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As a diver, clarity and accuracy is paramount. Each Aqua Compressor dive watch has a series of high contrast colours and Super LumiNova detailing to showcase the core information.

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The three different dial designs of the Aqua Compressor collection have been intricately developed to put clarity at the forefront to deliver a set of highly functional tool watches. While the different detailing of the collection from floating dials and raised markers to engraving and overprinting techniques all come together to create intricate dials with elegance. All supported by a bolder take on the classic Farer syringe hands, the Farer oversized dive hands in polished steel have a prominent split minute hand marking for quick identification of dive time.


Designed for function, the Aqua Compressors feature Super-LumiNova for maximum afterglow and a flawless finish quality, creating high-clarity dial views even in the lowest light conditions. It works like a light storage battery, where light charges the battery and afterwards the light is continuously emitted. This activation and subsequent light emission process can be repeated again and again, and the material does not suffer any ageing. It is chargeable with sunlight or artificial light. Mixed with a suitable specific binder, Swiss Super-LumiNova is applied on all Aqua Compressor dials and hands.


Each Farer Aqua Compressor is supplied with two straps. Firstly, a black natural rubber thick-edged strap with a secure oversized tool buckle, featuring the Farer ‘A’ and wave pattern inner grip detailing. Secondly, a 316L stainless steel tapered bracelet with two-way clasp and safety locking mechanism + in-built extension allowing it to be worn comfortably over a wetsuit. The bracelet has been detailed with a brushed finish on the surface against subtle, highly polished sides with the Farer ‘A’ on the clasp – fully adjustable by link extraction or addition.

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The sealing of the front crystal, back crystal, screw back case and twin crowns all utilise the compression principle: as the water pressure on the outside of the case increases, gaskets built around these areas are naturally compressed so that the case becomes more water resistant the deeper you dive. The water resistance when the crowns are unscrewed for adjustment is 100m / 330ft. By screwing down the crowns, an additional flat gasket is compressed within the tubes, securing the water resistance of the case up to the full 300m / 1000ft.


The twin crowns are screw-down, spring-back release with their own gaskets, allowing the watch to be taken to depths of 300m / 1000ft. The signature Farer solid bronze crown allows you to adjust the time and features the Farer ‘A’ carved out of a squared texture for feel. The stainless steel crown allows you to adjust the internal dive time bezel, with the classic Super-Compressor hatching detail for feel. Screwing the crowns down secures the water resistance of the case up to the full 300m / 1000ft and related water pressures.


The unidirectional internal bezel is for the measurement of dive time, moving by increments of one minute. The bezel utilises a precision ratchet safety system which disconnects the feed from crown to bezel by only turning it anti-clockwise, preventing the bezel turning clockwise and increasing the diving time. To adjust the diving time, unscrew the crown anti-clockwise until off the threads, then turn clockwise until the bezel is in the set position opposite the minute hand.

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The Farer Aqua Compressor collection is powered by the Swiss-made ETA 2824-2 Elaboré Non-Date Movement. This is a rare piece from ETA, in that it features no date within the mechanics to make this 100% functional for the diver’s needs. A highly reliable, workhorse movement, adjusted in three positions with omegametric timing for chronometers, average rate of +/−12 seconds/day.


Not ones to hide anything away, we believe quality movements should be seen and appreciated. We have developed a screw down back case to hold the flat sapphire crystal exhibition glass, both utilising compressor gaskets to secure the water resistance and withstand the high pressures to 300m/1000ft. Each watch is individually numbered around the exhibition glass, making your watch unique to you. From your birth date to your lucky number, select your favourite number before it’s gone.


Turning over the Aqua Compressor case you’ll see the bespoke ETA rotor has been detailed in a raised bronze overprinting technique with the Farer submersible three wave design and lettering. As an Elaboré ETA movement it has been finished with snailing (or as the French say more eloquently ‘Perlage’), a round fine detailed decoration on the metal to beautifully catch the light. Powering a 38 hour power reserve when the movement is fully wounded.

Fortunately, British brand Farer are here to show those brands how it’s done with their latest release, the AquaMatic. This new dive watch comes in four bold colour ways, each named after a popular surfing location (or a wave in the case of the Cribbar) in the UK. 
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.
Farer is a brand that makes somewhat non-traditional watches. Their designs are led by unexpected color combinations, usually in sporty cases, and sometimes with unusual complications and movement selections.
If successful, a brand inevitably reaches a point of maturity where it’s no longer considered a microbrand and that’s how I see Farer – a bona fide independent watchmaker. 
I know, comparing a €1,000 watch to a Laurent Ferrier might seem far-fetched. But after a week with the Farer Stanhope II, the first impression lingers. Within this very British cushion case are small touches of smooth joy that fit the bill, or am I fooling myself into a sense of grandeur? After all, I bought the Stanhope II with my own hard-earned cash.