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Fortis stands for courageous, stable and strong values – exactly the characteristics that founder Walter Vogt intended for his watches. The timepieces shine through impeccable design combined with innovative technology. Even in space, astronauts rely on the dependability of these watches.  More

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Are you looking for a pre-owned certified Fortis watch?

Are you looking for a pre-owned Fortis watch at a low price, you have found the right contact for your request with Watchmaster. If you already have a Fortis watch model in mind, the sale can be handled in different ways. Of course, our online shop offers vintage and new models in addition to certified pre-owned Fortis watches. With your credit card or PayPal, you can easy and simple get your new certified luxury watch. Would you like to plan on a longer term? Financing Fortis watches is also an often used option at Watchmaster. Just pick a personal, monthly rate, or inquire more about it on our website. Of course we are at your disposal for any questions.

Popular Fortis collections

  • The Fortis Cosmonaut series was designed for space. It offers reliable ruggedness and can easily withstand rapidly changing environments such as temperature and air pressure fluctuations. The massive design is striking, but simple at the same time. There are different models such as the very simple Spacematic, which seems almost restrained with its breguette indices and the date display at three o'clock. So the Official Cosmonauts, which already shows it’s versatility at the first glance. Equipped with chronograph function and sub-dials, the watch becomes an exciting eye-catcher.

  • The Fortis Aviatis collection meets all the requirements of a typical pilot's watch. The large matt black dials are perfectly readable and prevent the pilot from being dazzled when flying. All models of the series are equipped with a date display. Other features, such as the GMT display featured on the Aeromaster, are also featured in the collection.

  • The Fortis Terrestis collection is not without reason called the "Classic Watch Collection". The watches present themselves stylish, restraint with fine details. The simple three-hand watches have a delicate round case, so that all series of the collection follow the same pattern. However, one can choose between Roman, Arabic or stick indices. The dials are available in black or white and thus fit both - jeans and also evening wear.

  • Fortis, however, can not only go high up, but also deep down. The diving watch collection Aquatis has three very different subseries. The sleek, dark Shoreliner with glowing dot indices and matte black dial, the equally dark Diver Black inspired by the popular Cosmonauts collection, and the colorful naval masters, indices and logos are available in a variety of colors. All Aquatis watches can dive up to 200m deep.

5 reasons to buy a used Fortis watch

  • Perfect designs
  • Highest precision and reliability
  • Resilience is the trademark of the company
  • pLong history of the company
  • Great beginner's watch, since especially used models are already available at affordable prices

Interesting Fortis models and prices

Fortis Tycoon 904.21.11 L.10
Men's Watch
Used from: 2.600 €
Material: Steel case, leather strap
Features: Chronograph, christal back, small second, automatic movement

Fortis B-42 Pilot 656.18.81 L.01
Men's Watch
Used from: 1.700 €
Material: PVD and steel case, leather strap
Features: Automatic movement, chronograph, small second, date display

Fortis Terrestis Hedonist 901.20.165
Men's Watch
Used from: 1,500 €
Material: Steel case, leather strap
Features: Automatic movement, date display, bar indices

Fortis Stratoliner 401.26.37 L.10
Men's Watch
Used from: 2.700 €
Material: Steel case, leather strap
Features: Automatic movement, chronograph, tachymeter, date display

Fortis Navy Master 638.10.41M
Men's Watch
Used from: 2.200 €
Material: Steel case and bracelet
Features: Automatic movement, chronograph, small second, date window, tachymeter display

The history of Fortis

At the beginning of the 20th century, in 1912, Walter Vogt founded a watch company in Grenchen called "Fortis". The name comes from the Latin and means translated similarities like "strong", "resistant", "fearless" and "courageous". Attributes that Vogt wanted to apply to his future timepieces. To guarantee this, the watches have always been produced and assembled by hand, only the control of the precision is now fully automated by machines.

This is not only uncommon today, but also at that time. Fortis is one of the oldest Swiss watch brands, strategically positioned next to a railway line - where the headquarter of the company is still today.
The family-owned company has always liked to play by its own rules and did not care much about the general norm. The focus has always been more on quality and value retention than on mass production. Proof that this claim worked is the partnership with the Russian space organization Roskosmos since 1994. In addition to impressive, innovative technology, the brand also repeatedly convinced with new designs that created or followed current trends.

In 1922, Vogt joined forces with British watchmaker and inventor John Harwood. Together they developed an automatic movement within four years, which was ahead of its time. The "Harwood" 1926 was the first automatic wristwatch that got into mass production. After launching at Baselworld, Fortis secured itself a place in the world of luxury watch companies. Two other milestones occurred around the 1930s, when Fortis began to produce their own chronographs and introduced the "Authorist," which gains energy by the movement of the wrist and with the help of complex leverage. In 1932, the company also introduced its first water resistant watch, the Fortissimo.

To illustrate not only the accuracy but also the robustness of the watches, Fortis set itself the goal of creating watches that worked even in space. In 1962 it was time. The "Spacematic automatic" was a great success and was able to withstand the most severe conditions and temperature fluctuations. However, the first Fortis watch, which actually managed to get into space, was the "Official Cosmonauts Chronograph" worn by Russian cosmonauts. Wristwatches were reserved for very wealthy families back then, before quartz watches and other cheap models flooded the market, Fortis already developed a plastic watch. The savings made by the choice of material increased the customer base enormously and the model "Flipper" became one of the top series.

Wearers and partners of Fortis

The pop culture was shrill, loud and colorful. The eye-catching models of Fortis fit perfectly into the scheme, and personalities like Whitney Houston, the Rolling Stones and Roger Moore became fans.
In addition, fans of the brand are numerous in space and aviation. Petr Kopfstein is one of the world's finest aerobatics, with a large imprint of a Fortis B-42 the Official Cosmonaut's Automatic Chronograph. The same model that he wears on his arm and always relies on in the air and on the ground.

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