Space watch specialist
Ever since the early 1960s, Fortis has been committed to the development of timepieces especially designed for use in outer space. Because they're so resistant to temperature fluctuations, Fortis products are ideally suited for the challenging conditions that exist beyond the earth's atmosphere. This was confirmed in 1994 after extensive tests at the training centre in Star City near Moscow. The Fortis Official Cosmonauts Chronograph has since become official equipment for Russian space missions.
Another milestone in the history of Fortis was the creation of the Fortis calibre F 2001. The first watch of its kind, this was an automatic space chronograph with a mechanical alarm function. Overall, various Fortis watch models have played a consistently important role in the story of space exploration. In 1995 the Fortis Automatic Chronograph reached what was then a record altitude of 300,000 metres. And in 1997, the Fortis Official Cosmonauts Chronograph took part in the German-Russian space mission MIR 97. In addition, Russian occupants of the international space station still regularly use Fortis watches.