A few months ago at the time of the launch of the Flieger F-39 and F-41 “Midnight Blue” models, Fortis made an environmental commitment to start producing more and more watches from sustainable materials, and today with the launch of the reborn Marinemaster collection confirms this pact with the watch cases being produced from recyclable steel. No wonder why the new Marinemaster is all about “nature” and despite not being a diving watch even though it could be a lot due to a generous 300 and 500 meters of water resistance, it invites outdoor activities like fishing, windsurfing, hiking, or camping.
The new Fortis Marinemaster comes in two models in different sizes, the M-40 offered in 4 variants and the M-44 offered in a single variant, let’s move on to the features that define each of the models.
As the nomenclature indicates the M-40 comes with a 40 mm recycled steel case, black stainless steel gear bezel, 3 o’clock crown with crown guards, hidden lugs, sapphire crystal glass, screw-in case back, and 300 meters of water resistance. As we have already mentioned, the M-40 is offered in four color variants on the dial – Rockstone gray, woodpecker green, serenity blue, and snow white. The textured dial with the repeating “O” pattern of the Fortis logo comes with a chapter ring in the same color as the dial, applied hour markers and baton hours and minutes hands all filled with Super-LumiNova, center lollipop seconds hand and a date window at 3 o’clock. Inside is equipped with automatic Caliber UW30 movement based on the Sellita SW 200-1 that offers up to 38 hours of power reserve. All variants are offered with a stainless steel bracelet or a horizon rubber strap in the same color as the chosen variant and which comes with the same embossed “O” pattern as the dial. Prices range from € 2,950 to € 3,300 if accompanied by a rubber strap or a stainless steel bracelet respectively.
The Marinemaster M-44, in addition to coming with a generous 44 mm recycled steel case, is much more than a simple variant of larger dimensions, adding some interesting new features compared to the standard M-40. Starting with the case that features an extra crown at 10 o’clock, which allows you to turn the bezel in both directions through the new patented Fortis Lock System and which also comes with a powerful 500 m of water resistance that is the envy of many diver watches.
The black dial features exactly the same textured pattern with the “O” of the Fortis logo of the M-40 model, but the chapter ring features amber-orange accompanied in color by the minute hand and the rubber strap if you choose this option. Inside lives another novelty, the new and powerful Caliber Werk-11 produced by Kenissi that offers up to 72 hours of power reserve and is Chronometer Certified by COSC.
Prices range from €4,250 to €4,600 if accompanied by a rubber strap or a stainless steel bracelet respectively.
It seems to us a good addition to the options available from Fortis filling some gap that existed at the field watch level, if from an aesthetic point of view the serenity blue variant was the one that most seduced us, from a technical point of view the M-44 is the which impresses us most with the powerful Caliber Werk-11 and the amazing 500 m of water resistance.
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Model: Marinemaster M-40, Marinemaster M-44
Reference: F8120003, F8120004, F8120005, F8120006, F8120007, F8120008, F8120009, F8120010, F8120013, F8120014
Dial: Rockstone gray, woodpecker green, serenity blue, snow white, amber orange
Lume: Super-LumiNova X1 with blue afterglow
Case Material: Recycled steel
Case Dimensions: 40 mm and 44 mm Diameter
Crystal: Sapphire Glass
Case Back: Recycled steel
Water Resistance: 300 and 500 Meters
Strap: Horizon rubber strap or stainless steel bracelet
Caliber: UW-30, Werk-11
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, date, bezel
Frequency: 4 Hz (28,800 Vph)
Power Reserve: 38 (M-40) and 72 (M-44) Hours
Price: € 2,950 (M-40 on a strap), € 3,300 (M-40 on a bracelet), € 4,250 (M-44 on a strap), € 4,600 (M-44 on a bracelet)