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Farer Segrave Chronograph Watch Review

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I believe that a major part of watch collecting is connecting with those that have gone before us. Either through wearing the watch that they did or by thematically connecting a watch to something that they achieved. This is done most notably by Omega with their moon watch, but this narrative is not unusual in the watch community. Farer, I believe, does a good job of creating a story around each of their watch releases and designing a watch that makes you believe it. This is true about the Farer Segrave, named after Henry Segrave, a British speed trial pioneer.

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Segrave set both the land and water speed records and was the first person to hold both simultaneously. Now, it is highly unlikely that many of us will go on to, or ever aspire to, jump behind the wheel of an experimental car and watch the speedometer tick above 200mph on our way to setting our own record (a record which at the time of this writing sits at 763mph, set in 1997 by Andy Green of the RAF piloting the jet-powered Thrust SSC); however we can at least imbue a bit of our lives with some of that narrative… or at least try to.

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Introduction to Farer Watches

Farer, if you’ve never heard of it, is a UK-based independent watch brand. They first caught my eye with some of their GMT watches, specifically the Lander, but have consistently released well done if not quirky designs since. All of their watches have ties to a classic adventurer in one form or another. The Segrave’s sibling chronographs are both named after fellow land speed record setters Ernest Eldridge and John Cobb. It’s open to debate whether or not the “applied narrative” is needed for watches like these, but I’ll let that be a personal decision. Anyway, let’s get on with the review.

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Farer Segrave Case

The Segrave’s case presents some really interesting flourishes that I don’t see often. The case has contrasting brushed and polished elements, but the case sides have cut-ins that are, as Farer puts it, “micro-blasted” to add a subtle, matted, pearlescent quality to them. This takes what would otherwise be a fairly slab-sided 13mm thick case, and creates a lot of interest where those slabs would otherwise be. The raised edges on the sides are polished, providing a stark contrast from the micro-blasted indents.

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Farer Segrave Chronograph Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

The bezel and tops of the lugs are nicely brushed, and the complimenting bevels are polished. Again, this is an interesting case that punches way above its price point. Flipping the watch over you’re treated to a screwed down display back featuring a nicely decorated movement and Farer’s signature bronze “turbine” crown (more on this later). The caseback itself is polished with the serial (also the unique watch #) and particulars printed around the sapphire window. One last thing I want to point out is Farer’s bronze crown. This particular feature seems to get very mixed reception among the folks I’ve shown the watch too. I like it. I like the idea that it will patina with time and be, if even slightly, unique to you.

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Farer Segrave Dial

The Segrave’s dial is what separates it from Farer’s other chronograph offerings. Farer currently offers three watches with the same specifications, but different design elements. The Cobb, named after British racing motorist James Cobb, the Eldridge named after land speed record setter Ernest Eldridge, and the Segrave here. All three models are bi-compax dials with the date window set at six o’clock. The Segrave in particular features a matte black dial, and two silver recessed subdials. Following the simple white painted minute track are polished pairs of applied indices with stripes of lume separating them. Printed on the chapter ring in blue you can see the tachymeter.

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The stars of the show, however, are the handsets. Farer did a great job in first choosing the colors they were going to use and then with the application of those colors. The hands look almost as if they are coated in a candy shell. The paint is highly reflective and lustrous in particular on the Chronograph seconds hand and the two sub-dial hand tips. Finally, the hour and minute hands are in polished steel with large plots of the craziest neon lime green lume. That being said the actual lume brightness is lackluster at best with the hands glowing green and the indices glowing what I can only call a “pale grey.”

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Farer Segrave Movement

Farer has chosen to use the ETA 2894-2 “Elaboré” grade chronograph movement. This movement ticks away at 4Hz, has a 42-hour power reserve, offers a date at 6 o’clock, and 30-minute counter subdial as well as a ticking seconds subdial. For those who aren’t familiar with the 2894, it is not Valjoux based, but a “modular” chronograph based around ETA’s thinner 2892.

Farer chose to go the extra mile on their chronograph line and included a beautifully decorated movement with some classy engine turning and blued screws. The star of the show, however, is Farer’s bronze “turbine” style bespoke rotor, which matches the crown well (pre-patina) and gives the display back a nice pop of color when you look at it.

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Farer Segrave Strap

The strap included with the Segrave is a black leather strap featuring a signed buckle. All of the Farer straps that I have encountered are “quick release,” meaning that they have the visible tabs to remove the spring bars. The straps themselves are adequate if unremarkable. They arrive fairly stiff but quickly break in with some normal wear. The buckle is a nice touch with a large 3D Farer logo and brushed surfaces to match the case.

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Final Thoughts

When it’s all said and done, the Farer Segrave is something to consider if you’re in the market for a chronograph, especially in the independent watch brand space. The amount of progress independent designers have made in the last couple of years is remarkable and I count Farer among that collection. This is to say, it continues to make our decision process tougher when thinking about the next piece to pick up.

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When I began to brainstorm competitive options I started finding myself thinking of watches that were at least $600 more. The Longines Avigation Big Eye would be a great competitor to the Segrave, however, it’s priced at $2,626. Oak and Oscar recently released their Jackson Flyback Chronograph at $2,850. The Hamilton Intra Matic 68 is also a great piece to consider. Priced at $2,195 it comes in just over the Farer offerings but is somewhat plain by comparison.

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What this illustrates to me is that the Segrave and its peers offer you a lot of functionality, for not a lot of money. If I could change anything I’d want the lume to be a little more geared towards use instead of aesthetic, but that’s really it. Farer executed some really intricate casework and design elements on these pieces that really make them stand out from the crowd in a landscape of vintage-inspired chronographs. The Farer Segrave is available for $1,950. For more information see farer.com.

Necessary Data
>Brand: Farer
>Model: Segrave
>Price: $1,950
>Size: 39mm
>Would reviewer personally wear it: Yes.
>Friend we’d recommend it to first: Anyone that’s looking for a chronograph in the sub-$2,500 range.
>Best characteristic of watch: Attention to detail on the case finishing.
>Worst characteristic of watch: I would personally have preferred a non-modular movement.

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  • H.S.M.

    Man, this is a nice looking watch! Can’t give a small rodent’s bottom about the names and the racers behind it though.
    The case, the colours, the hands, the decorated movement.
    Everything fits nicely. Well done Farer!

    Even their website is good and has interactive parts with attention to detail.

    I know who’s going on the top of my list.

  • Beefalope

    This company is putting out some really sharp stuff at a sensible price.

  • Independent_George

    I like what they have done with the case. I am split about the crown. Part of me wants to like it, because I am one of those fools who says “Ooooo look, a bronze watch!” But is also looks out of place, like they ran out of crowns and someone said “We’re out of the stainless steel crowns, but I found in a drawer a number of bronze crowns that will fit!”

    I like the look of bi-compass chrono’s with the date at the bottom because it’s a very balanced look. But as a tool, it’s limited, because it times in 30 minute increments. Like Ariel, I use my chrono to time parking meters, especially whenever I am in Santa Monica or Pasadena, because the parking cops there are magical, and appear from thin air the split-second the meter times out. Since the average meter allows 2 hours of time, I kind of need more than a 30-minute timer.

    Not taken in with the color of the hands, it’s it’s too millennial for my tastes. But then I am middle-aged fart, and I prefer “gentlemen’s” styles, the CFB Manero Flyback. But I can see a lot of people digging it, and it’s a very good looking watch.

    The Brits do like to create “stories” to sell watches. It’s worked for Bremont, and it seems to work for Farer. I find these “stories” complete rubbish, but apparently the Anglophile watch-enthusiast market does not.

    Only an unfortunate sap who lives out in the boonies with only one AD and no competition within a 100 mile radius is going to pay full MSRP for a Longines or a Hamilton. At my AD last week, the Longines Big Eye was offered to me at $1,980 and the exact same Hamilton as shown above at $1,613, the usual 20-25% AD discount for the mid-tier Swatch brands. Farer only sells online, so the $1,950.00, while a fair price, is not exactly a “great” deal.

  • SuperStrapper

    Would wear/10

    I’m a fan of how this brand utilises colour without making the watches end up looking like a box of crayons.
    Immediately upon seeing I knew the lume nerds wouldn’t be happy (I’m kinda one sometimes too) but this isnt the kind of watch I would be so lume concerned about (although it is kinda crappy to have the lume called out so specifically and then not get a lot g exposure like shot to back it up).

    The bronze crown remains a great signature and and interesting element to all of their watches, although I may prefer to conical shaped one they’ve previously employed.

  • sampson89

    I’ve seen this watch in the flesh and it’s great looking overall but i have to say its pretty thick and clunky. wasn’t comfortable on my normal mens size wrist. the dial looks great thats for sure but i don’t rate it on the wrist and the 2894-2E is tbh about 25% over-priced on this watch. don’t feel it offers as good a bang for your buck as their quartz option does. apparently one of the designers worked for a brand called Shore Projects in England (UK) but being from NYC i’d never heard of them!

  • sampson89

    crown is shocking in real life. one of the main facets that put me off buying it.

  • sampson89

    that stratton watch is not great. farer is better than this for sure.

    • Gokart Mozart

      Personally I would beg and steal the extra 500 or whatever for the Bigeye.

      This is pretty good though and a great size.

    • perhaps but it’s 800 more and with a modular chronograph vs. a 7750…i’m talking mostly value as style is subjective

      • sampson89

        fair enough

  • Yeah, the relative thinness comes from using a 2894 (6.10 mm) instead of a 7750 (7.90 mm) but the pushers are on a plane higher than the crown (a fact that this watches disguises well enough). And the hand fitting (pinion heights) are also lower (1.80 mm for the 2894 vice 2.39 mm for the 7750) for a total height savings of 2.39 mm over a 7750.

    • Gokart Mozart

      Apparently the 2894 is supposed to be a pig to service. For this reason I would probably look for a 7750.

      • The 2894 has a top (dial side) “module” (not strictly true but close enough) as opposed to being a movement which was designed from the ground up to be a chronograph. This is why there is nothing related to the chronograph to see via an exhibition back with a 2894. And the chrono module is pretty well closed off, so that probably accounts for what you’ve heard about servicing.

  • The 70s called and they want their watch back, ha ha.

  • Independent_George

    I hear you on the space between the dial and the glass. You would think that it would be easy, but since Farer doesn’t make their own cases, perhaps it an issue of the cases they can obtain and the prices they can charge versus the watch they want to make? I don’t know enough about the economics of watch manufacturing, but the dial to glass space ratio is a complaint I have read about regarding other microbrands. And a lot of non-microbrands as well.

  • SMB

    Thanks for the review.I had been wondering what these watches were like after seeing them on the Farer website. I also liked the section on comparison watches. The Oak and Oscar chronograph is interesting. Another alternative bicompax chronograph is the Sinn 936.

  • SuperStrapper

    Why would he be speaking for anyone other than himself?

  • Mikita

    Honestly – I like this Panda chrono even more than the recent Breitling.

  • Ulysses31

    The level of design on offer here is quite impressive, with plenty of distinctive and interesting touches. You could pay a lot more and get a lot less from another brand. I’d wear it, but i’d prefer dark sub-dials.