Fortis is a watchmaker founded and based in Grenchen Switzerland that was established by Walter Vogt in 1912. Twelve years after its establishment, Walter Vogt set up production with John Harwood, the inventor of the automatic wristwatch. In 1926, Fortis released the first self-winding wristwatch, the patented Harwood Automatic. In 1937, Fortis commemorated their 25th anniversary by manufacturing their first chronographs and in 1954 they took over the world-wide distribution of alarm watches. In 1992, they released the first watch with indication of the 52 calendar weeks.
Since 1994 Fortis has been the exclusive supplier of manned space missions authorized by the Russian Federal Space Agency.