As for compasses--there are hundreds of options. Just depends on what you want. I like Silva Rangers personally.
June 9, 2004, 11:19 AM
Look for a sapphire crystal on the face -- hardness of 9.
I ended up buying a Hamilton Khaki Chronograph; have also owned an Ollech and Wajs and a Oris that were high quality.
June 9, 2004, 11:22 AM
On the compass, really almost any of the name brand orienteering compasses are good quality and serviceable. If you're looking for a marching compass, the Cammenga is the way to go. If you're looking for the Rolex of compasses, you probably want to look at a pocket transit such as: http://store.yahoo.com/egeology/transit.html
June 9, 2004, 11:46 AM
You know, military lensatic compasses ain't bad at all. I might even have one (tritium dials and what-not) that you can buy. ;)
June 9, 2004, 04:48 PM
June 9, 2004, 05:13 PM
I second the Oris watch, great quality for the money.
Compass- I like the Silva wrist one very well. Not extremely accurate, however, it has met my needs, keeps me hands free and I never was without it when I needed it. Also, great at night in the bush since my hands were still free to keep the brush out of my face.
June 9, 2004, 08:04 PM
Limes, Aristo (have one of these) Ollech and Wajs, there are loads of others but these I recall from my hunt about a year ago.
I love military watches. My Aristo is titanium cased with a ETA 2824-2 movement and a flat sapphire crystal. Probably cost me less than 200 US.
Here it is:
Some Ollech and Wajs here (http://www.chronomaster.co.uk/ollech_&_wajs_wristwatches.htm)
June 9, 2004, 10:44 PM
I just use a regular old Silva map compass. For a watch, I have a vintage 40's or 50's Omega Seamaster.
June 12, 2004, 01:14 AM
I love my Hamilton Khaki watch. Its simple and reliable.
As far as a compass is concerned I would go with a Brunton 8099.
June 12, 2004, 02:02 AM
I have this ^^ one. It's a good accurate military issue mechanical. It's a little on the small side, though.. Also, you can save a little money by looking on Ebay. The price on this link lists it for $90, I picked mine up for $52 NIB on da' Bay..;)
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