Fortis Marinemaster 8001 Yellow Sub Dials

Valjoux 72 - great looking watch

The Fortis Marinemaster 8001 is a diving chronograph from the early 1970s. The combination of a diving watch with a chronograph is quite rare.

The Swiss watch manufacturer Fortis was founded in Grenchen in 1912. Fortis developed timepieces for the navy and space travel. From 1994 onwards, Fortis was the official watch supplier to the Russian cosmonauts.

In the 1960s and 70s, the manufacturer developed some really nice and unusual watches. Here we have a pretty diving chronograph from the early 1970s. This watch is powered by the same movement as the first Rolex Daytona. The legendary Valjoux 72 is the mother of all chronograph movements and is known for its reliability and robustness.

A highlight of this watch are of course the yellow-circled sub-dials. The 30-minute counter is additionally divided into three red areas. The hour and minute hands have a beautiful design featuring steel borders and magenta inlays. There is also an execution with blue sub-dials and hands. The central seconds hand is white. Both the hands and the hour markers contain tritium lume, which is original in every single element of this watch. The dial has a tachymeter scale.

The entire dial is almost immaculately preserved. The stainless steel case measures 39mm and has sharp edges. The Fortis logo, model reference and water resistance are still engraved deep on the case back. The chronograph works perfectly as you would expect from a Valjoux 72 movement.

This Fortis Marinemaster 8001 is a great looking wristwatch and is perfect for everyday wear. It's really hard to find a this model in good condition. That fact makes this excellently preserved specimen a very special and rare vintage collector's watch.

Int.Exe.: 90360

Manufacturer: Fortis

Model: Marinemaster

Reference: 8001

Functions: chronograph - small running second - luminous hand - rotating bezel - screwed-on caseback

Material: Stainless steel

Dial: black

Watch glass: acrylic crystal

Bracelet: leather

Type of clasp: pin buckle

Diameter: 39mm

Caliber name: Valjoux 72

Movement type: manual wound

Year of Manufacture: 1971

Overall condition: 8 - worn regularly - light signs of wear


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