BRITISH-DESIGNED WATCHES OF THE YEAR: Farer Hecla Aqua Compressor

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Farer unveiled its first divers’ watches in September, less than a year after the launch of its first automatics in November 2016.

The Hecla Aqua Compressor collection, priced competitively at £1095 (available only direct from the manufacturer) have 41mm cushion-shaped steel cases with twin screw-down crowns for adjusting the time and a uni-directional internal bezel used to indicate remaining time for a dive.

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The watch is waterproof to depths of 300m, far deeper than a diver will ever descend, and keeps out water using gaskets that are compressed by rising pressure below the water so that the timepiece becomes more resistant to water the deeper it goes.

This protects the Swiss ETA 2824-2 Elaboré Non-Date Movement, which can be seen through a sapphire crystal case back. Each watch is individually numbered and comes with both a rubber strap and steel bracelet.

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