Fortis Cosmonautis Watch Collection

Fortis Cosmonautis Watch Collection - 638.28.13


by John Sealander  

After 20 years in space and over 100,000 orbits around the earth, Fortis continues to set the standard for astronauts and cosmonauts.

Fortis WatchesThe timepieces in the Fortis Cosmonautis Collection share an impressive history. No other brand has spent as much time on the wrists of working astronauts and cosmonauts. These space proven timepieces have been standard equipment on space missions as far back as 1994 when a Fortis Stratoliner was worn aboard the Russian MIR space station. This initial venture into space was so successful that Fortis created the Official Cosmonauts Chronograph expressly to meet the needs of future space explorers. This iconic watch is still being worn today.

Fortis space watches were never intended as commemorative editions. They are real space rated tools for working astronauts. To this day, every timepiece that displays the “Yuri Gagarin Space Academy” logo on the back has been tested and cleared by Fortis for actual use in space.

Fortis Official Cosmonauts

Astronauts and cosmonauts depend on these extremely accurate and dependable tools to complete their missions, and their long-term success under severe weightless conditions is a big reason why the Russian Space Agency continues to equip all cosmonauts and astronauts attending the Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center with a space rated Fortis Official Cosmonauts Chronograph. This iconic timepiece has made its way to the International Space Station many times and is still standard equipment for many space station crew members.

One of the best things about Fortis space rated timepieces is that you don’t have to be an astronaut to own one. Fortis has always offered a limited number of these exclusive timing tools to the general public. Today, the exciting Fortis Cosmonautis Collection represents the most comprehensive selection of genuine space watches on the planet.

Fortis Spacematic

You can chose from iconic masterpieces like the famous Official Cosmonauts Chronograph or Spacematic, or select new space rated timepieces like the impressive Monolith. Most models in the Fortis Cosmonautis Collection are available in both three-hand and chronograph configurations to meet your personal needs. Depending on the model you select, your Cosmonautis timepiece can be equipped with a solid Fortis stainless steel bracelet, a luxurious leather band, or a comfortable silicon rubber strap.

Many Cosmonautis watches are based on the popular and time-tested Fortis B-42 and all feature superb Swiss made automatic mechanical movements that carry a two-year manufacturers warranty. While these fine timepieces have been designed and tested to operate flawlessly in the airless environment of space, they are also water resistant up to 660 feet.

Choose from any available Monolith, Official Cosmonaut, Spacematic, Mars 500, or Pitch Black model with confidence. These are timepieces that working astronauts and cosmonauts wear proudly and all share a heritage that includes over fourteen space missions and 100,000 orbits around the earth.

If you are an astronaut, you probably already have a Fortis Cosmonautis watch. If you’d like to look like an astronaut or wear one of their working tools, just contact an authorized Fortis dealer and ask to see the real thing: a genuine space-rated Fortis Cosmonautis timepiece.

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Swiss Watches and Space Technology

Fortis Watch in Space


by Adrian Herscovici  

Swiss Contribution to Space Travel and
the Watches that Made the Journey

Fortis WatchesThe 1961 space voyage of Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin aboard the Vostok is well documented in the annals of space exploration. Gagarin was, after all, the first person to travel into outer space. Gagarin wore a Russian-made Sturmanskie Sputnik watch on his inaugural journey.

Around the same time, Fortis Swiss watches – already famous for the Harwood automatic – made its debut in the space community when astronauts in the U.S. space program chose the Fortis Spacematic to wear during training. The strong reputation of Fortis watches among pilots and astronauts only grew, until 1994, when the Russian Federal Space Agency chose Fortis as its exclusive supplier of watches for manned space missions. To this day, the Fortis Official Cosmonauts Chronograph remains standard issue for all Russian cosmonauts.

Fortis 623.10.51 Si.01 Spacematic Fortis 630.10.11 Men’s Official Cosmonaut
Fortis 623.10.51 Si.01 Spacematic Fortis 630.10.11 Men's Official Cosmonaut
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Fortis remains one of a choice handful of famous Swiss brands to appear on the wrists of astronauts in space over the decades, and one of two Swiss brands to dominate the landscape of space-worn watches ever since.

Watches In Space

Perhaps the most iconic space watch of all time is the Omega Speedmaster, which made its first trip to space in 1965 on the wrists of the crew of Gemini 4, and in 1969 gained the distinction of being the first watch worn on the moon, strapped over the suited wrist of Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin.

While its reputation as the “moon watch” is cemented, the Speedmaster was not the first Swiss timepiece in space. That distinction goes to Heuer: American astronaut John Glenn strapped a large Heuer stopwatch (Reference 2915A) over his suit in 1962 aboard the Friendship 7. Later the same year, aboard the Aurora 7, American astronaut Scott Carpenter wore his Breitling Navitimer – the first Swiss wristwatch worn into space. In 1970, Jack Swigert wore a Rolex GMT-Master on the legendary Apollo 13 mission.

John Glenn Wears His Heuer Stopwatch Jack Swigert With His Rolex GMT
John Glenn With His Heuer Stopwatch Astronaut Jack Swigert Wears His Rolex GMT
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It is a little-known fact that another watch worn by an astronaut on the moon’s surface was a Bulova, strapped to the wrist of American David Scott in 1971 as part of the Apollo 15 mission. Scott switched to the Bulova after his standard issue Speedmaster experienced an operational problem.

In any case, most of these Swiss watches were mere one-offs in the chronicles of space history. Only Fortis and Omega maintained their positions as official suppliers to their respective space programs. Watchmakers, however, were not the only Swiss engineers of the day who were occupied with matters of space exploration.

Space Sciences and Technologies

Switzerland has a long, mostly unsung history in the world of space sciences and technologies. For reasons of their own, the Swiss made a conscious decision long ago not to start a space program of their own. Instead, they are among the world’s great collaborators in the field; Switzerland is a key member of the European Space Agency and contributes greatly to international space initiatives including those with NASA.

And given the Swiss’ aptitude for engineering (mechanical, electrical and chemical), which assists in their ability to remain at the vanguard of technological advancements in the watch industry, this should come as no surprise.

Highlights of Swiss contributions to the international space community include the ingenious solar sails (a form of spacecraft propulsion), which were developed for the Apollo missions (1969–72). Then there are the RUAG Launcher Fairings (in use since 1974); the Swiss instruments aboard Rosetta (in use since 2004); the Swiss atomic clocks for Galileo (in use since 2008) and the Swiss satellite CHEOPS (2014–2021). The high-tech motors that ran the Sojourner wheeled robotic rover on Mars (1997) were driven by motors produced by the Swiss.

Swiss CHEOPS Satellite Sojourner Rover
Swiss CHEOPS Satellite Sojourner Rover
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For all of this, the history of Swiss involvement in space sciences actually goes back even further than Apollo, and well before Gagarin exited the atmosphere in 1961.

There Might Be No Rockets If Not For… Balloons

Thirty years before Yuri Gagarin journeyed into space, a Swiss professor by the name of Auguste Piccard, together with Paul Kipfer, made a record-setting balloon ascent of 15.8 kilometres. Others had attempted such ascents, but Piccard was the first to do so using a pressurized capsule, which he designed, and which resembled Gagarin’s Vostok spacecraft.

What exactly has this to do with space travel? Well, at such an altitude, the physiological conditions for humans are similar to those in outer space (minus weightlessness), and the goal of Piccard’s ascent was to measure cosmic rays and stratospheric temperatures – both space-related undertakings. Such balloon missions are, in some ways, the predecessors of manned space flight. It is not known, however, if Piccard wore a watch on his balloon mission.

Swiss Made

To this day, space sciences generally do not leap to mind when people think about Swiss industry. Instead the Swiss are better known for financial services, pharmaceutical production and watchmaking, not to mention world-favorite edibles like cheese and chocolate.

For watch enthusiasts, subjects like tracking the history of watches in space, and monitoring which watches are chosen (and why) by current and future astronauts, remain the more compelling narratives.

Still, the contributions of the Swiss in the field of engineering for space exploration should not be under-represented, even if they remain a lesser-known specialty. In the name of subsistence of the human species, may the Swiss commitment to space exploration endure as long as the hundreds-of-years-old (and counting) mechanical watch technology that preceded it.

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Fortis Men’s Official Cosmonauts Automatic GMT Watch Collection


by John Sealander  

A Space Proven Watch with a 24-Hour Display

Fortis WatchesFortis has spent the past 40 years perfecting the space rated watch. As early as 1962, a Fortis Spacematic was selected for use by several of the original Mercury astronauts. In 1994, the sophisticated and incredibly durable Fortis Official Cosmonauts Chronograph Automatic became part of the regulation equipment handed over to cosmonauts at the Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Russia when they completed their training. Even today, a Fortis watch is a common sight on board the ISS space station.

Since 24-hour time is so important for astronauts and aviators, Fortis developed a specially designed GMT watch just for them. The Fortis Men’s Official Cosmonauts GMT Watch is a masterpiece. This superbly engineered 38 mm timepiece features an easy-to-read four-hand configuration with a bright orange GMT dial that lets you independently track Zulu time or a second time zone. With its rugged matt finish 316L stainless steel case, screw down locking crown, and a water resistance rating of 660 feet, this amazing watch is ready for anything.

Fortis 611.22.11 M Official Cosmonauts Men’s GMT
Fortis 611.22.11 M Official Cosmonauts Men's GMT
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A precision Swiss made ETA 2893-2 automatic movement equipped with a fine timing adjustment and integrated shock absorber powers the Official Cosmonauts GMT. The special T-Swiss Tritium hands provide optimal night viewing and a bi-directional rotating bezel makes it easy to track events or monitor a second time zone. This individually numbered, space proven timepiece has a reliable stainless steel screw down caseback that has been embossed with the official seal of the Russian Star City Cosmonauts Training Academy. The Official Cosmonauts GMT can be equipped with your choice of a premium topstitched leather band, or a solid 316L stainless steel bracelet.

Fortis 611.22.11 L.01 Official Cosmonauts Men’s GMT
Fortis 611.22.11 L.01 Official Cosmonauts Men's GMT
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Fortis space watches are subjected to some of the most rigorous testing ever endured by a production timepiece before they receive the prestigious “Official Cosmonaut” designation. Unlike many of today’s “performance watches,” the Official Cosmonauts GMT isn’t just a clever marketing gimmick. It’s the real thing! To this day, Fortis remains the only timepiece officially endorsed by the Russian Space Program.

If you’re looking for a 24-hour timekeeper that has actually proven itself in space, look no further than the Fortis Men’s Official Cosmonauts GMT. To put one of these professional timing tools on your own wrist, contact an authorized Fortis dealer immediately. Supplies are limited.

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Harrison Ford Chooses the Fortis Official Cosmonauts Chronograph Watch for Ender’s Game

Harrison Ford Wearing His Fortis Official Cosmonauts Chronograph in Ender's Game
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by John Sealander  

When Harrison Ford needed a space proven timepiece for his role as Colonel Gaff in the science fiction thriller Ender’s Game, he picked a watch that has actually been there.

Fortis WatchesEnder’s Game, scheduled to be released in theaters throughout the United States on November 1, is the story of a young boy who has the future of the entire human race on his shoulders. When Earth is invaded by a race of aliens called the Formics, it is decided that the best hope for survival lies with child prodigies like Andrew “Ender” Wiggin who have been trained from an early age in an elite battle school orbiting the earth to command the earth’s international fleet in a desperate battle for survival.

It’s Harrison Ford’s job, in his role as Colonel Gaff, to train the young Andrew Wiggen to master a series of increasingly difficult war games and fulfill his destiny as a military leader who will be the supreme commander in a war that will determine the future of Earth and the human race.

Since much of the action in this exciting thriller takes place in a space station orbiting high above the earth, it was no surprise that Harrison Ford chose to wear a genuine space proven timepiece for his role as the tough, self-reliant teacher who trains the young Ender in the art of war. The watch you see on Ford’s wrist is the Fortis Official Cosmonauts Chronograph Watch.

Fortis Official Cosmonauts Chronograph Watch
Fortis Mens 630.10.11 M Official Cosmonauts Chronograph Automatic
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This legendary Fortis watch has been subjected to some of the most rigorous endurance tests ever conducted and has been officially certified by Fortis for manned space flight. Dr. Ulf Merbold, a German physicist and astronaut, first wore the Official Cosmonauts Chronograph in deep space during the joint German/Russian Euromir space mission, and the watch continues to be a familiar sight on the ISS space station today.

Fortis space-proven timepieces have already made over 98,000 orbits of the earth, and are well on their way to 100,000 orbits with Fortis watches on the wrists of the current International Space Station crew. In a future world where people like Colonel Gaff are orbiting the earth in a sophisticated battle station designed to train young warriors like Andrew “Ender” Wiggin, it is likely that these space travelers will be wearing Fortis watches as well.

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