We love watches that have a good story. And that’s the case with the Fortis Official Cosmonaut Chronograph we have here. In 1994, Fortis became the official cosmonaut’s watch. First only for the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center, and since 2001 also with the Russian space agency Roscosmos.
You can find some interesting videos on YouTube, like this one here, where you can see the Fortis chronograph on board the International Space Station. Fortis’ chronograph was also used during the spacewalk of the MIR-18 crew (Vladimir Dezhurov and Gennadi Strekalov) on May 12, 1995.
In cooperation with the Austrian Space Forum, since 2017 we have been working on the development of the first Mars-Watch. The “Amadee-18” was the starting signal for the joint project. In the desert of Oman, a simulated Mars mission took place in 2018 where several experiments were carried out over several weeks which should make a life on Mars possible. Each line in the logo patch represents an experiment and the different reds and oranges for the sunrises and sunsets on Mars and Earth. We reviewed the Official Cosmonauts Chronograph Amadee-18 version here.
Besides a good space story, the Fortis Official Cosmonauts Chronograph in steel is also an impressive watch on the wrist. Although the official size is 44mm (as can be seen in the specification overview), it actually wears a bit small. The case size is 42mm, but the diameter of the bezel is 44mm. So even if your wrists aren’t that large, the Official Cosmonaut Chronograph will be a comfortable watch to wear.
Fratello is an authorised seller of the Fortis Official Cosmonauts Chronograph Amadee-18 version. We are also happy to be able to offer a very nice grey color Fortis NATO strap for your watch, with an €80 value. Your watch will be shipped insured and free of charge (worldwide).
If you want to know more about Fortis, click here for our interview with Fortis CEO Jupp Philipp.