Fortis 647.28.71 L.01 B-42 Marinemaster Black Automatic Date Watch


by Meehna Goldsmith  

Fortis WatchesNot 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
Fortis 647.28.71 L.01 B-42 Men's Marinemaster 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

Key features:

  • 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

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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Fortis 671.24.14 K B-42 Marinemaster Yellow Men’s Chronograph


by Adrian Herscovici  

New Stripes for an Enduring Classic

Fortis WatchesOne thing that gets some collectors excited is a new variation of a favorite watch. Fresh colors have the ability to revitalize a design and breathe contemporary air into a classic look. The latest version of the Fortis B-42 Marinemaster Chronograph mixes black and yellow – a popular color combination found in nature, in fashion and in design the world over, not to mention in watch collections from brands both large and small.

Buy Fortis 671.24.14 K B-42 Marinemaster Yellow ChronographLike other watches in the Marinemaster collection, the B-42 Marinemaster Chronograph is built for life. It starts with a stalwart movement: the ETA Valjoux 7750 automatic, a benchmark among chronographs and veritable pillar of Swiss precision and reliability.

The rugged three-part case is constructed of brushed stainless steel and measures 42 mm in diameter. The unidirectional turning bezel is both a visual and functional highlight: the combination of black and yellow is eye-catching, while the deep scalloped edges provide good grip for turning, especially underwater, where the watch is water resistant to a depth of 660 feet. There is more to the bezel: unlike most dive bezels, this one makes a full turn in 120 increments, meaning it is adjustable in half-minute steps. The pip positioned on the bezel at 12 o’clock is luminous and has a blue afterglow.

Functional aspects of this Marinemaster do not end there. The crown is substantial enough to grip and is personalized with the Fortis logo; the chrono pushers are firmly inset and well protected. Adding to the watch’s water resistance is a screw-down caseback, which is embossed with a historic Fortis motif. On the front, anti-reflective sapphire crystal provides a clear and scratch-resistant pane.

To a novice, the dial of the Fortis 671.24.14 K B-42 Marinemaster Chronograph watch might seem crowded, but it is actually clear and easy to read thanks to the sharp contrast between the white, yellow and black elements. The layout of the sub-dials is based on the Valjoux 7750 movement with a 30-minute totalizer at 12 o’clock, a 12-hour totalizer at 6 o’clock and running seconds at 9 o’clock. These stand out next to the yellow hour numerals. Toward the outside of the dial is the minute-and-second track as well as a tachymeter scale, which is positioned on the angled flange. The hands, hour markers and indices are all coated with Super-Luminova, which glows blue in the dark. The central chronograph seconds hand also has a luminous circle half way up the hand.

A tidy set-up on the dial at 3 o’clock includes the Fortis logo as well as the day and date. Both stand out well on white backgrounds. Changing the day or date is a breeze on this watch because the two arrowheads on either side of the day and date windows – one facing down and one facing up – indicate which direction the wearer should turn the crown to make quick adjustments. They might seem superfluous, but the arrowheads are convenient reminders and, in design terms, echo the shape of the traditional arrowhead index at 12 o’clock – which appears in deference to Fortis’s aviation style watches.

Since the B-42 Marinemaster Chronograph is a seagoing watch at heart, Fortis mounts the watch on a black rubber strap that fastens by way of a brushed steel folding clasp featuring the Fortis logo. But there are options to mix it up; namely, a black leather strap or steel bracelet.

Fortis 671.24.14 K B-42 Marinemaster Yellow Men’s Chronograph

Buy Fortis 671.24.14 K B-42 Marinemaster Yellow ChronographKey features:

  • ETA Valjoux 7750 Swiss automatic movement, 25 jewels, 28,800 vibrations per hour
  • Chronograph, day and date functions
  • Brushed 3-part stainless steel case, diameter 42 mm
  • Black dial, yellow Arabic numerals, luminous hands and hour markers, tachymeter
  • Broad fluted stainless steel unidirectional rotating bezel in black / yellow
  • Individually numbered screw-down case back, embossed with historic Fortis motif
  • Anti-reflective scratch-resistant sapphire crystal
  • Rubber strap, brushed stainless steel folding clasp
  • Water resistant to 660 feet
  • 2-year manufacturer’s warranty

The Fortis Mens 671.24.14 K B-42 Marinemaster Chronograph watch in yellow and black is a vibrant rendering of an enduring classic. Contact an authorized Fortis dealer to add one to a collection that already includes a Marinemaster, or own one for the first time in this highly desirable color palette.

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 official Fortis watch repair service center. Contact us by email or by calling 845-425-9882.

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3H Italia Mens 441AN Oceandiver Black Dial Diver Watch


by John Sealander  

The 3H Italia Oceandiver: The Bright, Bold Way to Make a Big Statement

3H Italia WatchesWith its easy-to-read bright orange numbers, functional unidirectional rotating bezel, and a case that’s water resistant to 500 feet, the 3H Italia Oceandiver is a professional tool that any serious diver will appreciate. This fabulous 43.5 mm timepiece features a protected crown, a durable mineral glass crystal, an integrated magnifying lens over the date window between 4 and 5 o’clock, brightly luminous Superluminova hands, and a unique black and orange bezel to ensure optimal visibility under underwater conditions.

Buy 3H Italia WatchesLike all 3H Italia timepieces, the popular Oceandiver has a lot more to offer than its practical functionality, however. This stylish professional diver makes a big statement on any wrist. 3H Italia’s fashion-forward styling is one reason why celebrities around the world have been seen wearing the company’s bold Italian designs.

The Oceandiver is powered by a premium automatic movement and comes with two easily interchangeable straps. With a comfortable orange silicon strap for sports use and an elegant alligator textured leather strap for dressier occasions, this versatile timepiece is ready for anything.

3H Italia Mens 441AN Oceandiver Black Dial Diver Watch


If you’d like to join the growing list of people who have already discovered the almost irresistible attraction of wearing a 3H Italia timepiece, talk to an authorized 3H Italia dealer today and ask to see the fabulous new Oceandiver Collection.

3H Italia Mens 441AN Oceandiver Black Dial Diver Watch

Buy 3H Italia WatchesKey features:

  • Automatic mechanical movement with hours, minutes, seconds and date
  • Stainless steel case, diameter 43.5 mm, thickness 16 mm
  • Black and orange stainless steel, unidirectional, rotating bezel
  • Black dial, orange markers, large luminous hands
  • Mineral crystal
  • Magnifying glass on date display between 4 and 5 o’clock
  • Watch strap set consisting of one silicon strap and one alligator textured leather
  • Water resistant to 500 feet
  • 2-year manufacturers warranty

About Gevril Group

Gevril GroupGevril Group, watchmaker and wholesale watch distributor, is the exclusive U.S. agent for exquisitely designed and crafted European luxury and fashion watch brands, distributing and servicing some of the best affordable luxury and Swiss watches and trendy fashion watches. Gevril Group also operates a full-service watch repair, staffed by master Swiss watchmakers. Contact Gevril Group by email or by calling 845-425-9882.

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New Claude Bernard Mens 10205 3 NIN Aquarider Chronograph


by John Sealander  

Claude Bernard Takes the Modern Sports Watch  
to Extremes with the Amazing New Aquarider  

Claude Bernard Swiss-Made WatchesThe modern sports watch is many things to many people. Runners time races with them. Racing drivers calculate lap times. Scuba divers use them to keep track of their remaining air supply. Luckily, for fans of extreme sports, Claude Bernard has created a single timepiece that will do all this and much more.

The impressive Claude Bernard Aquarider Collection has taken the modern sports watch to extremes by combining the classic unidirectional rotating bezel of a professional diver watch with a versatile “three eye” chronograph for timing events. No matter what your passion happens to be, the ruggedly built Aquarider is there when you need it most.


This 42 mm stainless steel timepiece is water resistant to 720 feet and features a protected crown and pushers. The rotating bezel is divided into easy-to-read 60-minute increments, and the three chronograph subdials record intervals of 30 minutes, 12 hours and continuous seconds. There’s virtually nothing that can’t be timed or measured with this watch.

Like all Claude Bernard timepieces, the Aquarider is hand assembled at Claude Bernard’s workshops in Les Genevez, Switzerland. Only the finest materials are used, including a precision Swiss made quartz movement that will provide rock solid, reliable service under the most demanding conditions.

The Aquarider has been fitted with a comfortable caoutchouc strap with a fold-over double push button safety clasp. An anti-reflective sapphire crystal protects the dial and a screw down stainless steel caseback ensures the integrity of the case.

Claude Bernard Sports Watches - Mens 10205 3 NIN Extreme Sports Chronograph

Claude Bernard Mens 10205 3 NIN Aquarider Chronograph

List Price: $575

  • Swiss made timepiece
  • Precise quartz movement
  • Chronograph function
  • Stainless steel case, diameter 42 mm, thickness 11.5 mm
  • Black dial, date window, luminous hands and hour markers
  • Black PVD coated unidirectional rotating bezel with minute track
  • Anti-reflective scratch-resistant sapphire crystal
  • Genuine black rubber strap, width 19 mm, fold-over double push button safety clasp
  • Water resistant to 720 feet
  • 2-year manufacturer’s warranty


Although Claude Bernard watches aren’t as well known as some of their famous Swiss neighbors, they are highly regarded by watch aficionados around the world. A Claude Bernard timepiece represents a tremendous value; combining traditional Swiss quality and craftsmanship with a fashion forward sense of style seldom seen in this traditional country.

If your interests take you to extremes, you won’t want to be without a Claude Bernard Aquarider timepiece. To put one of these amazingly versatile watches on your own wrist, contact your authorized Claude Bernard dealer today.

About Gevril Group

Gevril GroupGevril Group, watchmaker and wholesale watch distributor, is the exclusive U.S. agent for exquisitely designed and crafted European luxury and fashion watch brands, distributing and servicing some of the best affordable luxury and Swiss watches and trendy fashion watches. Gevril Group also operates a full-service watch repair, staffed by master Swiss watchmakers. Contact Gevril Group by email or by calling 845-425-9882.

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