To mark the latest iteration of our Aqua Compressor collection, Farer embarked on a journey to visit our partners at The Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust (HWDT).
Based on the Isle of Mull, this charitable foundation is dedicated to the conservation of whales, dolphins and porpoises in the waters of western Scotland. They run a variety of education programmes that reach over 20,000 people each year and are focused on showing the importance of marine conservation.
Farer has been proud to support HWDT for several years, donating a portion of the profits of each Aqua Compressor sold. So far we have raised £43,500 of our £50,000 target.
In mid-January the Scottish Highlands and Inner Hebrides are remote and sometimes almost inaccessible. The sweeping, sparsely populated landscape is breathtakingly beautiful, but also a far cry from the south of England where we started our journey.
Many of the roads are single-track, winding their way around the peaks. And, in the winter when there are a few inches of snow, these become difficult to drive without a 4x4 vehicle. The Isle of Mull is only accessible via ferry, and therefore the lives of inhabitants of the island are intertwined with the sea.
In short, it’s the perfect place to test a dive watch.
Our latest Aqua Compressors are designed with function at the forefront and have a hypo-allergenic and corrosion-resistant case made from grade II titanium. Furthermore, as we all know titanium is an exceptionally lightweight metal, and the case of the Aqua Compressor weighs only 62g, making it remarkably comfortable to wear.
Alongside this, the Aqua Compressor has a water resistance of 300m. Though, should you forget to screw down either of the crowns, the double gaskets inside each mean that the watch will still be watertight to 100m. Of course, we still advise you to check the crowns are screwed down before going into the water.
Other features of the Aqua Compressors are a 2.2mm thick domed sapphire crystal, with multiple layers of anti-reflective coating to reduce glare and a healthy application of luminous Super-LumiNova on each model. Each titanium screw-down crown features deep grooved edges that make them easy to grip and use. The bottom one operates the internal rotating bezel, which is a signature of compressor dive watches, whilst the stop sets the time. Speaking of which, the Aqua Compressor is powered by the Swiss-made Sellita SW200-1 Elaboré movement, which importantly features no ‘ghost date’, and is adjusted for accuracy in three positions.
Each Aqua Compressor comes on a fitted rubber strap, but there’s also a titanium bracelet available as an add-on purchase, and both feature quick-release spring bars so that you can swap them out without any fuss.
We think that the Aqua Compressors offer everything you need in a good dive watch - accuracy, legibility, and comfort. It’s these three core tenants that we focused on when designing these new Aqua Compressors, and they now take their place as our flagship purpose-built dive watches.
View the full Aqua Compressor Collection here.