Fortis B-42 Flieger Automatic Chronograph Collection


by John Sealander  

The Watch Professional Pilots Prefer on Their Wrists

Fortis WatchesThe Fortis B-42 Flieger is legendary among aviators. This classic military style watch has everything that professional pilots need. Available in a practical three-hand or a sophisticated chronograph configuration, these superbly crafted timing tools feature large, easily readable dials, clearly marked lettering, and in the case of the chronograph models, the additional tools you need to accurately measure everything from airspeed to the length of a trip leg.

Fortis B-42 Flieger Automatic Watch CollectionThe classic 42 mm Flieger Automatic design features a large easy-to-read dial with contrasting lettering for easy visibility under adverse lighting conditions. The watch is housed in a rugged PVD coated or brushed stainless steel case that is water resistant to 660 feet and is protected by an anti-reflective, scratch resistant sapphire crystal.

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A dependable, Swiss-made ETA 2386-2 mechanical movement typically powers three-hand models, while the chronographs utilize the venerable ETA Valjoux 7750 movement with a 42-hour power reserve. Each of these professional timing tools has been engineered to provide a lifetime of reliable service. Chronograph models include 30-minute and 12-hour sub-dials for timing events, as well as a small seconds display at 6 o’clock. The versatile chronograph dial has a big date window at 3 o’clock and a tachymeter scale inscribed around the chapter ring. Most three-hand models also include a convenient big date display.

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Your Fortis B-42 Flieger Automatic can be equipped with a beautiful, topstitched leather caoutchouc band or stainless steel bracelet. These oversized, masculine watches are perfectly proportioned for a man’s wrist and include a larger than normal winding crown, which makes the watch easy to operate in the air or on the ground. Chronograph models include two well-placed stainless steel pushers on either side of the crown for timing events.

Fortis B-42 Flieger Automatic Watch CollectionAfter 100 years of technical innovation and firsts, it’s no surprise that Fortis watches have become a favored timepiece of astronauts and aviators. Fortis means “strength” in Latin and professional aviators know that they can depend on these remarkable, Swiss-made timing tools when there’s no room for error. If you’re a pilot, or would like to look like one, just contact an authorized Fortis dealer and ask to see the B-42 Flieger Automatic Watch Collection. One of these remarkable timepieces is already cleared for takeoff on your wrist.

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Fortis B-42 Flieger Black Cockpit GMT Watch Collection

Cockpit


by John Sealander  

Compared to other aviation timepieces, the innovative B-42 Flieger Black Cockpit GMT is as different as night and day.

Fortis WatchesSince it prevents any ambiguity as to when events occurred, aviators and the military have always preferred dividing the time into 24-hour segments. This time keeping convention is popularly referred to as military time and some of today’s most influential military and aviation timepieces still utilize a 24-hour dial. The B-42 Flieger Black Cockpit GMT augments and enhances the traditional 24-hour military style display by dividing the day and night into two hemispheres: one black and the other white.

The unique dial features a clearly lettered 60-minute scale as the primary time indicator, augmented by a smaller 24-hour scale on the chapter ring. The watch employs a traditional three-hand configuration with broad, sword style hands that are augmented by a rotating disc at the center of the dial to indicate GMT time.

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The eye catching 42 mm timepiece is as different as day and night from most aviator watches and will appeal to anyone looking for a bold, visually compelling alternative to a conventional GMT watch. Complementing the dramatic dial is a PVD coated black stainless steel case that can be equipped with your choice of a 20 mm jet-black caoutchouc strap and push-button deployment clasp or calfskin strap and buckle clasp. This innovative, limited edition watch is powered by a precision Swiss-made ETA 2893 automatic GMT movement and is water resistant to an impressive 660 feet.

Anyone looking for an alternative to the small, hard-to-read GMT hands found on many multiple time zone watches will appreciate the stunning visual representation of 24-hour time provided by the B-42 Flieger Black Cockpit GMT’s unique black and white dial. Not only is this a great way to tell the time at a glance, it is also a great way to instantly become the center of attention.

After a century of watchmaking innovation, Fortis continues to set the pace for other watch companies to follow. This is a company that refuses to rest on its laurels. Even though Fortis already makes some of the world’s most popular aviation watches and chronographs, they knew there would always be customers looking for something different. The Fortis B-42 Flieger Black Cockpit GMT was expressly made for these discriminating customers. To put one of these innovative black and white beauties on your own wrist, contact an authorized Fortis dealer today and ask to see the Fortis B-42 Flieger Black Cockpit GMT Watch Collection.

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Fortis B-42 Pilot Professional Chronograph Watch Collection


by John Sealander  

When pilots look for an aviation chronograph, they prefer one that is already cleared for takeoff.

Fortis WatchesThere have been Fortis watches on aviator’s wrists almost as long as there have been planes in the air. After 100 years of watchmaking innovation, pilots have learned they can depend on Fortis when the mission is critical. The amazing Fortis B-42 Pilot Professional Chronograph is a testament to why Fortis continues to be a favored timepiece of astronauts and aviators to this day.

Fortis B-42 Pilot Professional Chronograph Watch CollectionThis 42 mm masterpiece provides the clarity, ease-of-use, and dependability that professional pilots require. The distinctive chronograph configuration features three exceptionally readable sub-dials, including a 30-minute totalizer at 12 o’clock, a 12-hour totalizer at 6 o’clock and a free running small seconds dial at 9 o’clock. There is even a convenient tachymeter scale on the chapter ring flange, leaving the stainless steel bezel clean and uncluttered.

The Fortis tradition of painting the entire length of its aviation watch hands with highly luminous Super-LumiNova material makes these timepieces exceptionally easy to read at night. The chronometer hands are bright orange, providing a clear differentiation between the white time-keeping hands. Even the convenient day-date window includes clear directional arrows to show which direction the crown should be turned when making quick changes. It is little details like these that make the B-42 Pilot Professional Chronograph such a valuable timing tool for professional pilots. Pilots appreciate clarity and know that seconds count in critical situations.

The Fortis B-42 Pilot Professional Chronograph is powered by one of the best chronograph movements ever made: the renowned Valjoux 7750. When this movement was introduced in 1974, it was quickly adopted by the world’s best watchmakers because of its reliability, ease of assembly and ease of maintenance. To view this precision mechanical workhorse, the B-42 Pilot Professional includes an exhibition caseback where the custom Fortis winding rotor and mechanical movement are clearly visible.

This superb aviator’s chronograph has been fitted with a padded black genuine leather strap with contrasting white stitching. The strap has been custom fitted to the case and is fastened with a traditional prong-style buckle. A knurled stainless steel crown emblazoned with the Fortis logo and two well-placed chronograph pushers complete the classic design.

Fortis B-42 Pilot Professional Chronograph Watch CollectionIf you’re a professional pilot, or would just like to look like one, you need a Fortis B-42 Pilot Professional Chronograph on your wrist. In the air or on the ground, you’ll be wearing a professional timing tool that has already received the approval of aviators around the world. To acquire your own Fortis B-42 Pilot Professional Chronograph, contact an authorized Fortis watch dealer immediately.

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Fortis Climbs to New Heights With Fred North

Fred North With His Fortis Watch and Helicopter


by John Sealander  

When Fred North Set the World Altitude Record for Helicopters,
He Took Along a Watch That Wasn’t Afraid of Heights

Fortis WatchesYou may not know Fred North, but you’ve definitely seen his work. He is the helicopter pilot responsible for the fantastic aerial shots in blockbuster movies like The Bourne Legacy, Man of Steel, Total Recall, and The Expendables. This award winning movie pilot has always been up for a challenge and he was determined to beat the altitude record for helicopters set by Jean Boulet over thirty years earlier.

To reach his goal, North selected a French helicopter known for its endurance and high altitude capabilities: the B2 Squirrel. This powerful, durable helicopter had already gained fame for landing on top of Mount Everest and currently sees frequent use as a search and rescue vehicle in inaccessible, mountainous areas. The B2 Squirrel seemed like the ideal machine for this record challenge, but it still needed modifications. To save weight, Fred kept instrumentation and interior equipment to a bare minimum. However, he always made sure to take along a good watch: his trusty Fortis B-42 Pilot Professional Chronograph.

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Fortis watches are no strangers to high altitudes. Renowned for their precision, durability, and easy-to-read dials, these dependable aviation timepieces have become a favorite of pilots and astronauts worldwide. Aerial acrobatic teams, military pilots, and even the crew of the International Space Station depend on Fortis, and so did Fred North when he made his astounding record flight.

Fred North's EquipmentHelicopters are not known for their high altitude capabilities. To reach his record setting altitude of 42,500 feet, Fred had to plan his assent and decent very carefully. At high altitudes, Fred’s B2 Squirrel operated with only 25% of the power that was normally available at lower altitudes. The helicopter’s rotors just didn’t have much air to bite into, and the powerful turbine engine had a tendency to flame out. Even breathing became a problem for Fred, who had to wear oxygen equipment and a special thorax compression jacket.

Although there were a few tense moments when the pressure regulator valve on Fred North’s flight suit wasn’t working properly, this accomplished pilot was able to accomplish what many thought was impossible and surpass the record set by Jean Boulet over thirty years earlier. Although Fred is extremely proud of his record setting flight, he says that taking a helicopter to 42,500 feet is a once in a lifetime experience. “I will never do it again,” he says.

You can continue to see the remarkable work of Fred North at a movie theater near you. Wherever he flies, there’s certain to be a Fortis aviation watch on his wrist.

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