Fortis 597.20.92 M Flieger Chronograph


by Adrian Herscovici  

One Refined Flieger

Fortis WatchesFortis pilot watches debuted in the 1980s and helped define a new generation of functional timepieces, with a distinct style that combined 40 mm cases and black dials, along with green tritium luminous material applied to large hands and hour markers. The result was sturdy, sober and legible watches designed for professional pilots. The inherent attraction of no-nonsense tool watches quickly extended beyond the world’s high flyers (fliegers), and Fortis pilot watches began appearing on the wrists of the populace.

Buy Fortis 597.20.92 M Flieger ChronographThe new Fortis limited edition Flieger Chronograph 597.20.92 M is a sophisticated variant of the award-wining models in the current collection, with a tonal scheme reminiscent of watches in the brand’s current F-43 series. The Flieger Chronograph maintains all of the desirable qualities of an effective pilot’s watch but offers a few refinements that make it more subdued, and more elegant.

The case retains the 40 mm size of the original offerings and utilizes a combination of brushed and polished steel. The sturdy interlink bracelet closes by way of a fold-over clasp. (The watch is also available on a black padded leather strap.) Polished steel chronograph pushers flank the large, fluted and domed crown, which is designed to be easy to clutch and operate. The sapphire crystal has an anti-reflective coating and the watch is water resistant to 330 feet.

Subtleties include thicker, softer outlines around the sub-dials and skeletonized hands with luminous tips. The dial’s creamy shade of beige is well coordinated with the blue and black details. All in all, these changes ease the watch’s tough and purposeful appearance without sacrificing legibility, which so defines the Fortis Flieger’s history.

Fortis 597.20.92 M Flieger Chronograph

Buy Fortis 597.20.92 M Flieger ChronographKey features:

  • Swiss made timepiece
  • Chronograph function
  • Swiss automatic self-wind movement, fine timing device and Incabloc shock absorver
  • Stainless steel case, diameter 40 mm, 15 mm thickness
  • Beige dial with day and date display
  • Anti-reflective sapphire crystal
  • Stationary stainless steel bezel
  • Silver stainless steel bracelet, width 19 mm, fold over clasp with safety
  • Water resistant to 330 feet
  • 2-year manufacturer’s warranty

At the heart of the Flieger Chronograph 597.20.92 M is an ETA Valjoux 7750 automatic movement, widely accepted as one of the most dependable cam-operated chronograph movements around. In addition to the chronograph function, the Flieger features quick-set day and date complications.

Time-keeping equipment for pilots has to be functional: legibility and dependability are essential to a pilot’s ability to make accurate calculations on-the-fly. This is the legacy of the Fortis Flieger. Today, Fortis pilot watches continue to be a favorite among civil aviation and air aerobatic squadrons around the world. Built to perform and good looks to match make this Flieger Chronograph – a limited edition of 500 pieces worldwide – an excellent choice for daily wear. Pick one up today from an authorized Fortis dealer.

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Fortis 621.10.12 M Lady Flieger Watch


by John Sealander  

The Fortis Amelia Earhart Would Have Wanted

Fortis WatchesAviator style timepieces have been popular with adventurous men ever since pilots started wearing them. These big, bold watches are both practical and stylish with their large, readable displays and durable construction. Fortis, who makes some of the worlds most popular and well-respected aviation timepieces, wondered why more women weren’t wearing pilot’s watches and quickly discovered the answer. They were simply too large for most women’s wrists.

Buy Fortis 621.10.12 M Lady FliegerTo rectify the situation, Fortis introduced the new Fortis 621.10.12 M Lady Flieger. This superlative aviator timepiece is everything you’ve always loved about Fortis pilot’s watches in a slightly smaller size that is perfectly proportioned for a woman’s wrist. The impressive Lady Flieger 621.10.12 M features the same, easy-to-read dial with simple bar indices and clear legible numbers that made larger Fortis aviator watches so popular with pilots and astronauts.

This beautifully crafted 35 mm timepiece features a three-hand configuration with Superluminova sword hands and a convenient date window at three o’clock. The substantial stainless steel case is water resistant to an impressive 660 feet has been fitted with an integral solid stainless steel bracelet secured with a convenient fold-over clasp. Dove grey numbers provide the perfect contrast for a lustrous silver dial that is protected by an anti-reflective, scratch resistant sapphire crystal.

This superlative lady aviator is powered by an automatic, twenty-one jewel, Swiss made 2892 A2 mechanical movement, augmented with a fine timing device. This highly accurate and reliable movement is found in some of the world’s most prestigious watches and brands.

Fortis 621.10.12 M Lady Flieger Watch

Buy Fortis 621.10.12 M Lady FliegerKey features:

  • Swiss made timepiece
  • Swiss automatic self-wind movement
  • Stainless steel case, diameter 35 mm, 11 mm thickness
  • Silver dial, Superluminova luminous color with date window
  • Anti-reflective sapphire crystal
  • Stationary stainless-steel bezel
  • Grey stainless steel band, width 19 mm, fold over clasp
  • Water resistant to 660 feet
  • 2-year manufacturer’s warranty

If you’ve always liked the idea of wearing a pilot’s watch, but found they were just too big for your wrist, the wait is over. The exciting, and beautifully crafted Fortis Lady Flieger 621.10.12 M is everything you’ve been looking for and it’s already cleared for takeoff on your wrist. To acquire one of these beauties, contact an authorized Fortis dealer immediately and ask to see the Lady Flieger 621.10.12 M.

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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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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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