Fortis Pilot’s Chronograph

Posted by Richard Gross on October 28, 1997 at 8:25:58

Having just taken possession of a new Fortis Pilot chronograph, I felt it was time to update the Fortis reviews. First of all, it comes in a in can filled with closed cell foam. Nothing fancy here. The instruction book is straight forward. Again, nothing fancy, no frills. Likewise with the guarantee card. Now to the watch. It is large, 40mm and thick, 15mm. Mine is the bracelet model. Typical pilot styling. Matt black dial w/anti-glare crystal (mineral glass). VERY luminous hands and numbers and markers. Seconds are marked in 5 sec. increments. A very purposeful look about the dial. The entire watch and bracelet is matt finished. No glare anywhere. Day and date typical of the VJ7750. Non-screw down winder-WR-50m. Thirty minute and 12 hour counter hands are neon orange as is the chrono seconds counter. High visibility. Very easy to read in low light to total darkness. All this for under $1500. One of the best values for the dollars spent in the watch world.

Accuracy in the first few days has been consistently +5/sec/day. Not bad for a non-chronometer. Time will eventually tell about long term accuracy. This is definitely a no-frills watch from a no-frills company. A nice touch though is that every Fortis comes with a polishing cloth for cleaning the crystal. Works very well for polishing my stainless watches also. Everything about the watch is purposeful. Again, it is a large, thick watch. Not for everyone. Definitely a watch for the larger wrist. The watch with its matt finish and matt crystal is not a dress watch by any measure. Looks great with jeans or chinos. Great casual/weekend watch. If you are looking for your first modern chronograph and do not have a large watch budget, I strongly suggest looking at this watch very seriously. A lot of watch for not a lot of money.