April 24, 2011

Fortis Flieger Automatic Review

Fortis Flieger Automatic Watch Review

  Fortis nailed it with the Flieger Automatic, a very well executed aviation style watch. Flieger itself refers to a pilot’s or aviator’s watch. This Flieger is only 40mm, but the dial is vast, extending almost the same width of the case diameter. The dial has a matte black finish, with Arabic numerals, indices, and hands applied with green SuperLuminova. The seconds hand is done in vibrant orange, giving the Flieger a little added flair. The dial is crystal clear through the AR (anti-reflective) coated sapphire crystal. There is a nice oversized crown common with aviation styled watches. 
  Something a little different about this Flieger than most others on the market is the sandblasted case finish. Sandblasted cases have a more dull gray finish, without brushed lines, opposed to the usual more shiny brushed finishes. This finish gives the Flieger Automatic a little something extra to further distance itself from other fliegers on the market. Inside the screw down case back is an ETA 2824-2 automatic movement. Each watch is individually numbered and is water resistant to 200m. The watch comes on a decent leather strap, nothing overly special here. A watches hands will sometimes get overlooked in reviews, not this time! Fortis did an excellent job in designing the hands, very crisp and easy to read. They stand out quite nicely.
  If you are in the market for a aviation styled watch the Flieger Automatic is definitely worth looking into. Fortis has always offered a good value with their watches.

Pros - Big open dial, ETA 2824-2, 200m water resistance, sandblasted.

Consideration - Lots of other watch options in the Flieger market.

Case: Stainless Steel
Case Diameter: 40mm
Crystal: Sapphire
Dial: Black
Bezel: Fixed
Strap: Black Leather
Movement: ETA 2824-2
Power Reserve: 40 hrs
Water Resistant: 200M
Lug Width: 20mm

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