Hot on the heels of the release of their new F-43 Bicompax Chronograph, Fortis is back with the second release from their new Flieger collection, the F-41 and F-39. For folks who thought the F-43 was a tad on the large side, these new(er) watches might hold some appeal, coming in at more modest measurements but with similar flieger styling, sans chrono.
Stylistically, the F-41 and F-39 hew close to the aesthetic of the F-43, with simple gray dials accented with pops of green lume and orange accents. The Fortis “Synchroline,” an orange ring that spans from 11:00 to 1:00, is perhaps the most unique design element on the dial, and seems like it would be useful for a pilot in orienting him or herself in the cockpit. Or perhaps it’s just there to look cool (it does, in my opinion). The “Brixtrack” ring, another feature from the F-43, is present here as well. You’ll recall from coverage of that earlier watch, that Brixtrack is a brushed ring around the outside of the dial with individual lume plots at each minute marker. It’s designed to aid in legibility and gives the watch a tactical feel, while adding depth to the dial, which is not a quality that’s often associated with pilot’s watches.