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If you own a watch with a compass ring and were wondering how to use it for telling directions, here is a wonderful illustrated article from the fine folks at Watch Crazy which should show you exactly how to do it:


Thanks to fellow member Dialed In for the recommendation.

Also attached, please find a PDF copy of the user manual for the Seiko MapMeter, which also includes a section on how to use a compass bezel. I extracted those pages and combined them into the following image (the Seiko instructions are not exactly the clearest so I would go with the ones linked above):

Lastly, don't forget that any analog watch can be used as a rudimentary compass. here are instructions on how to do that from the fine folks at said:

In the era of GPS devices and mobile phones it is reasonable to assume that you don't need to carry a compass around in your pocket. However if you do lose your bearings there is a very simple way to use the time as a compass described below.

STEP 1: Adjust for daylight savings time

If the time zone that you are in is currently on daylight savings time you must adjust this to standard time. Daylight savings time in the summer half of the year is always an hour ahead so you must take off an hour.

So for example, if you are in the USA in July your clock has been put forward (Spring forward) so you must take off an hour to get standard time. In winter months you need not adjust the clock.

STEP 2: Get the clock face

If you are using a digital clock or watch to assertain the current time, draw an analogue clock on a piece of paper (or something that you can move around) which shows a clock face telling your standard time (the time that you may have adjusted in Step 1 above).

STEP 3: Align the clock with the sun

Point the hour hand towards the sun. If it is overcast you can often get the sun's direction from shadows (it is in the opposite direction to the sun's shadow).

STEP 4: Find North and South

Take a line between the standard hour (which you have lined up to the sun) and the 12 o'clock position on the clock face.

This line is now pointing South if you are in the Northern Hemisphere, North if you are in the Southern Hemisphere.
Don't forget any directions you get from a compass bezel will be at best approximate and are only good for sight to sight dead reckoning.

Enjoy the read.


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