Fortis B-42 Diver Watch Collection


by John Sealander  

With a reputation for making some of the world’s best watches in the air, the Fortis B-42 Diver proves that Fortis is equally adept at making some of the world’s best watches under the sea.

Fortis WatchesFortis has earned a well-deserved reputation for making some of the world’s finest aviation timepieces. The highly acclaimed Fortis B-42 Diver proves that this 100-year-old Swiss matchmaker is equally adept at making watches for use under the sea. The rugged and dependable B-42 Diver and GMT Diver models have everything today’s professional diver needs.

Fortis B-42 Diver Watch CollectionThe watch sits comfortably on the wrist despite its large 42 mm size. With extremely legible Roman numbers and a substantial stainless steel 60-minute unidirectional rotating bezel, this superbly engineered timepiece provides divers with a well-organized display that is easy-to-read under adverse underwater conditions. The precisely fabricated stainless steel case is water resistant to an impressive 660 feet and includes an exhibition back that reveals the inner workings of the reliable, Swiss made ETA 2836-2 automatic movement.

Fortis B-42 Diver 648.10.12 K
Natural Rubber Strap
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Premium Calfskin Strap
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The B-42 Diver is also available in an exclusive GMT version, powered by an ETA 2893-2 automatic movement. The GMT model features an additional world-time hand and a bi-directional 24-hour rotating bezel, making it easy to track up to three different time zones. This unique watch provides the benefits of a diver watch and 24-hour watch in a single, well-designed timepiece. Both models feature beautiful luminous skeletonized, sword shaped hands that have been “blued” using a traditional finishing process.

Fortis B-42 Diver GMT 650.10.12 M
Solid Stainless Steel Bracelet
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Premium Calfskin Strap
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These professional divers watches can be equipped with your choice of a comfortable caoutchouc, or premium calfskin strap. A well-made, solid stainless steel bracelet with a fold-over safety clasp is also available on some models. An anti-reflective, scratch resistant sapphire crystal protects the attractive diver-style dial.

Fortis B-42 Diver Watch CollectionThere is no need to settle for an ordinary diver style watch when you can obtain the very best at an affordable price. If you’re a professional diver, or just want to look like one, the Fortis B-42 Diver is the watch for you. To put one of these superb timing tools on your own wrist, contact an authorized Fortis dealer immediately and ask to see the Fortis B-42 Diver 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 B-42 Stratoliner Chronograph Watch Collection


by John Sealander  

In 1992, a Stratoliner Chronograph became the first Fortis watch
to be launched into space. Amazingly, you can still wear this legendary timepiece today.

Fortis WatchesRussian Proton RocketThe venerable Fortis Stratoliner Chronograph earned a permanent place in history when it went into orbit in 1992 on board a Russian Proton rocket. Even though other Fortis space watches became better known over the years, the Stratoliner never went out of production and eventually became part of the popular Fortis B-42 Collection.

Early Stratoliner Chronographs are prized by watch collectors, but you can still wear essentially the same timepiece today. Fortis has replaced the original Lemania movement with a precision, Swiss made Valjoux 7750 chronograph movement and made some minor cosmetic changes to the case, but the Stratoliner is still the professional, no-nonsense timing tool it always was.

Fortis B-42 Stratoliner Chronograph Watch CollectionEach of these 42 mm masterpieces features an easy-to-read black or white chronograph dial with well-placed 30-minute and 12-hour totalizers at 6 and 12 o’clock. There is also a free running small seconds display at 9 o’clock, along with a convenient day-date display. A precisely lettered tachymeter scale on the bezel encircles the functional dial, and a pair of well-placed pushers on either side of the large, knurled winding crown makes timing events easy.

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Stratoliner Chronograph
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Stratoliner Chronograph
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The Fortis B-42 Stratoliner Chronograph’s rugged stainless steel case is water resistant to 660 feet, and can be equipped with your choice of a silicon, caoutchouc, or premium calfskin strap. A beautiful, solid stainless steel bracelet with a fold-over clasp is also available on some models. An anti-reflective, scratch resistant sapphire crystal protects the chronograph dial and an exhibition caseback provides an intriguing view of the intricate automatic mechanical movement at work.

Fortis B-42 Stratoliner Chronograph Watch CollectionIf you appreciate fine timing tools and would like to own a piece of history, the Fortis B-42 Stratoliner Chronograph is the watch for you. This exceptional timepiece showcases the craftsmanship and quality that has made Fortis one of the world’s leading manufacturers of precision aviation and space timepieces. To put one of these legends on your own wrist, contact an authorized Fortis dealer immediately and ask to see the Fortis B-42 Stratoliner Chronograph Collection.

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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.

Fortis B-42 Pilot Professional Chronograph Watch
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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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