Facts You Never Knew About Fortis Luxury Watches

An Article from Upscaletime.com.

 

 

We know that FORTIS is one of the best brands in the Luxury watch industry. In this article we will know the history of Fortis, your one of the most favorite luxury watch brand, Let’s start the tour!

 

 

In 1912, The company was founded in a small Swiss village in Grenchen by Mr. Walter Vogt, trained as a maker in Biel and had worked for Eterna, obtain the company as the sole owner. Mr. Walter Vogt’s original philosophy is the base still now of today's company's policy.

 

 

In 1924, It was the most conclusive year for brand FORTIS. It’s the year when Mr. Vogt and Mr. John Harwood met, Mr. John Harwood a British watchmaker innovator of the self-winding wristwatch. Mr. Harwood was looking for two consecutive years to find the best industrial partner for the mass-production of his innovation in Switzerland. Mr.Vogt supported the project with appreciable money resources to convert the innovation into the production!

 

 

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In 1926, Another decisive year for FORTIS! In 1926 FORTIS produced world’s first the self-winding wristwatch "Harwood Automatic" invented by Mr. John Harwood. The wrist watch attracted huge interests.

In 1930, FORTIS produced two of its most successful and famous products. The first one came “Rolls” a legendary wrist watch with and unique a winding system which was developed by Mr. Leon Hatot.

 

 

In 1931, FORTIS launched another successful product called “Autorist” with the use of another automatic invention by Mr. John Harwood.

In 1937, this revolutionary year, on company’s 25th birthday, FORTIS presented their first Chronograph, which is admired until today!

In 1943, FORTIS introduced another supreme product. With the presentation of their waterproof watch, FORTIS showed again why they are the best in the industry of luxury watches with the most successful model “FORTISsimo”.

 

 

In 1947, FORTIS made the Alarm wrist watch very popular.

 

 

In 1956, In this year FORTIS got the "leading chronometer" awards bestowed by the Swiss Institute awarded for the super popular "Manager” series. Every single "FORTIS-Manager" alarm watch was tested, and obtained the fantastic distinction "especially good results".

 

 

 

In 1943, FORTIS introduced another supreme product. With the presentation of their waterproof watch, FORTIS showed again why they are the best in the industry of luxury watches with the most successful model “FORTISsimo”.

 

 

In 1947, FORTIS made the Alarm wrist watch very popular.

 

 

In 1956, In this year FORTIS got the "leading chronometer" awards bestowed by the Swiss Institute awarded for the super popular "Manager” series. Every single "FORTIS-Manager" alarm watch was tested, and obtained the fantastic distinction "especially good results".

 

 

 

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In 1957, In Tokyo, around 600 watchmakers celebrated "FORTIS Day" in Yamaha hall on 26th November.

 

 

In 1962, One of the best brand FORTIS, in the luxury watches presented another two extreme successful models "Stratoliner" and the "Spacematic" an absolute water resistance anchor watch highly accurate automatic watch with superb date indication, that year it was then selected, by the American astronaut's team.

 

 

In 1965, FORTIS had to face some huge competition like other brands due to the quartz watches of Japan. FORTIS accepted and answered on this challenge. "FORTIS-Cobra" was a real striking design For the American market and was a genuine hit!

 

 

In 1975, FORTIS got a huge success, FORTIS created a real mark in fashion watches with “Flipper quartz leader” model, It was a huge success for more than 40 countries.

 

 

 

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In 1987, During FORTIS's 75th anniversary, The company relaunched the automatic wristwatches which was extremely popular in the past. Expect the successful product range of the "FORTIS Logo Swiss" collection. FORTIS launched once again their legendary pilot's watches with their easy to use functions.

 

 

From1990, Mr.Peter Peter has all the credits for further development of the brand, with great support by the chief Marketing Manager Liese-Lotte Peter and from his wife.

 

 

In 1994, the BEST year for FORTIS. Since 1994 FORTIS is the official watch supplier for Yuri A. Gagarin (Russian Cosmonaut Training Center).

 

 

In 1995, Completely involved in aviation, FORTIS watches were the time tracking instruments non-experimental MIG 25PU aircraft with a passenger.

 

 

It was 1996 when FORTIS started to make its mark in Asia!

 

 

In 1997 “OFFICIAL COSMONAUTS CHRONOGRAPH FROM FORTIS” was selected for mission MIR 97!

 

 

In 1998, The Air Force of Hungary used the model Pilot Professional from FORTIS Automatic Chronograph watch to get their pilots.

 

 

In 2000, Fortis took a huge step in the marketing with their updated SPACEMATIC watches named “The Next Generation FORTIS SPACEMATIC”

 

 

In 2004, Fortis won the Award of European Aviation Watch for one of the best model, FORTIS FLIEGER CHRONOGRAPH AUTOMATIC. 

Some of the best collections from the house of Fortis!

  • Autorist
  • Aquatis
  • Terrestis
  • Cosmonautis
  • Brain-matic Cobra
  • B-42 Cosmonaut Chronograph
  • Eden roc
  • Easy-math
  • FORTISsimo
  • Flipper
  • Marine Master
  • Manager
  • Skylark
  • Performance
  • Spacematic
  • Space Station ISS
  • Trueline
  • Stratoliner
  • Wandfluh