Steps To Take To Use Your Watch As A Compass
- Place your watch to where your hour hand is pointing towards the sun
- There will be an angle between the hour hand and 12 o’clock,mentally split that angle in half
- North will be the furthest point away from the sun
- Fill in rest of coordinates using the north and south marks you just created
Example: If your hour hand is on the 2 o’clock mark and you make an angle from 2 o’clock to 12 o’clock, north will be at 7 o’clock.
Well what if its exactly 12 o’clock you say? Still point the hour hand towards the sun, the sun will be due south around that time. If it is exactly 6 o’clock the sun will always set in the west, you can use that information to navigate, or you can wait a little while for the hand to move and continue with this method explained.
Tips & Advice For For Using Your Watch as a Compass
Hmm, so you want to learn how to use your watch as a compass. Just trying to check the time right? In all seriousness using your watch as a compass will ensure you wont accidentally leave your compass when at a rest stop, because it will always be available on your wrist.
First you will need to know which kind of watch works best for using it as an compass. You will need an analog watch. A digital watch just wont do. Hopefully you are reading this before you have become lost, and only have a digital watch available. If not, I am sorry this will not help you. However, if you do have an phone you can view the time using your analog clock on your phone. If you are reading this ahead of time and are thinking of ways to be prepared and are wondering how to use your watch as a compass before you actually get lost, I recommend using an analog solar watch, or making sure you have a fresh battery. You don’t want your watch to go dead right when you need it the most. The technique that is about to be explained will not work if you are in the tropics, that would be considered near the equator, you will need to find another way.
Countries In The Northern Hemisphere
- United States
- All Countries in Europe
Other countries include
- and Geogia
If you are located in the southern hemisphere, you might want to try using the celestial navigation method.
If you are located in the southern hemisphere, north will be furthest away from the sun. Place the 12 o’clock mark towards the sun. The mid point between the hour hand and the 12 o’clock mark is your north south line. Now you know how to use your analog watch as a compass. Good luck and safe travels!