All around us in nature, there are signs that can show us the cardinal directions.
The sun rises in the east and sets in the west, after all. Moss, at least we were told as kids, only grows on the north side of trees and rocks. Watches used to just tell the time.
Now, technology allows all the bells and whistles packed into watches like songs, app notifications, step counters and more. A simple upgrade to the average watch, a compass can be extremely useful and come in handy for those loving the outdoors.
Sure, a phone or actual compass can do the trick if all you’re trying to do is navigate your way out of a forest or hiking trail, but phones die and a compass is just one more thing to carry when the same action can be performed on one’s wrist.
Suunto’s Core all-black military watch includes smartwatch technology that shows your current elevation, a digital compass, thermostat, barometer and weather trend indicator.
Essentially, anything Mother Nature throws at you this watch will have a way of tracking it.
An intelligent Storm Alarm triggers a sound and flashes when there is a sudden drop in air pressure, potentially useful for avoiding unpleasant situations.
Casio’s G-Shock GA-1000-8A Aviation Series Men’s Luxury Watch weights 11.68 ounces and is packed with all the bells and whistles.
This watch comes with an analog black dial and bright, yellow numbering. This watch comes with a thermometer, compass and a calendar. It’s also water-resistant up to 200 meters.
Lastly, a watch that serves a purpose behind recreationally needing to find your way back to your car.
The Dalil Monte Carlo is a rare watch with a distinctive 1970s vibe to it and was produced for devout Muslims needing to pray five times a day in the direction of Mecca.
The name of the watch actually comes from the Arabic name for guide or reference.
This watch combined a compass in its design to easily show wearers in which direction to pray.
The outside ring around the dial features different city names from around the world written in Arabic, English or French while an inner ring has Arabic phrases from the Quran.