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Fortis markets the Stratoliner as "the first watch for space cowboys", which accurately encapsulates the spirit of the collection. Go to infinity and beyond – with a Fortis Stratoliner!  More

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Buy used Fortis Stratoliner chronographs

Become a space cowboy and put your abilities as well as your exceptional taste and eye for quality on display by wearing a Fortis Stratoliner timepiece! Where others opt for gold, you choose ceramics and where others receive admiration, you earn respect. The watches in this collection prioritize simplicity, offering their wearers tough companions that are stripped down to the bare essentials – although you wouldn't know it when looking at the models. At Watchmaster, you can find used Fortis Stratoliner watches for sale in very good condition that have been reconditioned and certified by experienced watchmakers.

Finance your Stratoliner online at Watchmaster

In order to hold your Stratoliner chronograph in your hands as soon as possible, be sure to place the desired model in your shopping cart and complete the order process. Choose between a one-time payment of the total purchase price via credit card, bank transfer or PayPal or opt to finance your luxury watch. If you decide to pay the purchase price in low monthly instalments, you will still be able to receive and wear your Stratoliner quickly. If you have any further questions, Watchmaster customer service would be happy to help you with your inquiries.

What defines the watches in the collection?

Visually, Fortis Stratoliner watches can be summarised as robust chronographs. The functional nature is immediately apparent from the tachymeter scale on the bezel, totalizers at 6, 9 and 12 o'clock, and a date window at 3 o'clock. Some individual models also feature an additional day display. The stainless steel cases of the Stratoliner chronographs are quite large, usually measuring 42 mm, and have a quite sporty look with the crown and pushers placed on the right side of the case. Whether on a stainless steel, leather or textile bracelet, this collection boasts impressive versatility and can be worn as a sporty everyday watch in the office – even if that is far from the Stratoliner's natural environment.

The current Fortis Stratoliner models have a robust ceramic bezel and a self-winding UW-50 calibre with a special rotor that winds in one direction and a power reserve of about 48 hours. The concise dial arrangement with baton indices and a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal with an anti-reflective coating on both sides ensure that the watches are exceptionally easy-to-read. To aid use of the Fortis Stratoliner in the dark, there are models available like the Stratoliner Ceramic A.M. (Ref. F2340000), where the white Super-LumiNova dial glows at night. Additionally, the watches are water-resistant for up to 100 metres.

How much does a pre-owned Fortis Stratoliner cost?

Here's a short overview of a few models and prices for used Fortis Stratoliner watches to offer help while considering your purchase.

  • Featuring a 42 mm stainless steel case, a black ceramic bezel and a black textile watchband, the Stratoliner All Black Limited Edition (Ref. 401.26.37 LP.10) radiates a certain coolness, but the real highlight is the dial. Its rich, dark grey paired with black totalizers creates an intriguing and powerful contrast. This automatic model is also limited to 200 pieces and might prove to be an exclusive collector's item soon. You can get a pre-owned model of this 2020 Stratoliner as a full set for about €3,180.

  • The Fortis B-42 Stratoliner (Ref. 665.10.11M) made of steel seems to be even more robust. This appearance is due to the high-quality processed, robust bracelet made of stainless steel and the black dial with its contrasting white hour markers. This model also comes with a 42 mm case, black bezel, screw-down case back, and sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating on both sides. Expect to budget around €2,000 for this pre-owned Stratoliner in very good condition.

  • As we mentioned before, some models of the Fortis Stratoliner have a luminescent dial alongside the standard features. This is true of the Stratoliner Ceramic A.M. F2340000. This model is impressive all along the board and includes a textile strap, black ceramic bezel, a tidy Super-LumiNova dial that glows green at night, as well as classic complications such as a chronograph, day and date display. In fact, the Stratoliner Ceramic A.M. is only different from its model counterpart, the Stratoliner Ceramic P.M., by its white dial, as the Ceramic P.M. is equipped with a black dial. For a used Stratoliner Ceramic A.M. (Ref. 401.26.32 LP.10), plan on paying around €2,500.

One name, two stories

The history of the Fortis Stratoliner started in the 1960s. Its story is immediately interesting considering the origin of the name "Stratoliner", because there are two stories that explain the origin of the name. The first version relates the name of the watch to high-altitude reconnaissance flights in the stratosphere and the appropriately rugged, time-tested construction of the model's series. The second story involves the increasing growth of civil aviation in the 1960s and the jet associated with it. This would be further evidenced by the use of the name for the Boeing 307 Stratoliner, which was the first commercial passenger aircraft with a pressurized cabin.

Interestingly, Fortis Stratoliner watches were not always exclusively pilot watches and chronographs. One of the first models, the Stratoliner (Ref. 6245), was only equipped with a date complication and visually reminiscent of the Rolex Datejust. Only the larger, more convenient crown suggested the origin of the collection was actually in aviation. Only during the further course of its existence, the collection became a series exclusively consisting of chronographs. In the 1980s, the Fortis Stratoliner eventually was outfitted with the Lemania 5100 calibre, which was later replaced by modified, refined Valjoux 7750 movements and then finally by the UW-50 movement featuring a frequency of 4 Hz.

Other noteworthy collections from Fortis

  • The Spaceleader Chronograph seems to have been designed for anyone yearning to be more than just a "space cowboy". The watches of this collection are real eye-catchers on account of the modern design of the integrated bracelet.

  • The B-42 Aeromaster Dusk delivers the classic design of a pilot's watch paired with modern influences, such as the bronze-coloured dial, and a distinctly masculine appearance. This is a collection that inevitably evokes the Airbus A400M's impressive appearance.

  • Do you like the Aeromaster Dusk, but bronze is not really your cup of tea? Then, you might want to have a look at the Aviatis Aeromaster Stealth. These watches retain the Aeromaster's retro appearance and robustness and then further emphasize it with black design elements.

  • With the Spacematic, Fortis underscores its own aspiration to produce functional wristwatches without compromise. Whether a straightforward three-hand model or high-precision chronograph, you'll be prepared for any situation with a watch from this series!

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