View Full Version : Fortis Watches?

Tom Cornelius
09-29-2011, 07:44 AM
I was speaking with an old friend last night and he was extolling the virtues of Fortis Watches. He has worn one for about 20 years as an Officer in the Marine Corps. in a lot of tough environments... Do any of you well traveled adventurers have experience with Fortis Watches?

09-29-2011, 10:36 AM
I haven't checked their prices for 10 years, so my statements on value may be out of date.

Fortis uses bone-stock industry-standard movements (as do many "Swiss" watch companies), generally with little additional value added in the movement, and places them in well-engineered good-quailty cases with dials/hands with strong styling. I particularly like their retro pilots watch stylings. When last I looked at their prices, they were quite reasonable values for what they delivered, and for a couple of years I wore a Fortis 24-hour pilot's watch as my beater. The one weakness I always was concerned about was the crystal, which in the models I had seemed to be a bit under-engineered.

I agree with Speed is Life's assessment that once you get into their more complicated offerings, there may be better value from other brands.

Tom Cornelius
09-30-2011, 01:16 PM
Thanks Guys!