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Fortis 800.20.85 L.01 Marinemaster Limited Edition Vintage Watch

by John Sealander

Fortis WatchesThe 1970’s weren’t just about big hair, leisure suits, and waterbeds. This decade was also a time of tremendous innovation. Barcodes, e-mail, laser printers, video games, personal computers, and genetic engineering all made their debut in the 1970’s. Not surprisingly, this was also a time of horological excellence, with many watchmakers introducing some of their most innovative and enduring designs. One of these groundbreaking timepieces was the original Fortis Marinemaster.

Fortis 800.20.85 L.01 Marinemaster Vintage WatchAs a tribute to this iconic timepiece, Fortis is re-issuing it in a special limited edition of 500 pieces. The Fortis Marinemaster Vintage 800.20.85 L.01 remains faithful to the original design while incorporating technological advancements that make the historic chronograph even better. A proprietary Fortis caliber 2020 automatic movement, based on the reliable Swiss made ETA 2892, now powers this vintage masterpiece. With a modified chronograph module, 47 jewels, a fine timing device and Incabloc shock absorber, this superb timing tool is an improvement on the earlier Marinemaster.

Fortis 800.20.85 L.01 Marinemaster Vintage
Fortis 800.20.85 L.01 Marinemaster Vintage
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Like its 1970’s namesake, the Marinemaster Vintage 800.20.85 L.01 watch features a three-part 40 mm stainless steel case, a specially coated domed PMMA acrylic crystal, an exhibition caseback, and a unidirectional rotating bezel with a clearly marked 60-minute aluminum insert ring. The beautiful black dial features three perfectly placed blue sub-dials at 3 o’clock, 6 o’clock, and 9 o’clock for timing events. There is also a precisely engraved tachymeter scale circumscribed around the edge of the chapter ring.

The 800.20.85 L.01 Fortis Marinemaster Vintage has a highly polished, and period correct, stainless steel case that is water resistant to 165 feet. The vintage chronograph has been fitted with a beautiful black genuine leather strap with contrasting top stitching, just like the 1970’s original.

Fortis 800.20.85 L.01 Marinemaster Limited Edition Vintage Watch

Fortis 800.20.85 L.01 Marinemaster Vintage WatchKey features:

  • Swiss made timepiece
  • Chronograph function
  • Swiss automatic self-wind F-2020 movement with modified chronograph module, fine timing device and Incabloc shock absorver
  • Stainless steel case, diameter 40 mm, 15 mm thickness
  • Black dial
  • Exhibition caseback
  • Anti-reflective sapphire crystal
  • Stationary stainless steel bezel
  • Black calfskin band, width 20 mm, buckle clasp
  • Water resistant to 165 feet
  • 2-year manufacturer’s warranty

If you’d like to own one of the iconic timepieces that made Fortis a favorite among pilots, astronauts, and sailors, this is your chance. With only 500 copies available worldwide, this faithful recreation of a Fortis masterpiece won’t last long. To put a piece of history on your wrist, contact an authorized Fortis dealer immediately and reserve your Fortis 800.20.85 L.01 Marinemaster Vintage watch today.

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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