At this point, Farer is no longer a “new” brand, but one that quite often graces the pages of Worn & Wound. I have reviewed several over the past few years, and have even picked one up for my own collection. The point I am getting to is that I know what to expect from their watches, more or less. While each is unique, from the big-eyed Cobb chrono, to the hand-wound Stanhope, to the global-traveling Markham, they share certain aesthetic qualities that unite them. Color, texture, and precision over-printing are all hallmarks of Farer’s style that you’ll find present on each of those watches. This is why the semi-new Aqua Compressor Endeavour is sort of an odd duck within the brand’s catalog as it lacks all of those things.
To be fair, the Endeavour has existed for some time in Farer’s catalog but recently got an unexpected makeover, furthering its unique position. As Zach Kazan wrote a couple of weeks ago, the whole Aqua Compressor line, Farer’s only dive watches, got an overhaul, ditching their steel chassis for lighter, titanium ones, building off their goal to be a more technical sport watch. Of the three watches, one, the Leven, was mostly unchanged. The Hecla, which I reviewed the original version of here, got a substantial redesign, making it a true 2.0.
The Endeavour is sort of in-between. What once was steel is now black DLC coated titanium, and where there was a mix of green and blue toned lume, there is now just clean, stark white. While small changes on paper, their effect is large, allowing the Endeavour to come into its own as a toolish-sport watch with an aggressive attitude, that depending on your choice of strap can feel like a sleek and modern diver, or a stealthy, retro military watch.