British watchmakers Farer Universal have developed a good after and impressive buzz with their steadily developing assortment of sensibly evaluated, elegant watches with notable plan components, all controlled by Swiss developments. Up to this point, Farer have tried not to deliver a particular reverence to a specific watch from an earlier time, rather using their #1 angles from a whole time of watch configuration to make absolutely new pieces as much at home in current days as they would have been during the 1950s or ’60s. That is, as of recently. Farer’s as of late delivered Aqua Compressor arrangement, accessible in three unique emphasess, is Farer’s caring tribute to the double crown Super Compressor cased jumper’s watches of the 1960s and ’70s. Here is my audit of the Farer Aqua Compressor Hecla.

For straightforwardness, I consider myself as a part of the developing armies of Farer fans. I audited Farer’s Oxley GMT Automatic for ABTW a year ago and discovered it an elegantly executed and fascinating piece, which likewise spoke to a phenomenal worth considering the top evaluation ETA 2893-2 beating inside. Being a confirmed commercial jumper, US Coast Guard veteran, and general nautical geek, I seized the occasion to look at Farer’s first endeavor at a maritime base clock in the Aqua Compressor. With all that far removed, we need to discuss the most characterizing component of the Aqua Compressor and its precursors the Super Compressors – the double crown case design.


So far, Farer’s assortment has used the equivalent (or a fundamentally the same as looking) 39.5mm wide case with a solitary, customarily found three o’clock, non screw-down crown (in bronze, similar to Farer’s custom). Farer’s first jumper is housed in an absolutely new case. For the Aqua Compressor, Farer took a portion of the vital parts of what made the old Super Compressor watches cool, most remarkably an inner bezel and two crowns, and refreshed the entire thought for an unquestionably vintage-style-yet present day feeling piece. Two tightened crowns – the upper in bronze for setting the time and the lower in treated steel for working the inside, slipped by time bezel – complete the Super Compressor look while staying mindful of current mechanical advances and Farer’s particular bronze crown style.

Part of what made the vintage Super Compressor watches cool was their strategy for accomplishing 200m of water obstruction. As opposed to running after a particularly water tight case with a crown and caseback which screwed into separate gaskets, Super Compressor producers Ervin Piquerez S.A. (EPSA) rather permitted water strain to do a portion of the truly difficult work. By planning a case which utilized expanding water strain to press the caseback, precious stone, and crowns into their gaskets for water snugness. While the sheer number of Super Compressor watches to be found in acceptable condition, from creators like Wittnauer, Hamilton, Bulova, Enicar, and Benrus, addresses the adequacy of their utility as a jumper’s watch, it’s additionally not all that uncommon to recognize a vintage Super Compressor which has been overflowed. In light of that, Farer chose for update EPSA’s thought into a more dependable, more water-safe bundle and for that, I thank them.

With that as a primary concern, the double crowns on the Hecla are, pretty shockingly, water-impervious to 100m when screwed out and impervious to 300m sank. So while Farer needed to coordinate not just the visual Super Compressor plan, right down to the crosshatched example, yet in addition the manner in which the watches accomplished their water opposition, they actually went for the more all around acknowledged strings and gaskets way to deal with siphon up the dependability and water protection from make a cutting edge, proficient evaluation jumper’s watch. I will say the crown having some water opposition in the fastened out position helps the contention for an inner bezel, an idea generally tormented by the “When do I set this?” question as most jumpers could never unscrew a crown in or anyplace close to the water because of a paranoid fear of flooding their watch.


Farer Aqua Compressor Hecla case detail

Farer Aqua Compressor Hecla seconds hand

I should specify here that tightening the crowns on the Aqua Compressor can be somewhat troublesome because of the fairly steep point at which the crowns meet the case. Since it’s difficult to feel where precisely the crowns should begin sinking, it’s anything but difficult to begin them somewhat cross-strung, which at that point implies you need to unscrew and restart. While not a serious deal generally speaking, it’s deserving of notice and would mean I’d be reluctant to meddle with the crowns in the water despite the fact that they would hypothetically be fine. By and by, I question any bad-to-the-bone jumpers will be taking the Aqua Compressor plunging, yet I’m sure the watch could deal with it.

Farer Aqua Compressor Hecla on wrist with wristband

As far as size, the new Aqua Compressor’s pad style case is a truly wearable 41.5mm in width by 45mm long. A sensible 12.5mm thickness and 20mm drag width add to the compact bundle and make the Aqua Compressor a delight on wrists of numerous sizes including my own fairly dainty 6.25″ wrist. The crowns don’t stand out extremely far, attributable to their two and four o’clock situating, and don’t delve into the rear of the hand in any event, when the watch is worn freely. This watch, particularly on the elastic lash, wraps the wrist truly well and is incredibly comfortable. You really fail to remember you’re wearing it, which is amazing for any watch greater than about 40mm, at any rate for me. Balancing the vintage style case is a marginally domed sapphire gem with hostile to intelligent covering within as it were. Like on other Farer watches, the gem is astounding and adds some nostalgic watch feel, however isn’t the too domed gem of a portion of their different contributions. While a piece of me would have adored another monster domed precious stone like we saw on the Oxley GMT, it presumably would have made the Aqua Compressor a lot taller and less comfortable.

Case completing is likewise fantastic, with a finely-brushed top other than an exceptionally meager cleaned ring enclosing the precious stone. This little cleaned ring does miracles to get the light and make the front of the watch considerably additionally intriguing. Case sides are cleaned too and the brushed-top-cleaned sides arrangement helps me to remember Farer’s case completing on a portion of their other more earthly models. It’s prominent to perceive how the Farer tasteful has been pulled from their other determinedly less astounding models to some extent which keeps the Aqua Compressor appearing to be unique yet at the same time a lot of related, similar to a plunging, surfing, Aloha shirt-wearing cousin of the more serious models. The Farer Aqua Compressor is accessible in three extremely particular varieties, as has been Farer’s way in their different deliveries. Having a similar case, lash, arm band, and general plan, every variant of the Aqua Compressor separates itself from its kin in its dial and inward bezel tone and look.

The three Aqua Compressors are the dark dialed Endeavor, the silver dialed Leven, and, inspected here, the blue dialed Hecla. All are named for Royal Navy boats of old, every one of which has their own extraordinary history, another way Farer infuses the sensation of some legacy into their still exceptionally new brand. I chose the Hecla for the survey generally in light of the fact that I love the electric blue dial and finely miniature engraved wave design. Named for the HMS Hecla , a Royal Navy bomb vessel dispatched in 1815, which was thus named after an Icelandic fountain of liquid magma, the Aqua Compressor Hecla has an especially striking blue dial whose precise shading changes are significantly founded on survey point and lighting. Light conditions likewise consider various levels of perceivability for the wave design, which is an extremely cool and unobtrusive touch that plainly expresses this watch is worked for the ocean.

Interestingly, the blue segment of the dial “coasts” over a circle of strong lume, taking into consideration a ring of said lume to be obvious at the dial’s perimeter just as at the hour markers, which are essentially removed from the middle part of the dial. The Farer-style (we can say that now) numeric markers at twelve, three, six, and nine o’clock are applied, raised from the dial, and filled in with all the more Super-LumiNova. Complimenting the brilliant blue is a bunch of “reference point red” hands which thusly highlight a robust aiding of even more white Super-LumiNova. A cleaned steel seconds hand, finished off with a lumed yellow Farer “A” styled tip, polishes off the energetic and practical arrangement of hands. The lume is by and large awesome yet not as brilliant as what you’d get from Seiko.


Dial text is fortunately negligible and Farer have likewise chosen for leave off the date work through and through, a choice which helps in intelligibility and can just extend my adoration for Farer’s work. Here once more, Farer have expertly infused their shading palette into a watch in a manner most brands wouldn’t endeavor and the outcomes are refined at this point still dynamic, a troublesome equilibrium to accomplish without making the watch dial resemble a tropical winged creature. The inner bezel is a stifled “space explorer silver” and is engraved with slipped by time estimations which are then infilled with dark paint. A lumed triangle lives at twelve o’clock on the inward bezel for the night jumpers out there. While this is unquestionably the most splendid Farer yet, it doesn’t feel ostentatious or pretentious. On the wrist, it’s more downplayed than I suspected it would be.

Flipping the watch over uncovers a sapphire presentation caseback, a superfluous yet cool refinement, which takes into consideration simple review of the Top Grade ETA 2824-2 Non Date, an uncommon enough development in its own right, which Farer have adjusted with their own Farer rotor with an engraved wave example to keep the nautical subject flooding (rather than ebbing). While very little can be said about the ETA 2824-2 which hasn’t been said previously ( by us even ), it is critical that Farer sourced the non date form as opposed to utilizing the standard form and concealing the date window the same number of different makers would. As you’d envision for the more than demonstrated 25 gem ETA 2824-2, timekeeping was precise and solid and Farer’s developments are changed in three situations to guarantee amazing time telling. My Hecla kept time at a couple of moments quick every day if worn, a degree of precision which is an excess. The absence of date additionally didn’t trouble me a spot. Most in the advanced world look a their telephone more than frequently enough to keep up to date with one’s area on the schedule and as I would see it, most watches, and all jumpers, look better without a date window.

I commended Farer for the nature of the ties they gave when I checked on the Oxley GMT Automatic however with the Aqua Compressor, they’ve climbed one more score. Every Aqua Compressor comes as standard mounted on a fitted, common elastic tie with a huge, Farer “A” marked clasp. This elastic tie is, in structure, capacity, and comfort, tantamount to any I have attempted. Italian elastic is totally graceful, smooth, and doesn’t accumulate build up. A straightforward furrowed plan mates up consummately with the case and shows that Farer put some idea into the elastic however didn’t have any desire to overwhelm the watch itself. Within the tie rehashes the wave design from the dial and gives sweat an exit plan to shield the elastic from feeling tacky. This elastic lash, on this $1300 watch, is just as acceptable as any OEM you’d get from Omega or Panerai. Indeed, the elastic is so acceptable, you could nearly miss the additionally fantastic wristband, which Farer have so generous included.


Keeping the vintage subject alive, the Aqua Compressor arm band is a genuinely direct shellfish plan with a fantastic, rock solid catch and coordinated augmentation. The arm band looks incredible on the watch and gives it some weight for the individuals who feel the watch isn’t appallingly huge. Actually my lone downside with the wristband is that it’s quite hard to change, attributable to its collar and pin joins. Notwithstanding, you just need to measure it once, and when you’re set, it’s unadulterated euphoria on the wrist. Farer likewise remembered a helpful apparatus for the container which snatches both spring bars immediately for simple exchanging between the wristband and the elastic, which is something you will need to do given the nature of the two ties. The littlest of issues with the wristband is the modest number of miniature changes on the generally superb fasten. With just two situations for miniature change, there may be those (like me) who end up in the “excessively close or excessively free” circumstance, however those individuals will be joyously content with the elastic lash anyway.

Farer are, in a packed universe of miniature brands, enormous brands, new businesses, and Indie Go activities, a watch company we can and ought to get behind. Their mix of insightful and genuinely extraordinary plan which can be had at a sensible cost is, now, without equivalent in the watch business. It’s ideal to see a brand make a special effort to not just make an assortment of watches which are for the most part incredible all alone however to go considerably farther of their approach to keep a real plan sense across the entire assortment. The Aqua Compressor resembles the GMT programmed arrangement, notwithstanding their varying styles and purposes. The Farer Aqua Compressor is quite possibly the most fascinating and all around delegated jumper’s watches out there today. By combining their now signature plan components with usefulness, some recorded legacy, and present day tech, Farer are proceeding to inspire bigger thoughts regarding what miniature brands are equipped for making. In the dynamic Hecla arrangement, the Aqua Compressor puts forth a solid defense for a definitive summer or get-away watch. Couple that with an entirely feasible retail cost and you have the achievement and notoriety Farer are presently appreciating. On the off chance that you like the Farer look however have since sat tight for a more able marine choice, the 300m Aqua Compressor is a strong contribution by the brand at a cost of $1,295. farer.com

Necessary Data

>Brand: Farer

>Model: Aqua Compressor Hecla

>Price: $1,295

>Size: 41.5mm, excluding the crowns.

>Would commentator by and by wear it: Oh yes.

>Friend we’d recommend it to first: The maritime traveler type who needs a games watch with water opposition, dynamic tones, and a vintage feel.

>Best normal for watch: The miniature engraved wave design gets me each time.

>Worst normal for watch: I wish the crowns fastened somewhat more effectively, yet I’m truly parting hairs.

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