How to Use a Watch as a Compass
I’ve noticed that not everyone wears a watch these days, so some people may think this article is kind of silly… right?
Why I would need to know how to get directions with a watch when you can just open your compass app in your phone? Well…
A- Ever had your phone never ran out of battery? Exactly.
B- Knowledge is an invaluable asset.
Also, always having a backup plan is the smart thing to do, no matter what. So, here’s how you do it:
1- Locate the sun in the sky, even if it’s cloudy there is always an area that the light makes the clouds brighter, doesn’t need to be millimetrically precise (unless you really need it).
2- Place your watch horizontally in front of you, whatever height you feel confortable reading the time.
3- Point the 12 o’clock marker directly to the sun (while your watch is still horizontal).
4- While the 12 o’clock marker is pointing at the sun, pick the middle point between the 12 o’clock marker and the hours hand on you watch.
5- The point between the marker and the hours hand is pointing South.
6- The opposite direction is North.
7- If you have a fair idea of where you are (or even better, you have a map!), then you can find your way back to safety.
8- Get back to civilization to charge your phone.
This is how you avoid a really bad time being lost in the woods, forest, desert, ocean, between dimensions or in the babies section at the super market. Boom! now you have a survival skill under your sleeve, useful to find directions outdoors when you really need it, or just to save some charge on your device.
Who’s the old fashioned guy now for wearing a watch, uh?
Note: this method works for the north hemisphere, for the southern it’s a little more complicated than that, but I’ll write another post addressing this topic.