Farer Quartz Split-Seconds Flyback

These Complicated, Colorful Chronograph Watches Offer Tremendous Value

February 22, 2019 Watches By
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Farer is a young brand that has captured the attention of many watch fans with colorful and detailed mechanical and quartz watches at good values. Just last year, Farer introduced their first automatic chronographs which were the brand’s most complicated and expensive watches yet. This development seemed to indicate the brand’s greater direction, and that is why it is interesting and surprising to see the their newest watch, the Farer Quartz Split-Second Flyback Chronograph.

You know what a chronograph is, and you perhaps even know that the split-second variety (also called rattrapante) features two seconds hands for timing multiple events. A flyback feature means the chronograph can be reset without having to first stop it, which can be useful for timing certain events that repeat, such as laps or holding patterns. The Farer Quartz Split-Second Flyback Chronograph offers functionality generally considered quite complicated and expensive when found in mechanical watches, but with a Swiss quartz movement, these new chronographs are less expensive than Farer’s mechanical watches with much simpler features.

Another benefit of quartz over mechanical chronographs is that they can be thinner, and these should be quite wearable at 39.5mm wide and 11mm thick in steel cases, which are water-resistant to 50m and topped with sapphire crystals. The Farer Quartz Split-Second Flyback Chronograph is offered in two versions, a dark-dialed one called Ainsdale and one with a light dial called Pendine. Both are consistent with the brand’s liberal use of cheerful colors and come with a variety of leather strap options for a price of about $700.

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