Based in 1912 in Grenchen, Fortis is best-known for crafting rugged, purposeful watches and for its long-lasting reference to aviation and house exploration. Because it was just lately acquired by Jupp Philipp, the main focus has been to craft no-nonsense instrument watches with a motto “there is no such thing as a perform with out design and there’s no design with out perform.” After reimagining its Flieger assortment, the model went aquatic by bringing again the Marinemaster. Accessible in two sizes – M-44 (44mm) and M-40 (40mm) – right here’s our hands-on evaluate of the smaller mannequin.
If the Marinemaster is a historic title linked to diving watches, the brand new Marinemaster has not been envisioned as a pure diving watch however as an on a regular basis, go-anywhere instrument watch. The result’s a particular, fashionable design (that concerned Xavier Perrenoud) with apparent consideration to element.
Beginning with the case, as its title suggests, the Fortis Marinemaster M-40 measures 40mm in diameter. Nonetheless, with its spherical opening and distinctive lug form, it feels barely larger. Product of recycled chrome steel, the case is totally brushed, which accentuates the rugged character of the watch. The 120-click unidirectional rotating bezel operates exactly (the M-44 bezel is bidirectional with a lock mechanism) and the black fluted Gear Bezel™ presents glorious grip.
The crown is protected by a pair of crown guards. It’s giant sufficient and fluted, making it simple to make use of too. The strong screw-down caseback and a triple gasket screw-down crown guarantee a 300m water-resistance. So, as you may see, even when the brand new Marinemaster is just not introduced as a real diving watch, it comes with substantial underwater capabilities.
The dial of the Fortis Marinemaster M-40 is embossed with a sample made up of the squared Fortis O emblem. Along with the sloping flange at its periphery, it offers the dial a lovely sense of depth whereas guaranteeing there are not any reflections. It is available in 4 colors impressed by nature: Serenity Blue, Rockstone Gray, Woodpecker Inexperienced and Snow White. So you could have fairly a good selection. The date is proven at 3 o’clock. The usage of Tremendous-LumiNova X1 for the fingers and markers guarantee nice visibility, even at the hours of darkness.
Turning the watch over, the metal caseback is engraved with a winds star/cardinal factors. Contained in the Fortis Marinemaster M-40 is the calibre UW-30 Efficiency. Primarily based on the Sellita SW 200-1, this tried-and-tested workhorse is exact and sturdy. It beats at 4Hz and has as much as 38 hours of energy reserve. The cease second mechanism permits for exact setting.
The Fortis Marinemaster M-40 is worn both on a metal bracelet or on a versatile built-in ‘Horizon’ rubber strap. The model’s three-link block bracelet is powerful but versatile – its security folding buckle is fitted with a sensible quick-adjustable extension. The rubber strap matches the dial’s color and sample. It comes with a pin buckle and the screwed lugs guarantee a safe attachment to the case.
On the wrist, the Fortis Marinemaster is a really tactile, bodily watch. It feels pleasingly hefty, strong and purposeful. With its versatile 40mm diameter, it’ll match most wrists. Its distinctive, vibrant persona clearly grabs consideration. I can completely suggest that you simply go hands-on with it, if solely simply to test it out in individual.
Now accessible from retailers and from the model’s web site, the worth is ready at EUR 2,950 on rubber strap and EUR 3,300 on metal bracelet. For extra info, please go to fortis-swiss.com.