Help Finding A Watch Strap Compass

Watch Strap Compass Fail!

My friends over at ITSTactical recently published a blog post about their search for a high quality watch strap compass to replace the now discontinued Sunnto Clipper. A quick Google search turned up a bunch of alternatives, many of which the readers at ITSTactical have already pointed out via the comments there.

As this is something I’d like to be able to find also I thought I’d open this up to all of you to see if you knew of anywhere that still stocks and sells the Suunto Clipper compass or whether or not you know of a high quality alternative watch compass?

Basically what we’re looking for is a reliable button compass that won’t pop out of the plastic holder in a few days, won’t easily get demagnetized, and which can be secured to a watch band like a G-Shock or 20mm width strap.

If you have any suggestion please post a link in the comments below or over on the original ITSTactical post – either way is cool with me. Thanks in advance for your help!

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  • Litekayaker

    Have you checked Silva carabiner series?
    http://silva.se/product-family/carabiner-series

  • Litekayaker

    Have you checked Silva carabiner series?
    http://silva.se/product-family/carabiner-series

  • John

    Check these out, I’m a big fan of County Comm, all the gear I have bought from them has been top notch.
    http://countycomm.com/navcomp.html

  • John

    Check these out, I’m a big fan of County Comm, all the gear I have bought from them has been top notch.
    http://countycomm.com/navcomp.html

  • James Martin

    What exactly is the purpose of a watch compass? Never truly seen the need.

    • James Martin

      Nevermind, I saw your comment on ITST, Brian.

  • James Martin

    What exactly is the purpose of a watch compass? Never truly seen the need.

  • James Martin

    Nevermind, I saw your comment on ITST, Brian.

  • IJ

    I’ve heard that the Recta Clipper is comparable or identical to some versions of the Suunto Clipper:
    http://www.recta.ch/en/clipper

    • http://www.briangreen.net Brian Green

      Nice find! Those certainly look similar, but I have no hands on experience with them. Do you have any of these or does anyone else? Can anyone vouch for their quality? Thanks for sharing BTW.

      • IJ

        I’m afraid I can’t vouch for their quality first-hand, as my Suunto Clipper hasn’t needed replacement yet. However, it appears that Suunto has owned Recta since 1996, and all Recta compasses are now manufactured at the Suunto factory in Finland (
        http://www.recta.ch/en/about-us ). The Suunto Wikipedia entry (
        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Suunto ) further suggests that the Suunto Clipper and Recta Clipper are one and the same: “Suunto also produces the Recta line of compasses, including the new DT baseplate series based on Suunto designs, the DS series of mirror sighting compasses, the Recta Clipper and Comet micro compasses ….”, and there appears to be a favourable hands-on review here: http://www.longwalking.com/gear-compass/

        Hope this helps!

  • IJ

    I’ve heard that the Recta Clipper is comparable or identical to some versions of the Suunto Clipper:
    http://www.recta.ch/en/clipper

  • http://www.briangreen.net/ Brian Green

    Nice find! Those certainly look similar, but I have no hands on experience with them. Do you have any of these or does anyone else? Can anyone vouch for their quality? Thanks for sharing BTW.

  • IJ

    I’m afraid I can’t vouch for their quality first-hand, as my Suunto Clipper hasn’t needed replacement yet. However, it appears that Suunto has owned Recta since 1996, and all Recta compasses are now manufactured at the Suunto factory in Finland (
    http://www.recta.ch/en/about-us ). The Suunto Wikipedia entry (
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Suunto ) further suggests that the Suunto Clipper and Recta Clipper are one and the same: “Suunto also produces the Recta line of compasses, including the new DT baseplate series based on Suunto designs, the DS series of mirror sighting compasses, the Recta Clipper and Comet micro compasses ….”, and there appears to be a favourable hands-on review here: http://www.longwalking.com/gear-compass/

    Hope this helps!

  • Ryan

    Not watch strap, but like the Sunto M-9

    http://www.navelite.com/

  • Homer

    I bought a Tru Spec generic strap compass for 2.95 ( I admit the price was a motivator). Now, after 6 months thru mangroves, desert beaches, thorny bush and rocky ledges with not a single hiccup in it, I don’t know if I found the platinum jack of all trades in wrist orientation or an exception of the rule. By the way, it is true set and accurate, show no sign of demagnetizing, I just added some clear vinil to protect it from scratches and the “just in case” nail glue drops where the button joins the rubber holder, and that’s it pals.

  • Peter Keefe

    I found the same thing on eBay (China) and it came with a similar style thermometer as well. It arrived and looks great, but unfortunately smells like it was dunked in gasoline. For about a buck, it could be worth the risk. http://pages.ebay.com/link/?nav=item.view&id=270714793421

  • Ed Marrone

    I just got 4 from a firm TYPE III that look well made and inexpensive. A field test coming up soon

    • DirtyCurty

      The point of having a watch compass is very important.If you keep an eye on the watch compass accuracy; you can use the watch compass to check the accuracy, of a regular compass you may not be trusting. i.e de-magnetised, dropped, blunt force. So an accurate second compass. Redundancy is key when shit hits the fan.