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New Watch - Farer Bradfield


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OK, so I received this Watch as an anniversary present last Monday but it's taken me this long to get in gear.

As a anniversary tradition, my wife give me a watch and it's always a great pick. She has tracked my evolving preferences over the years and has a great knack of picking something unique, yet to my tastes.

This year she selected the Farer Bradfield:

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Farer have interested me for a while as a growing British watch brand which seems to be very active picking up attention from the watch media alongside Christopher Ward, Bremont, Marloe and Fears.

They've stood out for me for their attractive dial designs and optimal (for me) case sizing. My only question has been for their slightly stronger pricing vs. Christopher Ward which was a factor earlier this year when I was weighing up a Farer vs a CW and I went for the latter (with the CW C65 Chrono) as I already know and trust the brand.

Now I actually own one and have experienced its quality, I feel their proposition is pricing relatively reasonably due to the design and execution. This time only example is just over £750 - not sure if they offer discounts (obviously didn't ask).

Overall build quality is great with expected touches, such as a good strap, signed buckle, two tone crown, and case back (which they also engraved):

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A big deal is made about the anti-magnetic properties of the watch but I don't spend much time at CERN so it's a much of a muchness to me.

The dial is an absolute treat:

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The white dial really allows the indicies and features to sing. The applied two-tone indicies look fantastic and well framed with the coordinated minute track. The blue offsets the soft yellow of the pilot hands which combines to create a great vintage pilot feel. The second hand is great also which a fun pointer and the hand is matte silver which looks awesome in the metal.

I've had pilot watches before and found them too bold for my tastes. This however says a lot without shouting too loud.

The lume is out of this world:

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absolutely beams with it being applied strongly on hands, halo'ed on indicies and minute track.

As it fades, it creates a beautiful effect as if it's actually illuminated behind the indicies:

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Box and papers is standard fare if not a little underwhelming at this price point but CW overperforming makes it challenging for everyone else in the top end-affordable space in this regard:

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So now i've experienced one in the metal, i get where Farer are coming from and my questions regarding value for money are answered.

Wonder if the same would happen with Bremont if I went there also...........

 

 

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2 hours ago, chas g said:

Are those quick release buttons on the strap where it meets the watch body?

Really like the watch.

They are indeed. Quick release springbars are one of the joys of this hobby! 

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