One Refined Flieger
Fortis 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.
The 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
- 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.