Thursday, November 8, 2018

What Do Cosmonauts Wear?

I rather like to think that if Yuri Gagarin were alive today, he'd be wearing one of these -

Courtesy of Fortis

This is the Official Cosmonauts Chronograph from Fortis.  In all honesty, I had never really heard of Fortis until I discovered the official timekeeper of the Cosmonauts at a Helsinki Jeweler's back in the late 90s.  This was shortly after OMEGA's big press push in partnership with the Apollo 13 movie.  I was sort of curious why Fortis didn't push their space story more assertively, as was the person at the jeweler ; )

Well, fast forward!  Fortis has changed hands a couple of times and endured some truly shitty distribution partners.  Fortunately, life moves forward, and with luck the bad days are firmly in the
Vostok 3KA-3's rear view mirror.

The Cosmonauts Chronograph is a really cool proposition, as it offers a bit more functionality than the OMEGA Speedmaster.  Sorry OMEGA, but that is this guy's opinion.  

Courtesy of Fortis
Here are the pertinents -

Swiss automatic movement Valjoux 7750 / 48 h power reserve / 25 jewels

42 mm Ø stainless steel with steel caseback with Roscosmos stamping, saphire crystal with anti-reflective coating on both sides, 20 ATM/BAR

Chronograph, hour, minute, permanent small second, 12 hour and 30 minute counter, day/date indication

Numerals and indices coated with Superluminova, green afterglow

Hour and minute hand coated with Superluminova, green afterglow
Orange center second hand with bull's eye with Superluminova, green afterglow
 Strap options
Metal bracelet, leather strap, leather performance strap, Nato-Strap, Rubber & Silicone strap
Folding clasp

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