It was only a week or so ago that we announced the newest addition to Farer’s ranks, the Aqua Compressor divers. Not ones to make a “me-too” watch, Farer, despite their young age, set the bar high, creating vintage inspired divers with modern stats that stay true to the “compressor” concept. Often mistaken to mean a dual-crown diver, a compressor case actually tightens as pressure increases, a novel design from the mid-20th century. Farer’s watches also utilize an internal bezel so they do have two crowns–one in bronze the other in steel. With a 300-meter water resistance, sapphire crystals front and back, an elaboré grade ETA 2824 movement, and a respectable price point of $1,295, the Aqua Compressors don’t just look the part, they offer a legitimate dive watch and a great value.
In an interesting and likely expensive move, rather than make one watch in three colors, Farer made three watches using the same case: the Endeavor, the Leven, and the Hecla, all named after British ships. Despite what they have in common, they offer three pretty distinct aesthetics. I got the chance to spend some time with the Hecla, likely the most modern of the three and while the Endeavor might be the version most to my taste, the Hecla was a lot of fun to wear.