"Totally unique flieger"
Verified Owner Comments: The Cockpit One seems to be somewhat of an overlooked model from Fortis, and that is a shame. I was searching for an automatic that I could wear everyday, and one that would be my second Swiss piece. I've fallen in love with fliegers, and while you can certainly find many classic pieces, I found the Cockpit series to be an incredibly unique combination historic and modern elements.
The 41 mm case is a perfect fit for my 7.25 wrists, covering most of my wrist, and should fit anyone 6.5 and above quite well. The case is a combination of brushed and polished metal, and the antireflective sapphire crystal is absolutely gorgeous, reflecting the most beautiful shade of blue from the sun on the roof of my car when I'm driving. The back sapphire display case allows a look at the ETA 2836-2 movement with signed rotor - probably not the most beautiful movement, but tough, reliable, and one that I actually enjoy looking at. The case isn't screwdown, but it does wind very smoothly.
The lugs angle down and make the watch very comfortable to wear. Finally the face - it's the best part. I've read reviews talking about how odd the day/date complication is: I don't need to see the day that came before and the one coming after! I think those comments miss the purpose completely. The day/date evokes the classic altimeter in planes, the numbers spinning from up to down as a plane climbs in altitude. It's such a great take for a flieger. Days adjust German and English to your preference, and is very easy to set.
The minutes are placed on the outside, with 12, 9, and 6 for the hours closer to the inside. Pilots need to track minutes more than hours, so again a great design decision. White lines at the 5, 10, 20, 25, 35, 40, 50, and 55 draw your attention inwards and outwards, depending on where you're looking. The minutes are an off white color, giving the watch a vintage feel - one I like a lot and ultimately makes me glad I picked the Cockpit One as opposed to the flashier Cockpit Two. The sword hands look fantastic, and the second hand in white sweeps very smoothly. It truly looks like you've got a instrument dial pulled out of a classic WWII warbird, shrunken down, and placed on your wrist! I wish that the lume was a bit brighter. Only the hour and minute hands are lumed, along with the triangle at 12, and I would have at least preferred lume on the 12, 9, and 6, and on the second hand. The strap is pretty good, great for the price but one that a lot of people will probably swap out (this is a strap monster). Those are the only real criticisms I have. All said, this is a fantastic watch.
Watchbuys is great to deal with, and really seem to value customer service. And lastly, the deals on Fortis in particular are spectacular. Watchbuys really does offer amazing prices that are standard, not sale, for Fortis as their website claims. I've never seen this arrangement anywhere else online. Go to sites like Chrono24 and you'll find used Fortis watches for more money!
They really feel like an absolute steal on Watchbuys, and for what you're paying, you're getting a truly independent Swiss brand with tons of history. Most importantly, you're getting an excellent and unique wristwatch that you can be proud to own. Looking forward to purchasing another Fortis on Watchbuys.