Fortis Marinemaster 1970 Ref 8001 Valjoux 72 39mm Gray Blue Dial Tritium RareFORTIS
For auction is a rare 1970 Fortis Marinemaster 8001 chronograph Valjoux 72 39mm gray dial with blue subdials. A vintage 60's sports chronograph with all the desirable qualities: Valjoux 72, color, good patina, great case (both in condition and design), rotating bezel. What it doesn't have is a wide awareness like some of the more common sports chornograph's of the era (like an Autavia/Speedy/Daytona/etc). These are genuinely rare watches. Interestingly they didn't use an off the shelf case that other brands also used but unique to Fortis, as is the dial design. It is an iconic watch that hasn't reached the highest heights due to most watch collectors never having seen one or had the opportunity to buy or handle one.
Ref #: 8001
Diameter: 39 mm w/out crown, 42 mm w/crown, 46 mm lug to lug
Lug Width: 19 mm at the lugs tapering to 16 mm (will take a 19 mm strap)
Height: 15 mm
Power-reserve: 34 hours
Water Resistance: 200 meters
Gram Weight: 74 grams
Movement: Valjoux 72 manual winding
Strap/Bracelet: Tropic style strap
Case: Stainless steel with wide beveled case sides, brushed lug tops, screw down brushed caseback in excellent shape
Dial: Matte gray with blue ringed silver subdials, baton hands with blue paint and tritium, white and tritium baton markers
Condition: 85% (8.5 of 10): very nice unpolished case, excellent dial, working correctly
Box/Papers: Watch only
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