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quality compass and watch

Discussion in 'Shooting Gear and Storage' started by Byron Quick, Jun 3, 2004.

  1. Byron Quick

    Byron Quick Moderator In Memoriam

    I'm in the market for a quality mechanical compass and a quality mechanical watch.

    Each must have good accuracy and superior durability to shock and rough conditions. Waterproof of course.

    Self winding watch would be preferable as long as it as durable as a wind up. Flat crystal on the watch if possible. I seem to be death on domed crystal.

    Modern makes are okay but I am also willing to search for outstanding examples of days of yore.
  2. TarpleyG

    TarpleyG Well-Known Member

  3. Derek Zeanah

    Derek Zeanah System Administrator Staff Member

    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.
  4. BenW

    BenW Well-Known Member

    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
  5. Derek Zeanah

    Derek Zeanah System Administrator Staff Member

    You know, military lensatic compasses ain't bad at all. I might even have one (tritium dials and what-not) that you can buy. ;)
  6. Byron Quick

    Byron Quick Moderator In Memoriam

    Thanks, guys!
  7. Ohen Cepel

    Ohen Cepel Well-Known Member

    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.
  8. Iain

    Iain Well-Known Member

    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
  9. Soap

    Soap Well-Known Member

    I just use a regular old Silva map compass. For a watch, I have a vintage 40's or 50's Omega Seamaster.
  10. knowledgegreen

    knowledgegreen Active Member

    I love my Hamilton Khaki watch. Its simple and reliable.

    As far as a compass is concerned I would go with a Brunton 8099.
  11. Schuey2002

    Schuey2002 Well-Known Member


    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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