For 2021, Fortis has reinvented their cornerstone Marinemaster collection with a series of M40 models (which we reviewed in detail here) and a single Fortis Marinemaster M44 watch. The collection is designed as the perfect outdoor companion offering essential robustness and functionality for the likes of fishing, windsurfing, hiking or camping. The Marinemaster M40 collection offers a selection of classic 40mm waterproof watches while the M44 raises the bar with more than just a larger case size but a patented Fortis Lock System crown, improved water resistance and a COSC certified movement.
The Fortis Marinemaster M44 leads the way with a larger case size than it’s M40 brother measuring in at 44mm in diameter while promising the same recycled stainless steel architecture, brushed finishing and bevelled edges. The drilled lugs and squared-off crown guards add to its tool-like appearance as does the bi-directional bezel with lume pip and 60 minute scale. Fortis calls the bezel their “Gear Bezel” detailed with a black stainless steel grip for refined functionality. The crown at 3 o’clock is screw down just like the closed case back engraved with the words “Keine Termine Und Den Horizont Vor Augen” which translates to “No appointments and the horizon ahead”. Together the crown and case back provide a water resistant rating of 500 metres.
One of the biggest differences between the Fortis Marinemaster M44 watch and the M40 is the addition of a secondary crown. Placed at the 10 o’clock position, this additional feature is the brand’s patent-pending Fortis Lock System crown which can be used to lock the bezel into place. This is perfect for those wanting to make the most of the watch’s 500 metre water resistance. You simply push and turn the bezel to unlock, rotate the bezel into place to measure elapsed diving time, and lock it again by turning the crown the opposite way.
The dial layout and finish of the Fortis Marinemaster M44 watch is almost exact to the M40 other than it’s differing colourway. The same embossed pattern takes centre stage but coloured in black while the minutes track and minutes hand is dressed in bright orange for an immediate contrast. The rest of the dial features large stick-shaped markers for the hours, sword-shaped hands for the hours and minutes, a lollipop shaped seconds hand and a black date disc at 3 o’clock. The hour markers and central hands are also coated with Superluminova for easy readability while you’re adventuring outside in the dark.
Similiarly to the Fortis Flieger F-43 Triple GMT watch, which was launched earlier this year, Fortis has chosen to fit the Marinemaster M44 watch with a manufacture movement made with Kenissi, widely known as Tudor’s movement maker. The movement is the WERK 11 calibre which Fortis describes as “weekend-proof” for its 70 hour power reserve since you can easily take the watch off on Friday and strap it back on your wrist on Monday without needing to reset or rewind. The WERK 11 movement has also been certified as a chronometer by the Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute (COSC) and comes with 26 jewels and a frequency of 28,800vph. We’re also assured the movement is fitted with a Fortis signed rotor, but we’ll have to take the brand’s word for that since it’s hidden behind the screw down case back.
The Fortis Marinemaster M-44 is presented on a choice of two straps, the first is an Amber Orange rubber strap embossed with the same Fortis-O pattern as the dial secured by a classic pin buckle in recycled steel. The second options is a stainless steel “Block” bracelet with a slide clasp for quick adjustments.
PRICE & AVAILBILITY
The Fortis Marinemaster M44 is expected to be released during February 2022, but you can pre-order it now on the Jura Watches website here. The rubber strap variant retails at £3,850 and the bracelet reference at £4,200. If you’d like to learn more about these models, get in touch with the team today on 01335 453453 or send us a message at firstname.lastname@example.org.