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 597.11.11.L01 Flieger Automatic Chronograph


by Adrian Herscovici  

High Flyer or History Buff, This Chrono Delivers

Fortis WatchesFortis Mens 597.11.11.L01 Flieger Automatic ChronographFlieger is the German word for pilot, or airman. In English, the word “flieger” is commonly associated with pilot watches; this is, in part, because Germans were among the first to design pilot-centric watches for the civil aviation sector in the 1930s, but also because many of the definitive look-and-feel characteristics of modern pilot watches can be attributed to German manufacture.

The Fortis Flieger Automatic Chronograph is a fine example of a modern airman’s watch. The two-part case is 40 mm in diameter and made from sandblasted stainless steel. The caseback is screw-down and stamped with the Fortis emblem. Scratch-resistant anti-reflective sapphire crystal covers the dial and allows for an ample view of the counters and hands thanks to the narrow bezel. A large knurled crown, stamped with the Fortis crown emblem, makes adjusting the watch effortless; the chronograph pushers are equally stout and straightforward to operate.

Buy Fortis Men's 597.11.11 L01 Flieger Automatic ChronographIn its day, the primary significance of the arrowhead index and flanking dots at 12 o’clock on the dial was to provide upward orientation of the dial during night flight. For pilots, it still does, and for non-pilots, the ubiquitous index appears as an essential design element. The black dial features Arabic numerals and indices coated with Super-LumiNova phosphorescent paint for excellent illumination in the dark. Luminous paint also appears on the sword-shaped hour and minute hands, whose relative thickness width-wise makes it easy to read the time over top of the sub-dials.

Since function is the chief purpose of a pilot watch, the chronograph hands on the Fortis Flieger are all painted orange; this way the elapsed seconds, minutes and hours can be calculated with relative ease. The distinct positioning of the sub-dials suggests that this flieger contains a Valjoux 7750 movement, and indeed it does. The distinctive layout has the 12-hour counter at 6 o’clock, the 30-minute counter at 12 o’clock, and the continuous-seconds counter at 9 o’clock. Two apertures placed side by side at 3 o’clock display the day and date.

To accommodate the three-plate Valjoux 7750 movement, the case is 15 mm thick and water resistant to 330 feet. A complementary padded black leather strap with white stitching draws out the white-on-black contrast of the dial. The prong-style buckle is personalized with the Fortis emblem.

The Fortis Flieger Automatic Chronograph won the inaugural European Watch Award back in 2004. To acquire a Fortis pilot watch, contact an authorized Fortis dealer.

Fortis Mens 597.11.11.L01 Flieger Automatic Chronograph

List Price: $2,825   Country of Origin: Switzerland

Buy Fortis Men's 597.11.11 L01 Flieger Automatic ChronographKey features:

  • Valjoux 7750 Swiss automatic movement
  • Chronograph, day and date functions
  • Stainless steel case, diameter 40 mm, thickness 15 mm
  • Screw down crown
  • Black dial with luminous hands, numbers and markers
  • Scratch-resistant anti-reflective sapphire crystal
  • Black leather band, prong-style buckle clasp, personalized with the Fortis emblem, width 20 mm
  • Water resistant to 330 feet
  • 2-year warranty

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Fortis Mens 703.20.92 LC05 F-43 Flieger Limited Edition Chronograph Alarm GMT Chronometer C.O.S.C. Dual Power Reserve


by John Sealander  

The Fortis F-43 isn’t just the world’s first mechanical GMT alarm chronometer with dual power reserve.
It’s the only one!

Fortis WatchesFortis Mens 703.20.92 LC05 F-43 Flieger Limited Edition Chronograph Alarm GMT Chronometer C.O.S.C. Dual Power ReserveFortis has a long history of innovation and technical achievement, but they’ve outdone themselves this time. The new Fortis Limited Edition F-43 is not only the world’s first mechanical GMT, alarm, chronometer with two separate power reserves, one for the movement and another for the alarm complication; it is the only one available anywhere. Moreover, this amazing dual-time alarm chronometer is fully certified by the Contrôle Officiel Suisse des Chronomètres, a formidable achievement in its own right.

Few timepieces ever produced have been able to display the wealth of information provided by the F-43 in such a readable, easy-to-understand fashion. With a dedicated GMT window at 12 o’clock, a large triangle-tipped hand to indicate the alarm time, two separate power reserve indicators for the alarm and time functions, along with a date window with alarm “on-off” indication, this watch has it all. There is also a free-running small second hand at 9 o’clock; an AM/PM indicator at 1 o’clock, and 30-minute and 12-hour subdials for timing virtually any length event.

The mechanical complexity of the F-43 is unprecedented. The watch is powered by a proprietary 39-jewel Fortis calibre F 2012 alarm GMT movement. There are two independent spring barrels to power the alarm and time functions, along with a premium Incabloc shock absorber. There are four convenient protected stainless steel pushers to control the time and alarm functions and scratch resistant sapphire crystals on both sides of the watch.

The impressive 43mm two-piece stainless steel case is water resistant to 165 feet and has been fitted with a spectacular blue padded crocodile leather strap that matches the embossed blue numbers and indices on the silver opaline dial. Only 100 of these amazing timepieces will ever be produced. If you’re the type of person who appreciates mechanical perfection, you won’t want to miss this unique opportunity to acquire the world’s first and only mechanical GMT alarm chronometer. To put this mechanical marvel on your own wrist, contact an authorized Fortis dealer immediately and reserve your Fortis F-43 today.

Fortis Mens 703.20.92 LC05 F-43 Flieger Limited Edition Chronograph Alarm GMT Chronometer C.O.S.C. Dual Power Reserve

List Price: $20,850   Country of Origin: Switzerland

Key features:

  • Fortis chronograph alarm GMT Swiss calibre F 2012, 13 ¼” movement, 39 jewels, 28,800 semi-vibrations/hr, Incabloc shock absorber, 2 spring barrels for independent power reserve of alarm and chronograph
  • Chronograph, second time zone/GMT features
  • Highly polished steel case, two-parts, 43mm diameter, pusher protection
  • Screw-down glass case back
  • Relief silver opaline dial; flange with alarm scale; second time zone/GMT; AM/PM indication; time and alarm power reserve indications; 30-min counter, 12-hr counter; triangles illustrating the direction of rotating the crown for quick adjustment of the date and alarm; Arabic numerals and indices embossed and dyed blue; hr and min hands dyed blue; hr, min hands and indices with luminous material and green afterglow in the darkness; alarm arrow head and alarm ON window in blue
  • Anti-reflective, scratch resistant sapphire crystal anti-reflective on both sides
  • GMT indication on a disc at 12 o’clock, adjustable by additional crown at 10 o’clock, power reserve indications
  • Rotor engraved with the typical blue Fortis stars design and visible through glass case back
  • Croco leather strap blue padded, folding buckle in steel, with Fortis logo and “Limited Edition” engraved on buckle
  • Leather box, instruction manual with certificate of limitation, international warranty card, C.O.S.C. testing certificate
  • First and worlds’ only mechanical alarm Chronometer C.O.S.C with GMT indication and two power reserve indications; mechanical masterpiece with more than 500 parts
  • Limited edition of 100 pieces individually numbered (xxx/100)
  • Water resistant to 165 feet
  • 2-year warranty

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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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