Not many people know that Fortis has a long heritage of over 100 years of continued manufacturing and many accolades to its name. Walter Vogt established the company in 1912 and in 1924 partnered with John Harwood, inventor of the automatic wristwatch. They released the first self-winding wristwatch in 1926 called the Harwood Automatic. By 1937, Fortis moved into chronographs, releasing their first one for the celebration of the 25th anniversary of the company.
Fortis has built their reputation on producing tough, functional watches that are equal to standing up to punishing environments. In 1994, Fortis put its watches through such rigors of testing that pushed the boundaries of modern physics that the Russians came calling. The Russian training facility for cosmonauts located in Star City Russia chose the watch, now called the Fortis Official Cosmonauts Chronograph, as part of their official equipment. The watch was put through the paces inside the shuttle and in space, proving its muster by keeping time like the day it was born.
Because of the association with the Russian cosmonauts, the Fortis name might initially bring up the idea of a space watch, but the brand has also mastered other environments such as aviation and maritime.
The Men’s 647.28.71 L.01 Black Automatic Date from the Fortis B-42 Marinemaster Collection is a capable and good-looking dive watch. Like most tool watches, it comes in a larger 44 mm case so that the dial has more real estate and can be easily visible underwater. The black dial features a day and date at 3 o’clock Arabic numerals with the traditional triangular marker at 12 o’clock, rounded out with baton numerals at 6 o’clock and 9 o’clock.
|Fortis 647.28.71 L.01 B-42 Marinemaster
Men’s Black Automatic Date Watch
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As required by all dive watches, the hands and numerals are swathed in luminescent material. In a stainless steel case covered in PVD, the watch has a very stealthy look that will blend right in by land or over a wetsuit.
Of course, every dive watch must have a unidirectional bezel, and the Fortis 647.28.71 L.01 B-42 Marinemaster comes with one. But what make this bezel even more interesting is in addition to the 60-minute display, a 24-hour display is also included. Most dive watches don’t have an exhibition back due to water resistance issues, but Fortis managed to get around that obstacle so you can get a view of the mechanics too.
The Fortis 647.28.71 L.01 B-42 Marinemaster comes with an automatic movement with a shock absorber and is water resistant to 660 feet.
Fortis 647.28.71 L.01 B-42 Men’s Marinemaster Black Automatic Date Watch
- Swiss made timepiece
- Swiss automatic self-wind movement
- Black PVD stainless steel case, diameter 44 mm, thickness 13 mm
- Black dial, day and date windows, luminous numbers, exhibition case back
- Anti-reflective sapphire crystal
- Stainless steel unidirectional bezel with 60 minute and 24 hour display
- Black calfskin band, width 20 mm, buckle clasp
- Water resistant to 660 feet
- 2-year manufacturer’s warranty