Fortis means strong! Fortis watches have been tested in space by cosmonauts, so they must feature uncompromising performance under extremes in temperature, gravity and other forces. Fortis is the only watch to have been in space for months at a time.
An early highlight of Fortis history occurs in the year of 1926, when the Harwood watch made its debut. This was the world's first wristwatch with automatic mechanism. This watch is adjusted through turning on both sides, bypassing the need for a winding crown.
More recently, the 20-ton service watches module was blasted into space in mid-summer 2000. It's the first watch to carry hardware for the Global Transmission Services (GTS) project; a new radio signal to synchronize a new generation of watches with UTC (GMT).
Fortis watches are warranted by Fortis to the original purchaser to be free from defects, in material and workmanship, under normal use for a period of one year from the date of purchase.
Fortis Product LineThe Men's Fortis B-42 Flieger watch (model 636.10.12M) features automatic movement and water resistance to 650 feet. List price: $5600.
The Fortis Official Cosmonauts Chronograph watch (model 605.22.11M) features 24-hour indication, day and date indication, central stop-second, 60-minute counter, fine-timing device and shock absorption. Water-resistant to 650 feet, it lists for $2525.
The Fortis Pilot Professional watch (model 595.18.41M) features stainless steel PVD coating and a screw-down caseback and crown. Water-resistant to 650 feet, it lists for $825.
The Men's Fortis Spacematic GMT (model 624.22.11M) features an indication of the zero meridian and display of time zone, in relation to the 24 time zones of the world. It also has a stainless steel bracelet and an automatic movement. The shock absorber can withstand 28,800 vibrations per hour. Water-resistant to 650 feet, it lists for $1125.