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Compass Watches

These watches tell both time and direction, thanks to built-in analog or digital compasses.

The top compass watches, reviewed and curated by the Trailspace community. The latest review was added on February 16, 2024. Stores' prices and availability are updated daily.

Recent Compass Watch Reviews

rated 1 of 5 stars
Suunto Core

Three Suunto Core watches died on me in rapid succession. I had three Suunto Core watches in 2010. The first one lasted about six months then crashed. I returned it to the store where I had originally bought it and they replaced it with a new one. It lasted about a month then stopped working. I returned it to the same store. They gave me another new one. A few weeks later this third one died. The store took it back but only gave me an in store credit which I used over the following few months. I… Full review

rated 5 of 5 stars
Suunto Core

14 years old and still going! Purchased this watch for a deployment to Afghanistan in 2007 and have been wearing it off and on ever since. This includes 14 years of rough military training.  Customer Service from Suunto was great after I failed to seal the battery cover and caused water damage at year two or so. They replaced the computer for $80 then bezel and bands for free. Yes, it was the same watch based on distinctive marks in the casing.  So hear I am, fourteen years later, just finding… Full review

rated 1 of 5 stars
Suunto Core

Watch is AWFUL. Suunto refused to replace it even though it was UNDER WARRANTY. Terrible company. Go with Garmin, more expensive but you won't have to replace your watch every 6 months. Full review

rated 4 of 5 stars
Casio Pro Trek PRG-300CM

Casio Pro Trek PRG-300CM—For what it costs and the superb durability you get from it, it is a no-brainer for a beginner and casual user. First of all, I am not a professional trail runner nor an avid trekking or hiking goer. Overall I am an outdoor enthusiast and that has from time to time the chance to go to the beach, mountains, or project sites. For all these duties, and more, this watch is more than capable. In a world where the summit is for the SUUNTOs and TISSOT T-Time (in terms of technology… Full review

rated 1.5 of 5 stars
Suunto Core

Second one just quit again after less than 12 months. Not acceptable for the price. Talk about love/hate. When this thing is new and working as it should it was easily my favourite. Unfortunately it just can't go the distance. Cosmetically it will wear out and scratch way faster than you'd expect of an 'adventure/outdoor' watch. That alone I could probably forgive but I'm onto my second watch in under two years now and it's just failed out the exact same way the first one did. While the screen still… Full review

rated 5 of 5 stars
Casio Pathfinder PAG80-1V

Received a PAG 80 as a gift that I've wanted in 2008, it was about $100 at the time. It is a great watch to have with you. But, you must make adjustments to the ALTIMETER and Barometer to get correct Compass direction. The only issue I have after so many years is the band. The little eye broke and the band gets in the way... Full review

rated 4 of 5 stars
Casio PRG270

Solar-powered altimeter, barometer and compass (ABC) watch with temperature sensor, world time, stopwatch, and timer. The Casio PRG270 Suunto and Garmin watches represent the gold standard in hikers’ watches and the Casio PRG270 will inevitably be compared to them. However, it should be kept in mind that the PRG270 is basically an altimeter, barometer and compass (ABC) watch, with the addition of a temperature sensor, world time, stopwatch and timer. It does not have GPS or advanced athletics… Full review

rated 3.5 of 5 stars
Casio Pathfinder PAW1100T-7V

Brilliantly designed and rugged watch with altimeter-barometer-compass functionality. Great for backcountry, fine for EDC. An excellent option for those looking for this feature set. I purchased this Casio Pathfinder watch several years ago after much Internet research. I knew I wanted altimeter-barometer-compass (ABC) capabilities, and I was drawn to the titanium for its durability (okay, and cool looks). Three other features appealed to me as well--a cool light function (more on this later), the… Full review

rated 3 of 5 stars
Timex Expedition WS4

A nice watch that is quite large on the wrist. Does quite well for casual use, but the functions such as altimeter, compass and thermometer are very inaccurate. I got this watch in late 2011 because it was the cheapest altimeter I could find... bad idea. It works great as a casual watch, other than being quite large. I think it looks quite nice, and recieved compliments about it, though more often people ask what in all the contraption on my wrist does! The functions are intuitive and easy to use… Full review

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