Now, Farer is not, at this point a “new” brand, yet one that frequently graces the pages of Worn & Wound. I have checked on a few in the course of recent years, and have even gotten one for my own assortment. The point I am having the chance to is that I realize what’s in store from their watches, pretty much. While each is one of a kind, from the huge peered toward Cobb chrono, to the hand-twisted Stanhope, to the worldwide voyaging Markham, they share certain tasteful characteristics that join them. Shading, surface, and accuracy over-printing are on the whole signs of Farer’s style that you’ll discover present on every one of those watches. This is the reason the semi-new Aqua Compressor Endeavor is kind of an odd duck inside the brand’s list as it does not have those things.
To be reasonable, the Endeavor has existed for quite a while in Farer’s list however as of late got a startling makeover, promoting its special position. As Zach Kazan a long time back, the entire Aqua Compressor line, Farer’s just plunge watches, got a redesign, dumping their steel body for lighter, titanium ones, working off their objective to be a more specialized game watch. Of the three watches, one, the Leven, was generally unaltered. The Hecla, which I audited the first form of here , got a generous update, making it a genuine 2.0.
The Endeavor is kind of in the middle. What used to be steel is presently dark DLC covered titanium, and where there was a blend of green and blue conditioned lume, there is currently perfect, distinct white. While little changes on paper, their impact is huge, permitting the Endeavor to come into its own as a toolish-sport watch with a forceful disposition, that relying upon your decision of lash can feel like a smooth and present day jumper, or a covert, retro military watch.
Hands-On: Farer Aqua Compressor Endeavor Titanium
Case Black DLC Titanium Movement Elaboré Sellita SW 200-1 Dial Matte Black Lume Super-LumiNova Lens Domed Sapphire Strap Natural Rubber Water Resistance 300m Dimensions 41.5 x 45mm Thickness 12.5mm Lug Width 20mm Crown Dual Screw-down Warranty Yes Price $1175
When I evaluated the Hecla, I imagined that the 41.5 x 45 x 12.5mm double crown, barrel case deftly rode the line among vintage and current plan. An estimation that is still valid for the Endeavor, however initially it inclines more present day because of the DLC covering. Still cleaned as an afterthought and brushed on top, the dark covering is emphasizd by the blended wrapping up. Via flawlessly streaming into the dial and the tie, the dark case feels curvier and more streamlined than the steel version.
Continuing this smoothness, Farer disposed of the differentiating bronze crown (it would have been the crown at two) applying DLC to both. While I make the most of their utilization of bronze crowns, it would have broken the look they developed on this model. While on the crowns, it’s worth a snappy repeat of their inner bezel system. Instead of the apparently standard non-click bi-directional style for inside bezels, Farer built up a non-clicking uni-directional system. In this way, by first unscrewing the lower crown, and afterward turning it clockwise, or away from you, you can pivot the inner bezel counterclockwise. Turning the crown the alternate way sits idle. It’s an extraordinary idea and feels ideal to play with, yet I did find that on the off chance that you turn the crown incorrectly, it actually permits about a moment of back play. This is a greater amount of a tasteful inconvenience since on the off chance that you utilize the bezel accurately – for example unscrew, set bezel, re-screw – there is no issue.
The truth that the case is titanium is somewhat difficult to see, particularly without the steel model for comparison, yet it’s not substantial, and the material is in fact 40% lighter. I asked Farer for the various loads and the new form is 92 grams, while the old is 112 grams. In this way, a not-irrelevant drop, yet what stands apart to me is that it wasn’t a hefty watch in the first place. Notwithstanding, I’m sure on the wrist, following a monotonous day, that additional piece of added comfort is appreciated.
No bronze, yet at the same time a special crown configuration Polished sides Display case back
The Aqua Compressor case is a fabulous plan, one that I maybe overlooked the first run through around. Perhaps it’s that 38/39mm is currently practically the standard for jump watches that causes the 41.5mm x 45mm to feel so unique, yet it’s a welcome change. The case is imperatively compact and strong, and highlights a legitimate 300 meters of water opposition, yet flaunts a gigantic dial opening, which it needs for the interior bezel, a wonderfully thin profile of 12.5mm to the highest point of a domed sapphire, and genuine “compressor” development, which is uncommon. It likewise has a presentation window to flaunt the genuine no-date Elaboré grade Sellita SW 200-1 development inside. At the point when you set up that all, you understand that while the case shows up practically straightforward, it’s a remarkable piece of engineering.
After the DLC covering, the dial of the Endeavor is the thing that separates it from other Farers. Where ordinarily Farer flaunt their momentous ability at blending apparently such a large number of tones into eventually effective dials, here they show complete and utter restriction. Like, right around a chafing measure of it. Some other brand would have made some little piece of text red, you simply know it, yet Farer didn’t, not this time. No, the Endeavor dial is all matte dark with applied steel markers loaded up with fresh white lume and some white print. The inward bezel takes action accordingly, with an applied bolt at nothing and white lume print for any remaining markings. The hands are cleaned steel with, you got it, white lume. No tone anyplace, no amazing surface, simply straightforward, clean surfaces for certain applied markers and white lume and print that gleam ice-blue in the dark.
And prepare to be blown away. It looks extraordinary. It’s intense, intentional, and engaging. What more would you be able to request? Well… there is a certain something. There was something that just felt marginally off about the dial that took me a second to pinpoint. At that point it hit me. There are no moment markers on the primary dial surface and just stamps for the initial 20-minutes on the bezel. While this adds to the somber openness it has going on, it detracts from neatness, as you’re continually approximating the time, if just a bit, and there is an absence of focuses to adjust the inner bezel to. While I’m sure Farer didn’t fail to remember them, rather decided to leave them off, I can’t help yet feel like they are required for making this a really utilitarian game/plunge watch (for the record, the Leven has minute markers on the dial, while the Hecla has them on the bezel).
A little moment marker would go far Large numerals on the inner bezel Everything shines
Moving on, the Endeavor is magnificent on the wrist. It’s an incredible size for something with a bolder presence, on account of the wide dial, yet still fits well, because of the short carry to-drag. It’s imperatively ergonomic and rides extremely low, adding to the feeling that it’s a deliberate game watch that would be comfortable during thorough action. As I said in the Hecla audit, you get the sense it would slice through water and have little drag, on account of its surprising form.
The accompanying specially shaped common elastic tie is a brilliant expansion as it incorporates with the watch, for a complete, consistent look. This is particularly obvious on the Endeavor as the tie, case, and dial are generally dark. As a rule, it’s very comfortable as well, however just like the case with every elastic tie, particularly throughout the mid year in NYC, the absence of breathability at last gets upsetting. Likewise, when worn at a work area, I found the guardians, which are very thick, squeezed into the underside of my arm more than I’d care for.
As said previously, when mounted to the elastic, the Endeavor has a practically strategic quality to it that functions admirably with the plan. For a change, be that as it may, I gave it a shot a green calfskin Model 2 Premium (model), which required the utilization of bended spring bars to get on as the Aqua Compressors have short carries. The outcome was wonderful. It truly drew out the ‘70s part of the barrel-plan, and caused it to feel like a piece of military history. This would be the manner in which I’d wear it during the colder months.
The steel Aqua Compressors additionally accompanied a wristband, which isn’t a possibility for the titanium models. I didn’t will attempt the wristband initially, yet in pictures it looked nice, if less custom-made for the actual plan. In prior it this time around, I realize a few fans are likely a digit vexed, yet Farer likewise dropped the cost by $120, and are giving £25 of the benefit per watch to the HWDT good cause research program, which compensates for it.
Big dial and a proportional case on a 7″ wrist Rides quite low
The way I think about this watch is this way: in an equal universe, Farer is a brand that traces all the way back to the 1950s. In those days, they were approached to build up a jump watch for the military and thought of some proto-form of the Endeavor, likely one with an outside bezel. If it was picked by the military doesn’t matter, it turned into their diagram for a group of jump watches. At that point, eventually in the ‘70s, they chose to make a MKII barrel-case rendition of the watch. It was a passing achievement yet didn’t outperform the first. At that point, possibly late ‘70s early ‘80s, animated maybe by an agreement with German uncommon powers, they built up the double crown Endeavor, which included a novel matte dark covering for secrecy missions, a cushion printed tritium dial, and was likely not accessible to general society, however some made it out and in the end turned out to be very collectible.
Fast forward 40-ish years, Farer is fundamentally the brand we know today, and the dark DLC titanium Endeavor is, similar to the Black Bay P-01, a dark military reference from their files transformed into a cutting edge watch (with the exception of, generally welcomed). On the off chance that it wasn’t for those darn missing-minute-markers, I’d say it’s a close ideal choice for a smooth, present day jumper that can be mistaken for a tough, vintage military apparatus watch. With no guarantees, it’s still incredible, just stuck at 99%. Farer