Fortis 328th Tactical Airlift Squadron Watch

Lockheed C-130-Hercules Aircraft


by John Sealander  

It’s no surprise that the “World’s Best Airdrop Crew” has selected the world’s best aviation timepiece as their official squadron watch.

Fortis WatchesThe United States Air Force 328th Tactical Airlift Squadron (TAS) has been providing dedicated airlift support for every major conflict the United States Air Force has been involved with since World War II. Not only has the squadron amassed an impressive 130,000 hours of flight time without a mishap, they were also designated the “World’s Best Airdrop Crew” in 1996 at the McChord Air Force Base worldwide airlift rodeo. With a heritage that goes back to supporting combat operations in Burma during World War II, the 328th has always been there whenever the military needed to move troops and equipment during wartime.

It is no surprise that this unit, which has served proudly in Asia, the Middle East, and other hot zones around the world, would choose a timepiece with an equally illustrious history for their official squadron watch. The iconic Fortis B-42 Pilot Professional Chronograph has long been a favorite of astronauts and aviators whenever the mission has been critical.

Fortis 328 B-42 TAS Watch
Fortis 328 B-42 TAS Watch
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The special limited edition of the B-42 Pilot Professional Chronograph Fortis created for the 328th features the unique 328th Tactical Airlift Squadron insignia with its camouflaged mushroom and the Latin slogan “Tenete Eos In Tenebris,” which translates to “Always Kept in the Dark” in English. The dial also includes a rendition of the Lockheed C-130 Hercules aircraft currently operated by the squadron directly below the day/date window, along with the slogan “Celebrating 70 years of Tactical Service” wrapped around the 12-hour totalizer at 6 o’clock. There is a second 30-minute totalizer at 12 o’clock.

Like all Fortis B-42 Chronographs, this superb tool watch is easy-to-read even under difficult lighting conditions. The entire length of the pencil hands has been painted with bright white superluminova material and the three chronograph hands are a bright orange. There are arrows near the large day/date window at 3 o’clock indicating which direction the crown should be turned when making adjustments, along with a handy tachymeter scale on the chapter ring flange. The 42 mm stainless steel case is water resistant to 660 feet and includes an anti-reflective, scratch resistant crystal protecting the dial, along with a clear exhibition back, making it easy to view the precision Swiss made Valjoux 7750 movement within.

The 328th Airlift Squadron has provided critical airlift support for every major conflict since World War II. It is only fitting that squadron members are now supported by something equally reliable on their wrist. This is a timepiece that the entire squadron can wear proudly while on duty and pass down later as a treasured heirloom.

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Calibre Akron Watch Collection

USS Akron Helium Filled Airship


by John Sealander  

One of the World’s Largest Helium Filled Airships Provides the Inspiration for these Oversize Military Style Timepieces

Calibre WatchesThe USS Akron, which joined the U.S. Navy’s fleet of helium-filled airships in September of 1931, was certainly impressive. The enormous airship was 785 feet long, could carry a crew of 89 men, and even carried its own fleet of Sparrowhawk biplanes, which could be launched and retrieved from the air. Conceived as an airborne aircraft carrier, this innovative design was one of the largest flying objects in the world at the time.

This large, versatile craft served as the inspiration for the equally impressive Calibre Akron Collection. With eleven exciting models to choose from, the 42 mm Akron offers something for almost every fan of military style timepieces. These versatile timing tools all feature a unidirectional stainless steel rotating bezel that is clearly marked in 60-minute increments. The reliable Swiss made quartz movement is housed in a massive stainless steel case that is water resistant to 165 feet. The case features a protected crown, and the stainless steel caseback has been engraved with a beautiful rendition of the USS Akron.

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Two distinct Akron styles are available. There is a versatile chronograph model with three well-placed sub-dials for timing events, along with a tachymeter scale engraved on the chapter ring. There is also a classic, three-hand, pilot style configuration for those who prefer understated simplicity. These superb timepieces are available with a choice of black, white, or orange dials and have been equipped with a comfortable black rubber strap. All models include a convenient date window at 4 o’clock.

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Like all Calibre timepieces, the Akron Collection showcases the brand’s expert craftsmanship and attention to detail, which is rarely seen in such an affordable watch. With its precisely machined case and crisp, clear lettering, you could easily mistake an Akron timepiece for something costing thousands of dollars more.

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If you’re a fan of military watches, but don’t have a defense department budget, the impressive Calibre Akron may be the perfect watch for you. To see what one of these military masterpieces looks like on your wrist, just contact your authorized Calibre dealer today and ask to see the Akron Collection.

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Fortis VP-40 “Laging Handa” Patron Squadron Forty Watch

P-3C Orion Aircraft Assigned to the Fighting Marlins of Patrol Squadron Forty


by John Sealander  

With “always ready” their motto and 46 years of mishap-free
operations, the illustrious Fighting Marlins needed a squadron
watch that was always ready as well.

Fortis WatchesPatrol Squadron Forty, commissioned by the U.S. Navy on January 20, 1951, became the first West Coast squadron to adopt the Martin P5M-1 “Marlin” seaplane. They were initially deployed to patrol the waters surrounding the Philippine Islands and took the nickname “Fighting Marlins” in honor of their plane, as well as the motto “Laging Handa,” which, in the Philippine language, means “Always Ready.”

Over the years, VP-40, as the squadron is known in the military, took their motto seriously, serving admirably in an increasingly dangerous world. The Fighting Marlins participated in search and rescue operations in the Sea of Japan following the Soviet downing of a Korean commercial airliner in September 1983. They were an important part of the United States-led effort to liberate Kuwait during Operation Desert Storm. They were the first Americans to respond to the attack on the USS Cole in 2000. The Squadron supported both Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom and continues to be an important component in the ongoing global war on terrorism.

With a history like this, the Fighting Marlins knew they needed a squadron watch that was up to the challenge. In honor of their ongoing commitment to remaining resolute and ready at all times, Fortis has created a special limited edition of the famed Fortis B-42 Pilot Professional Chronograph emblazoned with the official VP-40 insignia at 9 o’clock. The illustrious Fighting Marlins could have chosen virtually any timepiece as their squadron watch, but they selected the Swiss made B-42 Pilot Professional for the same reasons that other military squadrons around the world have chosen to become part of the popular Fortis Squadron Watch Program.

Fortis VP-40 “Laging Handa” Patron Squadron Forty Watch
Fortis VP-40 Laging Handa Patron Forty Squadron Watch
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Fortis watches are not merely fashion accessories. They are tough, reliable timing tools that have become standard equipment for some of the world’s most celebrated soldiers, sailors, and aviators. The 42 mm Fortis B-42 Pilot Professional is the perfect companion for a squadron like the Fighting Marlins. With an almost indestructible stainless case that is water resistant to 660 feet, an anti-reflective scratch resistant sapphire crystal and a dependable Swiss-made ETA 7750 automatic movement, this superb chronograph is “always ready,” just like the VP-40 aviators who wear it.

With 30-minute and 12-hour totalizers for timing events, an oversize black dial with legible white luminous lettering, a versatile tachymeter scale engraved on the chapter ring, and a large day/date window at 3 o’clock, the B-42 is considered by many to be the ultimate pilot’s watch. The men and women of the Fighting Marlins will wear this unique timepiece with pride. If you’d like to do the same, we urge you to contact an authorized Fortis dealer immediately. While the squadron this watch honors will continue to be “always ready,” supplies of this spectacular limited edition timepiece are not guaranteed to be always available.

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Fortis F-4F Phantoms Phorever Squadron Watch

by John Sealander  

The F-4F Phantom may have taken its last flight, but its memory
will live forever in this fabulous new Fortis squadron watch.

Fortis WatchesThe McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II jet fighter is considered by many to be the last true “pilots” aircraft in active military service. The venerable Phantom, was tricky to fly and had none of the sophisticated computer assisted control systems found on modern jet fighters. Nevertheless, the F-4 remains one of the most popular jet fighters of all time and is the last U.S. fighter to attain “ace” status in the 20th Century by achieving five aerial kills against other enemy fighter aircraft in air-to-air combat.

Although the F-4 was retired from service by the United States in 1996, it has lived on in the armed forces of other nations. On June 28, 2013 the Phantom F-4F fighter jets of the German Air Force took off for the last time, to be replaced by the Eurofighter Typhoon.

To commemorate this historic occasion, Fortis has produced a special “Phantoms Phorever” edition of its popular Flieger Automatic Chronograph Aviator watch. As part of the Fortis Squadron Watch program, the Fortis F-4F Phantoms Phorever watch is being produced in a strictly limited edition of 175 pieces to honor the number of F-4F aircraft flown by the German Air Force.

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These exclusive limited edition timepieces are emblazoned with the squadron’s own insignia on the dial. The Phantoms Phorever Fortis Flieger Automatic Chronograph features the famous “Phantoms Phorever” slogan encircling the 12-hour subdial at 6 o’clock, an outline of the F-4F aircraft under the continuous small seconds hand at 9 o’clock, and the iconic Phantom “spook” caricature below the day/date indicator.

The Fortis name has become synonymous with the kind of toughness that aviators and astronauts depend on. Although the F-4F has been officially retired by the German Air Force, anyone who has flown or appreciated this legendary aircraft can continue to wear their “Phantoms Phorever” watch with pride as a tribute to one of the most significant jet fighters ever produced. To put a Fortis F-4F Phantoms Phorever watch on your own wrist, contact an authorized Fortis dealer immediately. Supplies of this spectacular timepiece are extremely limited.

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Fortis Hungarian Air Force Squadron Watches


by John Sealander  

Fortis Pilot Professional Chronograph
Official Watch of an Entire Air Force

Fortis WatchesThe Hungarian Air Force has had a long and interesting history. The Air Force was founded in 1918 under the short-lived Hungarian Soviet Republic, but was disbanded only two years later at the end of World War I under the Treaty of Trianon. Under the terms of the treaty, Hungary was forbidden from owning military aircraft. A secret air force was gradually established using civilian planes during the 1930’s and in the Summer of 1942, this secret force became part of the Luftwaffe and fought against Russia on the Eastern Front during World War II.

After the Soviets took over Hungary in 1947, the Russians began to expand and modernize the Hungarian Air Force. During the cold war, the Hungarian pilots flying Russian MIG fighters provided one of the first lines of defense against an attack from the West. The fall of the Soviet Union brought even more dramatic changes, as the Hungarian Air Force became one of the first air forces in the world to officially change sides.

Today, the Hungarian Air Force is a full member of NATO and participates in a wide variety of humanitarian and defensive missions around the world.

Fortis B-42 Pilot Professional Hungarian Air Force Squadron WatchIn 2001, the Hungarian Air Force selected the Fortis Pilot Professional Chronograph as their official timepiece and Hungarian air squadrons have been loyal to Fortis ever since.

A special limited edition of the Pilot Professional Chronograph was created to honor Hungarian NATO pilots. This watch features the Hungarian Air Force insignia on the custom dial at 9 o’clock and the words “Hungarian Air Force” below the small second hand at 6 o’clock.

Fortis B-42 Pilot Professional Hungarian Air Force 47th Combat Squadron WatchThis watch proved popular with pilots and it wasn’t long before the air force’s 47th Combat Squadron based in Pápa, Hungary requested a special version of the Pilot Professional Chronograph for their own squadron. Instead of the Hungarian Air Force insignia, this rare limited edition watch features the insignia of the 47th Combat Squadron at 9 o’clock.

Only 200 numbered watches honoring this elite group of MIG pilots were ever produced.

It is not surprising that the Fortis Pilot Professional Chronograph has been selected by pilots around the world as their official timepiece. This rugged 40mm stainless steel watch is water resistant to 100 meters and features a premium Swiss Valjoux 7750 movement that is accurate to within 1 second a day. The clean, uncluttered black dial features bold white Arabic numerals that are clearly visible even in low-light conditions. These are professional watches that pilots are proud to wear during active duty and pass down to their heirs later.

Fortis Mens 635.10.11.M B-42 Pilot Professional Chronograph Watch

Fortis Mens 635.10.11.M B-42 Pilot Professional Chronograph Watch

List Price: $2,975   Movement: Automatic   Dial: Black

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Fortis USMC Aerial Refueler Transport 352 Squadron Watches


by John Sealander

The Fortis B-42 Cosmonaut GMT Raider
An Exclusive Watch for an Illustrious Squadron

Fortis WatchesSince its creation in April of 1943, Marine Transport Squadron 352 has been providing aerial support wherever the United States Marine Corps has been deployed. This elite unit supported the Berlin Airlift in 1948. The Raiders, as the squadron has come to be known, provided support for the Marines throughout the Korean conflict.

321 Lechfeld Tigers SquadronWith their rapid response capabilities and versatile aircraft, they were called on again during the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962. The squadron played a vital role throughout the Vietnam era and has taken part in numerous peacekeeping missions, from the civil war in Rwanda, to the disastrous 1999 earthquake in Turkey, as well as the tsunami that devastated Thailand in 2004. In recent years, the squadron has demonstrated their skill and commitment again and again by supporting critical Marine and Navy missions in Iraq and Afghanistan.

It is only fitting that a fighting force with the illustrious history of Marine Transport Squadron 352 would choose an equally illustrious timepiece for their official squadron watch: the Fortis B-42 Cosmonaut GMT.

Fortis B-42 Cosmonaut GMT Raider 352 Squadron WatchTo commemorate the squadron’s many achievements, Fortis made a special limited edition of 25 military watches exclusively for squadron members.

This unique and very exclusive version of the B-42 Cosmonaut GMT features the 352 squadron patch on the custom dial at 9 o’clock, along with the Raiders scull and crossbones insignia at 12 o’clock. With only 25 total units worldwide, this special limited edition is almost as rare as the Fortis Cosmonaut watches that have actually flown in space.

The B-42 Cosmonaut GMT is a perfect choice for aviators like the Raiders of Squadron 352. The clarity of the double anti-reflective sapphire crystal is amazing, making the clean, uncluttered dial easy to read in any light. The 60 click rotating 24-hour chapter ring is divided into black for night and gray for day, making it almost effortless to track multiple time zones. It’s no surprise that the Russian Space Agency and the Squadron 352 Raiders both rely on the B-42 Cosmonaut GMT.

Fortis Squadron Watches aren’t just another military style timepiece. They’re part of your uniform!

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Spacematic GMT Watch

Eligible for the Squadron Watch Program
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B-42 Official Cosmonauts Day/Date Watch

Eligible for the Squadron Watch Program
Fortis Mens 624.22.11 M Spacematic GMT Watch
Fortis Mens 647.10.11 M B-42 Official Cosmonauts Day/Date Watch

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