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Fortis Hungarian Air Force Squadron Watches

by John Sealander

Fortis Pilot Professional Chronograph
Official Watch of an Entire Air Force
Fortis WatchesThe Hungarian Air Force has had a long and interesting history. The Air Force was founded in 1918 under the short-lived Hungarian Soviet Republic, but was disbanded only two years later at the end of World War I under the Treaty of Trianon. Under the terms of the treaty, Hungary was forbidden from owning military aircraft. A secret air force was gradually established using civilian planes during the 1930’s and in the Summer of 1942, this secret force became part of the Luftwaffe and fought against Russia on the Eastern Front during World War II.

After the Soviets took over Hungary in 1947, the Russians began to expand and modernize the Hungarian Air Force. During the cold war, the Hungarian pilots flying Russian MIG fighters provided one of the first lines of defense against an attack from the West. The fall of the Soviet Union brought even more dramatic changes, as the Hungarian Air Force became one of the first air forces in the world to officially change sides.

Today, the Hungarian Air Force is a full member of NATO and participates in a wide variety of humanitarian and defensive missions around the world.

Fortis B-42 Pilot Professional Hungarian Air Force Squadron WatchIn 2001, the Hungarian Air Force selected the Fortis Pilot Professional Chronograph as their official timepiece and Hungarian air squadrons have been loyal to Fortis ever since.

A special limited edition of the Pilot Professional Chronograph was created to honor Hungarian NATO pilots. This watch features the Hungarian Air Force insignia on the custom dial at 9 o’clock and the words “Hungarian Air Force” below the small second hand at 6 o’clock.

Fortis B-42 Pilot Professional Hungarian Air Force 47th Combat Squadron WatchThis watch proved popular with pilots and it wasn’t long before the air force’s 47th Combat Squadron based in Pápa, Hungary requested a special version of the Pilot Professional Chronograph for their own squadron. Instead of the Hungarian Air Force insignia, this rare limited edition watch features the insignia of the 47th Combat Squadron at 9 o’clock.

Only 200 numbered watches honoring this elite group of MIG pilots were ever produced.

It is not surprising that the Fortis Pilot Professional Chronograph has been selected by pilots around the world as their official timepiece. This rugged 40mm stainless steel watch is water resistant to 100 meters and features a premium Swiss Valjoux 7750 movement that is accurate to within 1 second a day. The clean, uncluttered black dial features bold white Arabic numerals that are clearly visible even in low-light conditions. These are professional watches that pilots are proud to wear during active duty and pass down to their heirs later.

Fortis Mens 635.10.11.M B-42 Pilot Professional Chronograph Watch

Fortis Mens 635.10.11.M B-42 Pilot Professional Chronograph Watch

List Price: $2,975   Movement: Automatic   Dial: Black

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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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