date at 3 o’clock, a combination of features that even Rolex can’t offer.

This 40mm stainless steel case is perfectly sized for your wrist. Both men and women can wear this watch with ease. The attractive cylindrical case design is a thoroughly modern update on the traditional pilot’s watch. With its signed screw-down crown, anti-reflective, sapphire crystal and optional exhibition back, this is definitely a watch that will get noticed.

Like all Fortis timepieces, the Spacematic GMT isn’t just about looks however. The highly regarded 25 jewel ETA 2893-2 automatic movement is accurate to one second per day and the watch itself is water resistant to 200 meters. There is even a special diver’s extension available for the matching beadblast-finish stainless steel bracelet, if you prefer to take you watch underwater instead of up in the sky.

The Spacematic GMT is eligible for the Fortis Squadron Watch Program. If you would like to have your own pilots and crew wear your squadron insignia with pride, Fortis will make a special edition of the Spacematic GMT with your squadron insignia on the dial just for you. Of course, you can always order the Spacematic GMT without a squadron insignia for yourself. If you are interested in acquiring one of these forward-looking and extremely functional watches, please contact an authorized Fortis dealer immediately and reserve your Spacematic GMT today.

Fortis 624.22.11 M Spacematic GMT Pilot Watch


Fortis 624.22.11 M Spacematic GMT Pilot Watch

List Price: $2,225

Key features:

  • Movement – Swiss ETA 2893-2 automatic, date
  • Case – Stainless steel, 40 mm diameter, 12mm thickness
  • Crystal – Anti-reflective sapphire
  • Dial – Black dial
  • Bezel – Stainless steel, stationary
  • Band – Silver stainless steel, men’s standard, 20mm thickness
  • Clasp – Fold-over clasp
  • Water Resistance – Up to 660 feet

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Fortis Mens 645.10.11 L01 B-42 Pilot Professional Day/Date Black Dial Watch


Fortis WatchesCrafted with high-quality materials, the Fortis Men’s Pilot Professional Automatic Black Dial Watch features a refined, circular dial with easy-to-read Arabic numeral hour indexes, a minute track, white hour and minute hands, and a red seconds hand. There’s also a convenient day of week and date display at 3.

The sapphire crystal window protects the dial and features anti-reflective coating on both sides while a stainless steel case with a screw-down case back offers additional strength and durability.

Ideal for active men, the timepiece has an Incabloc shock protection system and is water resistant to an impressive 660 feet. A polished, stainless steel bezel encircles the dial for an elegant look. Made from soft, calfskin leather, the black watch strap feels comfortable on and features white contrast stitching down the edges. This precise watch is equipped with automatic self-wind movement with 28,800 semi-vibrations per hour.

Your new Fortis B-42 Pilot Professional Black Dial Watch may qualify for squadron insignia customization through the Fortis Private Label Squadron Watches Program.

Fortis Mens 645.10.11 L01 B-42 Pilot Professional Day/Date Black Dial Watch


Fortis Mens 645.10.11 L01 B-42 Pilot Professional Day/Date Black Dial Watch

List Price: $1,500

Key features:

  • Movement – Automatic 2836-2, 11 1/2 ”’, 25 jewels, 28,800 semi-vibrations per hour, fine timing device and Incabloc shock absorber
  • Function – Hours, minutes, sweep second, day/date indication
  • Case – High grade steel, brushed, two parts, 42 mm diameter, sapphire crystal anti-reflective on both sides, flange with 13-24h scale, screw down case back with mineral crystal, water-resistant up to 200 m / 20 bar
  • Dial / Hands – Black, Arabic numbers as well as indexes and hands with white Superluminova, sweep second hand in orange
  • Bracelet – Leather strap padded in black with contrast stitching steel buckle

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Fortis 597.11.11 L 08 Mens Flieger Automatic Chronograph Aviator Watch


Fortis WatchesMen with a taste for cutting-edge style and performance should make the Fortis Men’s Flieger Automatic Chronograph Watch their timepiece of choice.

The case and stationary bezel are made of reliable, silver-colored stainless steel. The fine calfskin band is black and connects with a classic buckle system.

Protected by an anti-reflective sapphire window, the sophisticated black dial contains luminous hour and minute hands pointing to luminous numerals and indexes. Also featured on the face are three chronographs at 6, 9, and 12 as well as a date display at 3.

This shock-absorbing watch employs automatic self-winding, and the whole timepiece is water resistant to 330 feet.

Your new Fortis B-42 Flieger Automatic chronograph watch may qualify for squadron insignia customization through the Fortis Private Label Squadron Watches Program.

Fortis 597.11.11 L 08 Mens Fleiger Automatic Chronograph Aviator Watch

Fortis 597.11.11 L 08 Mens Flieger Automatic Chronograph Aviator Watch

List Price: $2,450   Movement: Automatic / Self-Winding   Dial: Black

  • Movement – Automatic 7750, 13 ¼ ”’, 25 jewels, 28.800 semi-vibrations per hour fine timing device and incabloc shock absorber
  • Function – Chronograph, hour, minute, permanent small second center-stop-second, day, date
  • Case – Steel, sandblasted, two parts, 40mm case diameter, screw down steel back, individually numbered water resistant 100 m / 10 bar, sapphire crystal
  • Dial – Black, arabic numerals, indices and hands with superluminova, green, orange center-stop-second, 30-minute counter at pos. 12 h, 12-hour counter at pos. 6 h chronograph minute- and second counter hands in white
  • Attachment – Leather strap brown, padded
  • Packaging – Leather box, pouch with FORTIS logo Professional Space, Watches and ISS logo, instruction manual, international warranty card

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