Fortis B-42 Flieger Automatic Chronograph Collection


by John Sealander  

The Watch Professional Pilots Prefer on Their Wrists

Fortis WatchesThe Fortis B-42 Flieger is legendary among aviators. This classic military style watch has everything that professional pilots need. Available in a practical three-hand or a sophisticated chronograph configuration, these superbly crafted timing tools feature large, easily readable dials, clearly marked lettering, and in the case of the chronograph models, the additional tools you need to accurately measure everything from airspeed to the length of a trip leg.

Fortis B-42 Flieger Automatic Watch CollectionThe classic 42 mm Flieger Automatic design features a large easy-to-read dial with contrasting lettering for easy visibility under adverse lighting conditions. The watch is housed in a rugged PVD coated or brushed stainless steel case that is water resistant to 660 feet and is protected by an anti-reflective, scratch resistant sapphire crystal.

Fortis 656.10.11 K
B-42 Flieger Automatic
Fortis 635.10.12 L.01
B-42 Flieger Automatic
Fortis 656.10.11 M
B-42 Flieger Automatic
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A dependable, Swiss-made ETA 2386-2 mechanical movement typically powers three-hand models, while the chronographs utilize the venerable ETA Valjoux 7750 movement with a 42-hour power reserve. Each of these professional timing tools has been engineered to provide a lifetime of reliable service. Chronograph models include 30-minute and 12-hour sub-dials for timing events, as well as a small seconds display at 6 o’clock. The versatile chronograph dial has a big date window at 3 o’clock and a tachymeter scale inscribed around the chapter ring. Most three-hand models also include a convenient big date display.

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B-42 Flieger Automatic
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B-42 Flieger Automatic
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B-42 Flieger Automatic
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Your Fortis B-42 Flieger Automatic can be equipped with a beautiful, topstitched leather caoutchouc band or stainless steel bracelet. These oversized, masculine watches are perfectly proportioned for a man’s wrist and include a larger than normal winding crown, which makes the watch easy to operate in the air or on the ground. Chronograph models include two well-placed stainless steel pushers on either side of the crown for timing events.

Fortis B-42 Flieger Automatic Watch CollectionAfter 100 years of technical innovation and firsts, it’s no surprise that Fortis watches have become a favored timepiece of astronauts and aviators. Fortis means “strength” in Latin and professional aviators know that they can depend on these remarkable, Swiss-made timing tools when there’s no room for error. If you’re a pilot, or would like to look like one, just contact an authorized Fortis dealer and ask to see the B-42 Flieger Automatic Watch Collection. One of these remarkable timepieces is already cleared for takeoff on your wrist.

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Fortis B-42 Flieger Black Cockpit GMT Watch Collection

Cockpit


by John Sealander  

Compared to other aviation timepieces, the innovative B-42 Flieger Black Cockpit GMT is as different as night and day.

Fortis WatchesSince it prevents any ambiguity as to when events occurred, aviators and the military have always preferred dividing the time into 24-hour segments. This time keeping convention is popularly referred to as military time and some of today’s most influential military and aviation timepieces still utilize a 24-hour dial. The B-42 Flieger Black Cockpit GMT augments and enhances the traditional 24-hour military style display by dividing the day and night into two hemispheres: one black and the other white.

The unique dial features a clearly lettered 60-minute scale as the primary time indicator, augmented by a smaller 24-hour scale on the chapter ring. The watch employs a traditional three-hand configuration with broad, sword style hands that are augmented by a rotating disc at the center of the dial to indicate GMT time.

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B-42 Black Cockpit GMT
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B-42 Black Cockpit GMT
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The eye catching 42 mm timepiece is as different as day and night from most aviator watches and will appeal to anyone looking for a bold, visually compelling alternative to a conventional GMT watch. Complementing the dramatic dial is a PVD coated black stainless steel case that can be equipped with your choice of a 20 mm jet-black caoutchouc strap and push-button deployment clasp or calfskin strap and buckle clasp. This innovative, limited edition watch is powered by a precision Swiss-made ETA 2893 automatic GMT movement and is water resistant to an impressive 660 feet.

Anyone looking for an alternative to the small, hard-to-read GMT hands found on many multiple time zone watches will appreciate the stunning visual representation of 24-hour time provided by the B-42 Flieger Black Cockpit GMT’s unique black and white dial. Not only is this a great way to tell the time at a glance, it is also a great way to instantly become the center of attention.

After a century of watchmaking innovation, Fortis continues to set the pace for other watch companies to follow. This is a company that refuses to rest on its laurels. Even though Fortis already makes some of the world’s most popular aviation watches and chronographs, they knew there would always be customers looking for something different. The Fortis B-42 Flieger Black Cockpit GMT was expressly made for these discriminating customers. To put one of these innovative black and white beauties on your own wrist, contact an authorized Fortis dealer today and ask to see the Fortis B-42 Flieger Black Cockpit GMT Watch Collection.

Gevril Group US, Canada and Caribbean Fortis Watches Agent

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Fortis Swiss Watches First 100 Years 1912-2012

The first Fortis factory began commercial watch production in 1912 opposite the Grenchen train station in Switzerland.

During their first 100 years, Fortis hasn’t just gone faster, further and deeper than other watch companies; they’ve re-defined horology.

Fortis WatchesStarting in March 2012, Fortis will celebrate their 100 Year Jubilee. There is certainly plenty to celebrate. The history of Fortis is a history rich with innovations and accomplishments. As far back as 1926, this 100-year-old company was surprising the world with technical achievements that both amazed watch aficionados and delighted customers.

Fortis Develops First Automatic Watch

Fortis was the first in the world to develop a practical self-winding automatic watch movement. The revolutionary Harwood Automatic became such a classic that Fortis has reissued it twice over the years.

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Fortis Invents Automatic Chronograph Alarm Watch

As the company grew, more innovations followed. Fortis brought the first waterproof Swiss watches to the world with their popular Fortissimo models. Fortis began manufacturing their first chronographs in 1937 and it wasn’t long before they mastered these complex mechanisms. In 1997, 60 years after their first chronograph, Fortis patented the world`s first automatic chronograph alarm watch. This beautifully complex mechanical alarm watch is still highly prized by collectors today.

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Fortis Fortissimo Automatic Bumper Watch Fortis Impression Alarm Chronograph Watch

Fortis Blasts Off into Space

As Fortis solidified its reputation as a technical leader, people began to notice. A Fortis timepiece became an essential piece of equipment for discriminating pilots and aviators. When these aviators became astronauts and ventured into the new frontier of space, Fortis came along for the ride. Some of the original Mercury astronauts chose to wear the Fortis Spacematic watch.

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Fortis Mercury Astronauts

During the Russian-German space mission to the MIR space station in 1997, the Fortis Cosmonaut Chronograph was the mission’s official timepiece. To this day, all cosmonauts and astronauts leaving the Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Russia receive a Fortis watch as part of their official space equipment. Fortis also still has the distinction of being the first watch worn in open space, after a Fortis watch was worn outside the spacecraft on an early Russian spacewalk.

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Fortis has already let it be known that it would enjoy being the first watch on Mars, with the release of their spectacular Mars 500 commemorative edition.

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Fortis Flipper World’s First Fashion Watch

At the same time that the space race was changing the world of technology, pop culture was changing society itself. Fortis was at the forefront of this cultural shift with it’s innovative new Flipper watch. Fortis Flipper Black Dial WatchWhile other Swiss watch companies were going out of business with the advent of new inexpensive quartz technology, Fortis embraced the quartz watch and created one of its most popular models ever.

The innovative Flipper was an instant hit with its colorful plastic case and interchangeable bezels. The watch became a cult classic when celebrities like The Rolling Stones, Roman Polanski, and the late Leonard Bernstein began wearing it.

Some say the watch was even instrumental in the election of the late former American president Ronald Regan. The popular Flipper was the world’s first fashion watch and became a top seller in over 40 countries.

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Preeminent Fortis Pilot Watch Collections

Even though the company was producing one of the world’s most popular quartz watches, Fortis was not content to rest on its laurels. On the company’s 75th anniversary, Fortis began an ambitious program to re-launch the mechanical watches that had established the company’s reputation.

Not only was the historic Harwood automatic successfully reintroduced, so were many of the legendary pilot’s watches that had made the company a favorite with aviators worldwide. The result was a whole new generation of pilots who began wearing a Fortis watch on their wrist. The Fortis success in reintroducing the mechanical wristwatch did not go unnoticed in the industry. Many say that this Fortis initiative, which began in 1987, marked the beginning of the current renaissance of mechanical watches.

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Fortis Limited Art Editions

100 years after it was founded in Grenchen, Switzerland, Fortis continues to set the pace for other watch companies to follow. There are Fortis watches on board the International Space Station. Fortis watches were part of a real time Russian simulation of a flight to Mars to see if man can withstand the rigors of extended space travel. Even internationally renounced artists like Michael Mattern, Andora, Rolf Sachs and Frank Burmann have gotten on the Fortis bandwagon, creating spectacular limited “art editions” for the company.

Where is Fortis going next? It’s impossible to say. One thing is certain though. The next 100 years will be even more exciting than the first. Fortis will continue to follow man into space. They will continue to lead the world in technical innovation. There are even rumors that the popular Flipper will be returning soon.

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Fortis Extends Private Label Watch Business to North America

by Bill Shuster

Fortis WatchesFortis, one of the world’s leading fine watch brands, is expanding its successful private label business to companies, retailers, schools, teams, clubs, and other groups in the US and Canadian markets and is attracting them with very competitive pricing.

The respected Swiss brand, which marks its centennial in 2012, made the world’s first automatic watch and is known for technically-precise pilots watches and chronographs. Fortis watches are the official timepieces on the International Space Station, both for Russian cosmonauts and American astronauts; the authorized watches of the Hungarian Air Force; used by professional pilots, and airman in US flying squadrons. Those squadrons, until recently, were the primary American customers of Fortis’ long-established private label business, which represents 25% of its total production, making watches for clients worldwide.

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Now, Fortis is opening up its Private Label Program to any US or Canadian business or group wanting fine Swiss timepieces for members, staff, or clients at costs far below their respective retail prices.

“Not only does a client get a top-level watch with a 100-year rock-solid reputation,” said Miriam Tress, Fortis Brand Manager at Gevril Group, “but buying in bulk gets a great price. We reduce prices substantially for our private label customers. Of course, the final cost will depend upon quantity required, colors used and any add-ons, such as engraving the watch back (e.g., “2012 top sales division,” “National Pennant winners, 2012″).

Fortis offers private label clients a wide selection of mechanical timepieces, as well as watches from its lower-retail Fortis Colors quartz line, and only 25 watches are needed for a minimum order. Delivery can take from two weeks to six months, depending on the number of watches ordered and the extent of customization requested.

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Pilot Professional
Black Dial Watch
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B-42 Pilot Professional
Black Dial Watch
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B-42 Flieger Automatic
White Dial Watch
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Black Dial Chronograph
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B-42 Flieger Automatic
White Dial Chronograph
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Gevril Group US, Canada and Caribbean Fortis Watches Agent

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Fortis Mens B-42 Flieger Collection New Limited Edition Easy-to-Read Big Day Date Watches


Fortis WatchesThe established Swiss watch brand Fortis, well versed in the history of aeronautics and space travel, uses its knowledge for developing precise chronographs for pilots, cosmonauts and astronauts.

Being the supplier of numerous professional flight squadrons and as the manufacturer of the official watches of the Russian space program, Fortis keeps in touch constantly with pilots and space travelers. This strong contact allows Fortis to constantly test the watches in the most extreme conditions, and has enriched the creative work of the company as well as gaining experience and knowledge that can be incorporated into new timepieces.

Fortis B-42 Flieger Limited Edition Easy-to-Read Big Day Date Watch CollectionFortis Watches announced at Baselworld 2011 two new big date watches in the B-42 Flieger collection that are easy to read. Both black PVD and brushed steel versions feature a big day indication at 9 and a big date indication at 3 that are much easier to read than conventional day date implementations.

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Fortis Mens B-42 Flieger Collection New Limited Edition Easy-to-Read Big Day Date Watches

List Prices: TBA

Fortis B-42 Flieger Limited Edition Easy-to-Read Big Day Date Watch CollectionKey features:

  • Movement – Automatic Swiss movement 2836-1 modified, 11 1/2 “, 25 jewels; 28,800 semi-vibrations per hour; Fine timing device and Incabloc shock absorber
  • Function – Hour, minute, center-stop-second; day/date indication bilingual English and German; Fortis own big date mechanism
  • Case – Steel PVD black or brushed, two-parts, 42 mm case diameter; Sapphire crystal anti-reflective coating on both sides; crown with Fortis logo, screw-down glass case back; individually numbered (xxx/500); water-resistant 200 m/20 bar
  • Dial/Hands – Black matte, flange with hour-scale 13-24 h; Triangles at 3 and 9 illustrating the direction of rotating the crown for quick adjustment; Arabic numerals, hour/minute hands and indexes with Superluminova white and green afterglow in the darkness; center-stop-second white, easy-to-read day indication at 9 and big date indication at 3
  • Attachment – Leather strap black padded with contrast stitching fitted to the case
  • Packaging – Leather box, pouch with Fortis logo; instruction manual, international warranty card; certificate of limitation
  • Special Features – Limited Edition 500 pieces; Fortis own big date mechanism; visible movement through glass case back

Gevril Group US, Canada and Caribbean Fortis Watches Agent

Gevril GroupGevril Group is the sole US, Canada and Caribbean agent for Fortis Watches and the authorized Fortis watch repair service center. Contact us by email or by calling 845-425-9882.

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