In the year when the famous Swiss watchmaker celebrates an entire century in the industry, Fortis has launched several special anniversary models and Fortis Marinemaster Vintage timepiece is among them. It comes from the Marinemaster collection of mechanical watches that was first introduced during the 1940s. The new watch includes a chronograph feature and is constructed in a limited edition. The overall retro appearance of the model is caused by the fact that the inspiration for the creation of this model is the watch from the Marinemaster series that was produced during the seventies. There are two variations of the timepiece, with either orange or blue accents on the dark dial.
As it can be expected for the product of the watchmaker who introduced the first ever automatic timepiece, the new anniversary model is equipped with the movement of this kind. The caliber in question is Swiss Automatic Movement 2020 with a modified chronograph movement. This caliber integrates 46 jewels, runs on the high frequency of 4 Hz, and has an Incabloc shock absorber for improved resistance to stress.
Its self-winding movement is placed in a round stainless steel case with brushed and polished finishes. The case that consists of three components is 40 mm wide and transparent on the back side. The front of the watch is protected with dome-shaped PMMA glass with special coating. PMMA (poly methyl methacrylate), also known as acrylic glass, is a transparent thermoplastic that features very light weight. The construction of the case enables the watch to resist water pressure up to 50 meters below the surface. Besides, it is important to note that the timepiece has a unidirectional rotating diving bezel in black color, divided into 120 segments.
The retro-styled face of the watch is dark and dominated with three subsidiary counters. The version with blue accents has a dark gray dial, whereas the one with the orange details has a matte black dial. The outer part of the dial includes a tachymetric scale. The hour and minute hands, as well as the rectangular-shaped hour markers are treated with luminous white coating that has a green afterglow in the dark. The small seconds counter sits at the right side of the face, while the chronograph 30-minute and 12-hour sub-dials are respectively placed at the left and bottom part of the watch’s dial. Unfortunately, Fortis Marinemaster Vintage Chronograph watch does not include a date display. As for the bracelet, Fortis decided to use a black leather strap with contrast stitching.
As it has been previously noted, the watch is constructed in the limited edition. Both versions, the one with a gray dial and blue accents (Ref. No. 800.20.85) and the one with a black face and orange details (Ref. No. 800.20.80), are made in 500 copies. Each of the timepieces is individually numbered.