Introducing the Farer Aqua Compressor Collection

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If you’ve been following us for some time, you’ve surely read our coverage of Farer. We were immediately drawn to its strong design language that somehow both called back to the past but felt equally modern, too. After handling the pieces and speaking to the minds behind the company, we knew that Farer wasn’t in it to cut corners. They were in it to build a proper brand that would make proper watches. In that time, Farer has grown tremendously, building on their inaugural collection of quartz watches with an automatic and a series of GMT watches, the latter released just earlier this year.

A few months back, Farer co-founders Paul Sweetenham and Ben Lewin joined us on The Worn & Wound Podcast on the heels of the successful launch of their GMT collection. Near the end of our discussion, the duo gave us a sneak peak at a project that got the entire Worn & Wound team very excited. Farer was coming out with a collection of divers, and not just any divers. They were to be Compressor-cased divers. Well, they’re finally here—introducing the Farer Aqua Compressor Collection.

From left to right: the Endeavour, Hecla, and Leven.

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Before we get to the watches, let’s take a look at what a Compressor case design is and how it works. The words “Super Compressor” are commonly (and incorrectly) attributed to cases that feature two crowns and an internal rotating bezel. In actuality, a true Compressor case needs neither of those two things. That’s because the word “Compressor” actually refers to the mechanism (which, by the way, was designed by case manufacturer EPSA way back in the late ‘50s) through which the case handles water resistance, becoming more water tight at greater depths as the increased water pressure compressed the case back against the internal O-ring. It’s a really cool design, and the Aqua Compressor collection utilizes the above principle, thereby earning its name and its 300-meter depth rating.

Note the cross-hatch on the crown at four.
20mm lugs.
Powering the watch is a decorated ETA 2824-2 in an elaboré grade. The date has been removed, so there’s no ghost date here.

The cushion case measures 41.5mm wide, 12.5mm thick, with a lug-to-lug height of 45mm, making this a supremely wearable piece based on the dimensions alone. The sides and case back are polished, the tops are brushed, and there’s a ring of polished metal surrounding the crystal that pulls the eye in.

The twin crowns are screw-down, with the signature bronze crown near two operating the time setting and the steel crown by four operating the unidirectional internal bezel. A 2.2mm double-domed sapphire crystal sits atop the mid-case.

The Aqua Compressor collection consists of three distinct designs: the Endeavour, Hecla, and Leven–all named after ships.

The Endeavour–classic and bold.
The Hecla–the most Farer-esque of the three.
The Leven–a touch of vintage here.

The Endeavour is the most restrained of the three, featuring a matte black dial with white contrasting markings. Ironically, this is the biggest departure for the brand, which is known for its liberal use of color on the dial.

By contrast, the Hecla then takes a more Farer-esque approach with its dynamic blue dial, white contrasting bezel, and red-rimmed hands. It’s a sandwich dial, with the blue portion sitting above a lumed base with cutouts at all hours except for three, six, nine and 12, which are applied.

Finally, the Leven harkens back to some classic dive watch design, melding what Farer does best with a ‘70s vibe (I definitely see a bit of the Bulova Accutron Snorkel diver here).Each Farer Aqua Compressor will come paired with two straps. The first is a black natural rubber band with an oversized buckle. And the second is a tapering stainless steel bracelet with a two-way clasp and safety locking mechanism. It also features a built-in wetsuit extension.

Each watch is individually numbered and will retail for $1,295. Farer

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Ilya is Worn & Wound's Managing Editor and Video Producer. He believes that when it comes to watches, quality, simplicity and functionality are king. This may very well explain his love for German and military-inspired watches. In addition to watches, Ilya brings an encyclopedic knowledge of leather, denim and all things related to menswear.
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