FORTIS – B-42 BLACK MARS 500 Day/Date Limited Edition & B-42 BLACK MARS 500 Chronograph Limited Edition

More than forty years ago millions of people worldwide have followed the moon landing. Today, the specialists from different nations are aiming to fly to Mars. When in the year 2035 the first human space mission will take-off to the red planet the stage was set by the ambitious research projects of today.

Between 2010 and 2011, the European space agency ESA and the Russian space agency ROSCOSMOS systematically prepared a project in an artificial habitat constructed in dimensions of a real spaceship for a period of 520 days in isolation. Storage rooms, green house, lab area and even an exploration platform to simulate the exit to Mars’ surface are part of the technical equipment. After the successful performance of the test mission of 105 days in 2009, the real-time 520 day mission started on June 3rd, 2010 in the Mission Control Center. Six candidates from 4 different countries (Russia, Italy, China and France) were participated in this mission that was successfully concluded on November 4, 2011.

In this project, mechanical timepieces of Swiss manufacturer FORTIS were used by crew as timing equipment as their official MARS 500 mission watches. Being the official supplier to manned space missions since the beginning of the 1990’s FORTIS automatic watches have proven their reliability during countless missions in weightlessness. Since the hatchway has closed for 520 days the FORTIS timepieces accompanied the crew of the MARS 500 flight simulation mission on their wrists for the challenge lasting almost two years.

To commemorate this milestone in Mars exploration FORTIS launched two special edition timepieces: the FORTIS B-42 BLACK MARS 500 & the FORTIS B-42 BLACK MARS 500 Chronograph.

FORTIS B-42 BLACK MARS 500 Day/Date
The FORTIS B-42 BLACK MARS 500 day/date model was issued in a limited edition of 2012 pieces. Issued on the occasion of the MARS flight simulation of 520 days, the FORTIS B-42 BLACK MARS 500 has a Titanium PVD black, three-parts, 42 mm case featuring a black unidirectional turning bezel with 60-minute scale and a luminous capsule at 12’o clock. Equipped with an automatic Swiss made movement, this timepiece displays Day / Date indication bilingual English and German in addition to basic timekeeping functions.

The Black matte dial has flange with hour-scale 13 – 24 h, triangles at pos. 3 h next to the date / day indication illustrating the direction of rotating the crown for quick adjustment. Arabic numerals, indices and hands are embedded with Superluminova orange and green to enhance the legibility in the darkness. The Centre-stop-second-hand is highlighted with a luminous dot.

Other features of this timepiece are Sapphire crystal anti-reflective coating on both sides, Crown with FORTIS logo and Screw-down titanium case back.

Technical details
Model: Limited Edition 2012 FORTIS B-42 BLACK MARS 500
Case No.   647.28.158
Reference: 647.28.13
647.28.13 L 13: Leather strap black with orange stitching
647.28.13 K: Rubber strap with folding clasp
Option: Titanium black PVD folding clasp for leather strap with FORTIS logo and “Limited  Edition” engraved

Movement
Automatic Swiss movement 220, 11 1/2 ”’, 25 jewels
28,800 semi-vibrations per hour
Fine timing device and Incabloc shock absorber

Function
Hour, minute, centre-stop-second
Day / Date indication bilingual English and German

Case 
Titanium PVD black, three-parts, 42 mm case diameter
Turning bezel with 60-minute scale black unidirectional (120 divisions)
Luminous capsule at Pos. 12 h
Sapphire crystal anti-reflective coating on both sides
Crown with FORTIS logo
Screw-down titanium case back, individually numbered (xxxx/2012)
Water-resistant 200 m / 20 bar

Dial/Hands
Black matte, flange with hour-scale 13 – 24 h
Triangles at pos. 3 h next to the date / day indication illustrating the direction of rotating the crown for quick adjustment
Arabic numerals, indices and hands with Superluminova orange and green afterglow in the darkness
Centre-stop-second-hand with luminous dot

Attachment
Leather strap black padded with orange contrast stitching fitted to the case

Packaging
Leather box, pouch with FORTIS logo
Instruction manual, international warranty card   Certificate of limitation

Special Features
Limited Edition 2012 pieces, issued on the occasion of the MARS flight simulation of 520 days
Official MARS 500 Mission logo engraved on the side of the case
Case back embossed with the emblems of the Russian space authorities

FORTIS B-42 BLACK MARS 500 Chronograph Limited Edition
The FORTIS B-42 BLACK MARS 500 Chronograph was issued in a limited edition of 500 pieces. Issued on the occasion of the MARS flight simulation of 520 days, the FORTIS B-42 BLACK MARS 500 Chronograph has a Titanium PVD black, three-parts, 42 mm case featuring a black unidirectional turning bezel with 60-minute scale and a luminous capsule at 12’o clock.

Equipped with ETA 7750 Swiss made movement, this timepiece offers chronograph functions, day / date indication and Tachymeter.

Technical details

Movement
Automatic Swiss Movement 7750
13 ¼ ”’, 25 jewels, 28,800 semi-vibrations per hour
Fine timing device and Incabloc shock absorber

Functions
Chronograph, hour, minute, permanent small second
12 hour counter, 30 minute counter
Day / date indication
Tachymeter

Case
Titanium PVD black, three-parts, 42 mm case diameter
Unidirectional turning bezel with 60 minute scale black (120 divisions)
Luminous capsule at pos. 12 h, sapphire crystal anti-reflective coating on both sides
Crown with FORTIS logo
Screw-down titanium case back, individually numbered (xxx / 500)
Water-resistant 200 m / 20 bar

Dial
Black matte, flange with tachymeter scale
Triangles at pos. 3 h next to the date / day indication illustrating the direction of rotating the crown for quick adjustment
Arabic numerals, indices and hands with luminous material orange and green afterglow in the darkness, second hand with luminous dot, 30 minute counter at pos. 12 h, 12 hour counter at pos. 6, day / date indication at pos. 3 h

Strap
Leather strap black padded with orange contrast stitching, fitted to the case

Specials
Issued on the occasion of the real-time MARS flight simulation of 520 days, official MARS 500 mission logo engraved on the side of the case, case back embossed with the emblems of the Russian space authorities

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