The just-announced Farer Aqua Compressor line is comprised of three models offering different expressions of the same loosely vintage-inspired theme, and they add something new to the brand’s offering of time-and-dateand GMT models. Employing the twin crown and internal bezel layout commonly seen on vintage Super Compressor dive watches, this is Farer’s first dive watch design.
All three models within the Aqua Compressor line are named after ships from the British Royal Navy, with the black dial Endeavour, the blue dial Hecla, and the silver dial Leven. Likewise, all three models use the same 41.5mm steel cushion case, coming in at 12.5mm thick including with a double domed sapphire crystal and 300m (1,000 ft) of water resistance.
Surprisingly true to form, Farer’s Aqua Compressor case is a functional super compressor design, where the water resistance of the case increases as the case (and its gaskets) are squeezed by water pressure at depth. Following a key tenet of the Super Compressor formula, Farer’s Aqua Compressor design features a pair of screw down crowns for controlling time setting/winding (the bronze crown at two) and rotating the elapsed time bezel (via the crown at four).
With its black dial and bezel, the Endeavour is the most classic in terms of aesthetic. By comparison, the Hecla offers an entirely different vibe with its silver bezel, blue dial, and large numerals. With a silver sunray dial, applied bar markers, and an orange and black split coloring shared by both the minute and hour hands and the internal rotating bezel, the Leven is, to my eyes, the most handsome of the three. As they have with past models, Farer pays specific attention to small details, like the use of an accent color on the tip of the seconds hand, or by designing each model with an entirely distinct bezel layout.
Regardless of dial and bezel selection, all three Aqua Compressors employ the ETA 2824-2 in a no-date configuration. Did you notice? None of these dive watches have a date display. Visible through the sapphire display case back, Farer has decorated this elabor grade 2824-2 with a custom rotor and, as ever, the movement ticks at 4Hz and offers a power reserve of roughly 38 hours. While certainly nothing groundbreaking, for the asking price it is nice to see that Farer opted for a Swiss movement.
For the Aqua Compressor, as with most watches, the no-date layout adds a welcome balance and, judging from the images, appears to work well with the oversized handset and bold marker designs selected by Farer, especially on the Hecla.
All three variants of the Farer Aqua Compressor Automatic are being sold via their website for $1,295, including both a steel bracelet with a dive extension and a fitted black rubber dive strap with every watch. Officially throwing their hat into the world of dive watches, the new Aqua Compressor looks good, with a legible display, a solid trio of distinctive versions, and evidence of a thoughtful, even playful, attention to detail.
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