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 656.18.81.K B-42 Flieger Automatic Black Dial Chronograph


by Meehna Goldsmith  

Fortis WatchesA Flieger watch is a pilot’s or aviator’s watch that was developed in 1942 in Germany for pilots during the World War II to assist in navigation. The original brands commissioned by the German government to make these watches were Lange & Sohne, International Watch Company, Laco, Stowa and Wempe.

Buy Fortis Men's 656.18.81.K B-42 Flieger Chronograph WatchFortis has the know-how and history to build a superb Flieger watch with their impressive history in spaceflight. They are the official watch for the cosmonauts in the Russian space program, so Fortis knows how to craft tough and durable watches that are trusted not only to provide function but also hold up in conditions when survival is on the line. And that’s why its B-42 Flieger 656.18.81.K stands out from the competition.

For a Flieger watch the dial layout and visibility are crucial elements to the design. And while there are specific guidelines, not every company can design one that can meet the standards for professional conditions. The swiss made Fortis 656.18.81.K B-42 Flieger watch nails it.

As required, Arabic numerals punctuate the dial in a size large enough to easily see without overwhelming the dial. A telltale sign of a Flieger watch is the triangle with two dots on each side marking 12 o’clock. This design element was incorporated to allow the pilot to know when the dial was in the proper upper orientation at night and also served the function of a solar compass. All the hands and markers are lumed so they glow in low light conditions.

The Fortis 656.18.81.K watch builds in the added functionality of a chronograph with running seconds at 9 o’clock, 30 minute counter at 12 o’clock and 12 hour counter at 6 o’clock. If that weren’t enough, the watch includes day and date seen respectively at 9 o’clock and 3 o’clock. Fortis added a smart and useful detail by putting a triangle on the date to highlight its position. Without protective coating, the best dial layouts are lost in the glare. The B-42 Flieger 656.18.81.K coats the sapphire crystal on both sides to eliminate this potential problem.

Fortis 656.18.81.K B-42 Flieger – Deployment Clasp
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By putting the B-42 Flieger 656.18.81.K in a 42 mm black coated stainless steel case, it has a stealthy look that also happens to be on trend. Black watches are a popular choice for both tool and fashion watches so this one can straddle both worlds. As required for a Flieger watch, the Fortis 656.18.81.K B-42 Flieger is punctuated with a large crown, which was required for pilots to be able to wind the watch with gloves on.

If worn consistently, the Fortis 656.18.81.K doesn’t need to be wound as it contains an automatic movement with a fine timing device and incabloc shock absorber to protect it and keep it on precision time. The movement can be seen through the sapphire caseback. The watch straps to the wrist with a matching black rubber strap with a deployment clasp and is water resistant to 660 feet, which makes this a versatile watch for land, sky and sea.

Fortis 656.18.81.K B-42 Flieger Automatic Black Dial Chronograph

Buy Fortis Men's 656.18.81.K B-42 Flieger Chronograph WatchKey features:

  • Swiss made timepiece
  • Swiss automatic self-wind movement
  • Stainless steel case, diameter 42 mm, thickness 16 mm
  • Black dial, superluminova luminous color
  • Chronograph function
  • Anti-reflective sapphire crystal
  • Black rubber strap, width 20 mm, deployment clasp
  • Water resistant to 660 feet
  • 2-year manufacturer’s warranty

There’s no doubt the Fortis 656.18.81.K B-42 Flieger Black Watch hits all the marks. It even won the Busse Longlife Design Award for watch of the year in 2009. Design and function together make for a killer combination.

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Fortis 597.20.71.M Flieger Automatic Stainless Steel Chronograph


by Meehna Goldsmith  

Fortis WatchesMan has been fascinated by flight since he first gazed up into the heavens. Many tried before them, but brothers Orville and Wilbur Wright got the first aircraft legitimately off the ground in 1903. Timing is crucial to aviation, for navigation, but fumbling for a pocket watch was inconvenient. Flying pioneer Albert Santos-Dumont sought the help of his friend Louis Cartier, who made the Cartier Santos wristwatch just for the purpose of flying and the aviation watch was born.

Buy Fortis 597.20.71.M Flieger Stainless Steel Chronograph Over the course of the past century, the pilot’s watch evolved in function and design to assist the pilot in his journey. The Fortis 597.20.71.M Flieger Chronograph represents a cool example of the modern flight watch that’s as sleekly designed as it is a timepiece ready to take on other tasks. It even won a design award.

The Fortis Flieger 597.20.71.M features a black dial with a configuration that’s easy on the eyes, a definite requirement to access information quickly whether up in the air or on the ground. The chronograph indicators of hours, running seconds and minutes are found on the left side of the dial at 12, 9 and 6 o’clock respectively.

As visibility is key in a pilot’s watch, lume coats the pencil-point skeletonized hands and white Arabic numerals, capped off by the traditional pilot’s watch signature of an illuminated triangle at 12 o’clock for nighttime orientation. The 597.20.71.M Flieger Chronograph also includes a day and date indicator at 3 o’clock with another illuminated triangle to direct the eye there for fast reference, above which sits the Fortis crown logo. To decrease glare, 597.20.71.M Flieger Chronograph’s crystal is coated in an anti-reflective material.

In a 40 mm stainless steel case that feels just right on the wrist, the 597.20.71.M Flieger Chronograph conveniently places the chronograph pushers to stop, start and reset the function in the traditional 2 and 4 o’clock position with a large knurled crown embossed with the Fortis logo in between. To match the stainless case the watch comes on a 3-link stainless steel bracelet with a deployant clasp.

Fortis 597.20.71.M Flieger Automatic Stainless Steel Chronograph

Buy Fortis 597.20.71.M Flieger Stainless Steel ChronographKey features:

  • Swiss made timepiece
  • Swiss automatic self-wind movement
  • Stainless steel case, diameter 40 mm, thickness 15 mm
  • Black dial, superluminova luminous color, day and date functions
  • Chronograph function
  • Anti-reflective sapphire crystal
  • Stationary stainless steel bezel
  • Grey stainless steel bracelet, width 19 mm, fold over clasp
  • Water resistant to 330 feet
  • 2-year manufacturer’s warranty

A robust automatic movement powers the Fortis 597.20.71.M Flieger Chronograph, which resists water to 330 feet. As a pilot inspired watch that can handle tool and social situations, the 597.20.71.M Flieger Chronograph does both jobs with panache.

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Fortis Mens 635.10.11 L.08 B-42 Pilot Professional Black Dial Aviator Chronograph


by Adrian Herscovici  

A Match Made in Flight: The Fortis B-42 and the Valjoux 7750

Fortis WatchesBefore pilots had chronographs integrated into their wristwatches, they typically carried separate stopwatches for use in navigation. When the time-only wristwatch was eventually combined with a chronograph, pilots were able to satisfy both functions with one device.

Fortis fuses these two primary functions in its Fortis B-42 Pilot Professional Chronograph from the company’s aviation collections, and what better movement to salute this match made in flight than the famed Valjoux 7750, the veritable workhorse of mechanical chronographs, which like the pilot watch, is renowned for its function-over-form simplicity.

Fortis Mens 635.10.11 L.08 B-42 Pilot Professional Black Dial Chronograph Aviator Watch


The Valjoux 7750 was introduced in 1974 and features prominently in contemporary chronographs. It differs from the traditional column-wheel chronograph in that it uses a different mechanism to control the switching functions, which include starting, stopping and resetting. The significant advantage of the 7750’s design is in efficiency, both in terms of ease of assembly and ease of maintenance.

Fortis customizes the winding rotor of this Valjoux 7750 with blue engravings including the Fortis logo; the words Since 1912 Swiss commemorate the company’s founding year, while World’s First Manufacturer of Automatic Wristwatches commemorates one of the company’s finest achievements. All of this can be viewed through the watch’s exhibition caseback.

Fortis Mens 635.10.11 L.08 B-42 Pilot Professional Black Dial Chronograph Aviator Watch - Back View


To accommodate the movement’s three-plate construction (main plate, calendar plate and chronograph plate), the two-part stainless steel case is 42 mm in diameter by 16 mm thick. The sapphire crystal has an anti-reflective coating on both sides and the caseback is screw-down. The oversized, screw-down crown adds to the watch’s overall water resistance of 660 feet.

The distinctive chronograph counter layout of the Valjoux 7750 has the 12-hour counter at 6 o’clock, the 30-minute counter at 12, and the continuous-seconds counter at 9. The chronograph hands, meanwhile, are painted orange so that elapsed seconds, minutes and hours can be calculated with relative ease.

White numbers and indices provide excellent contrast against the matte, black dial. Plenty of Super-LumiNova coats the numerals, hour markers and hands. In addition to the traditional arrowhead index and flanking dots at 12 o’clock, two other arrows appear on either side of the day and date windows – one facing down and one facing up – to indicate which direction the wearer should turn the crown to make quick adjustments. The flange has a tachymeter scale for measuring speed in conjunction with the chronograph.

This Fortis B-42 Pilot Professional Chronograph features a padded cognac-brown leather strap with white stitching that brings the black, orange and white dial elements to the fore. The strap is fitted to the case and the prong-style buckle is personalized with the Fortis crown.

This Fortis B-42 Pilot Professional Chronograph may also custom labeled through the Fortis Squadron Watch and Fortis Private Label Watch Programs.

Fortis Mens 635.10.11 L.08 B-42 Pilot Professional Black Dial Chronograph Aviator Watch

List Price: $3,425

  • Swiss automatic Valjoux 7750 movement
  • Chronograph, day and date features
  • Stainless steel case, diameter 42mm, thickness 16mm
  • Screw down crown
  • Black dial
  • Scratch resistant anti-reflective sapphire crystal
  • Brown leather band, width 19mm, buckle clasp
  • Water resistant to 660 feet
  • 2-year manufacturer’s warranty

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