Anyone who loves the outdoors and wants to take their experience up a notch should consider getting a compass watch. They offer so many different functions that are useful in the outdoors. In addition to acting as a compass, they can also tell you everything from weather forecasts to current altitude. We researched some of the best products available and put together this guide to help you find the best compass watch for you. First, here are some features to keep in mind.
Waterproof: You’ll notice that not a lot of these watches are technically waterproof. Really, all that means is that you can’t go swimming in them or submerge them. They’re all water resistant and will be fine on a rainy day.
Case Diameter: If you like big watches, you’re in luck. Because these watches provide so many different functions, most of them have multiple dials. So, that means they have large displays. How large? They range from 45 to 58mm.
Functions: Obviously, these watches all tell time and have a compass function. There are a lot of other things they can do, too. Weather forecasts, alarms, timers, as well as altitude, temperature, and pressure measurement and recording.
Type: There are only 2 kinds of watches, analog and digital. We found some great options that are both digital and analog. And, get this, there are some that have both digital and analog functions, the best of both worlds.
Strap Material: There are a few different strap options with these watches. You’ll find leather, resin, polyurethane, silicone, and plastic and the material matches the rest of the watch. The main thing is that you choose one that’s both comfortable and durable.
Gender: Most of these are technically men’s watches, though some are unisex. If you’re a lady, you can wear any of these watches. Just keep in mind that they’re all pretty big and choose the one that fits you the best.
Now that you know what to look for, let’s take a look at our top picks. Here’s the deal, we put our top and budget picks at the top of the list. That way, if you’re in a hurry, you can get a good idea of the range that’s available. Stick around until the end if you can, whether you’re looking for an analog or digital compass watch, you’ll find a lot of great options here. Let’s go!