One went into outer space.
100 more are now available for your wrist.
The original Fortis Stratoliner chronograph has the distinction of being the first Fortis watch to be launched in space when it went into orbit in 1992 on board a Russian Proton rocket as one of the exhibits in the world’s first “space museum.” Even though the Stratoliner was never as popular as later Fortis space and aviation watches, this initial venture into space earned the watch a place in history and led to close cooperation between Fortis and the Russian space program. To this day, every Russian cosmonaut is presented with a Fortis Official Cosmonauts Chronograph when they complete their training at the Yuri Gagarin Space Center.
Early Fortis Stratoliner watches are prized by collectors today for their use of the legendary Lemania 5100 movement. This rugged movement could survive acceleration in excess of 7G without loss of accuracy and easily absorbed shocks and blows without stopping the chronograph second hand. When the 30 year old movement was discontinued in 2003, Fortis continued to manufacture the classic Stratoliner using an enhanced version of the reliable Valjoux 7750 chronograph movement. The Stratoliner never went out of production and eventually became part of the popular Fortis B-42 Collection.
To commemorate the Stratoliner’s important place in space and aviation history, Fortis has recently introduced a special limited edition of the classic Stratoliner in celebration of the company’s 100th anniversary. This handsome 42mm timepiece features a dramatic black PVD coated stainless steel case that houses the Swiss made ETA Valjoux 7750 automatic movement. The black dial and retro looking black tachymeter bezel are enhanced with the use of 18 karat rose gold accents, along with gold plated hands. The watch is equipped with a scratch resistant sapphire crystal and two rose gold pushers and a gold crown complete the elegant look.
Only 100 pieces of this exclusive limited edition timepiece will ever be produced. Each watch is water resistant to 200 meters and is fitted with a black leather or reptile strap. If you’re interested in acquiring a Fortis Stratoliner 100th Anniversary Limited Edition for yourself, you’ll want to act quickly. This exclusive edition is sure to be popular with collectors, so be sure to contact an authorized Fortis dealer immediately and reserve your Stratoliner today.
Fortis Mens 665.13.19 L.01 B-42 Stratoliner 100th Anniversary Limited Edition Black Dial Chronograph Watch
- Movement– Swiss made ETA Valjoux 7750 automatic movement
- Function– Hour, minute, second, day, date, chronograph
- Case– Black PVD coated stainless steel, diameter 42 mm, thickness 15.5 mm
- Bezel– Black tachymeter bezel enhanced with 18 karat rose gold accents
- Dial/Hands– Black with gold plated hands
- Crystal– Scratch resistant sapphire
- Band– Black calfskin with clasp, width 20 mm
- Special Features– Limited edition 100 pieces, rose gold pushers and gold crown
- Water resistance– Up to 660 feet
- Waranty – 2 years