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    What do you guys know about FORTIS?

    Hi all. I'm in the market for a nice GMT watch and came across this fine-looking Fortis. I'm not too familiar with Fortis, so, I did some research on the brand and it's all over the place from good to...meh. Does anyone own this piece? And to Fortis owners in general, what's your ownership experience been like? Enlighten me, please!

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    Re: What do you guys know about FORTIS?

    Never owned one, but from what I hear and have read they are respectable.

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    Sold them for a short time, the first automatic to go into serial production.

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    Re: What do you guys know about FORTIS?

    I have one of those.

    In summary:

    You get your usual ETA (2893-2) movement (engraved rotor) and a well executed case. The watch is a bit heavy (and thick,BTW) the bracelet is reasonably comfortable (screw pins) with solid end links and it's not fagile at all; on the contrary.

    The clasp (with diver extension) it's ok, but far from the best examples in the industry.

    The blued applied numerals are quite nice and the dial easy to read. The watch runs @ +5s/ day.

    Mine is 3 years old now, and I have no problems to report.

    Hope this helps.
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    Re: What do you guys know about FORTIS?

    Quote Originally Posted by CMTFR View Post
    I have one of those.

    In summary:

    You get your usual ETA (2893-2) movement (engraved rotor) and a well executed case. The watch is a bit heavy (and thick,BTW) the bracelet is reasonably comfortable (screw pins) with solid end links and it's not fagile at all; on the contrary.

    The clasp (with diver extension) it's ok, but far from the best examples in the industry.

    The blued applied numerals are quite nice and the dial easy to read. The watch runs @ +5s/ day.

    Mine is 3 years old now, and I have no problems to report.

    Hope this helps.
    Thanks!

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    Re: What do you guys know about FORTIS?

    I had a Cosmonaut Day/Date.
    What I liked: The dual AR coating was the best I've had. Super crystal clarity.
    What I didn't like: The lume was a bit weak, and this model didn't have SEL's.

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    Re: What do you guys know about FORTIS?

    Quote Originally Posted by GlennO View Post
    I had a Cosmonaut Day/Date.
    What I liked: The dual AR coating was the best I've had. Super crystal clarity.
    What I didn't like: The lume was a bit weak, and this model didn't have SEL's.
    That seems to come up a lot in negative reviews. I like the look and I like that it's sort of an obscure brand but I think I'll pass. Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by TimelessFan View Post
    That seems to come up a lot in negative reviews. I like the look and I like that it's sort of an obscure brand but I think I'll pass. Thanks!
    GlennO is right; the cosmonaute day/date didn't have SEL, but the GMT has. In fact, the whole bracelet is in another league. About the lume, well, it really is not the best around.

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    Pretty nice watches for their price point.
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    Re: What do you guys know about FORTIS?

    If you like the style, I'd have zero concerns.



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