Farer debuted an all new collection this week in the AquaMatic. These dive watches have colorful designs and an easy wearing shape and size that seem perfect for the summer months, and also present what might be a compelling value for some, shipping with a bracelet and two straps that can be easily swapped with one another. At under $1,000, the AquaMatic makes a compelling case as this summer’s fun, go anywhere sports watch.
Typical of Farer, the AquaMatic collection is a group of watches that share a footprint but have radically different color options to choose from. The Thurso has a white dial with a teal bezel and orange minutes track along the dial’s perimeter, the Cribbar has a black dial with red accents and puffy white hour markers, the Porthleven is basic blue with hints of red and white throughout, and the Freshwater has a white dial with hour markers and a bezel in a soft blue-green. In my opinion it’s the Freshwater that has the most distinct look – that particular shade of green is just not very common in watch design, and it looks very striking here against a white backdrop. But all of the watches in the AquaMatic collection have a ton of personality and serve to demonstrate just how important color choices are in giving a watch a distinct character and charm.
The case of the AquaMatic was designed to fit comfortably on any sized wrist. It measures 38.5mm in diameter and is 11.9mm tall, giving it a compact profile without sacrificing the sports watch robustness you’d expect in a watch like this (it’s water resistant to 200 meters). The AquaMatic runs on a Sellita SW220-1 with 41 hours of power reserve and is protected by an Incabloc Novodiac shock-absorber.
Aside from the adventurous dial colors, a highlight of the AquaMatic release is without a doubt the fact that each watch comes with a bracelet and a pair of straps, all of which can be interchanged without the use of a spring bar tool. Regardless of the AquaMatic you select, it will ship with a jubilee-style bracelet, a quick release rubber strap in a color matching an element of the dial, and an additional nylon strap. With a retail price set at $995, there’s some considerable value here if you happen to be drawn to a particular dial color within the collection.
The all new AquaMatic collection is available from Farer right now. Check back here in the near future for our detailed hands-on impressions.