Gadgets You Never Knew You Needed: Wrist Watch Compass


You’re lost. You’re in a big city like L.A. and you make a quick stop at the nearest gas station to get directions. The attendant tells you to go west on Wilshire then south on Highway 1 down a way and hook back west to find that Tex-Mex restaurant you want to try out. Question is, which way is west? But before you can ask for further detailed directions, there’s a huge line formed behind you.

Not everyone has a good sense of direction. That’s why tools such as MapQuest are so popular. But what if you’re a naturalist and love to go camping and hiking. You can’t MapQuest a beaten-trail path. If you wander off too far you can get lost rather quickly in a National Park.

I know just the right gadget for you. The Wrist Watch Compass for the naturalist and the directionless. Most of these compass watches are more than just a simple cool watch gadget. Here’s what they can do for you.

  • Clock
  • Altimeter displays current elevation
  • Weather indicator senses drop in air pressure tells you of approaching storm
  • Barometer shows change in conditions
  • Built-in weather indicator
  • Chronograph
  • Alarm
  • Stopwatch
  • Calendar and so much more…

Imagine living in Seattle aware at all times what direction you are heading and knowing if it’s going to rain that day regardless of what the weatherman stated on the news the night before.

I know wearing a watch is old school. Watch sales dropped drastically since the evolution of portable pocket cellphones with built-in clock and calendar. But maybe it’s time to think retro.

There are many wrist watch gadget compasses to consider. One that does it all is the Suunto Core Wrist-Top Computer Watch –a little pricey at $225 but think of the time and trouble it will save you when you’re lost driving around in circles to get to your final destination. With the price of gas, that’s not a luxury we can afford.

Another cool gadget watch at a decent savings is the Highgear AltiTech Computer Watch at $120. This gadget has a digital compass with 16 directional pointers with a leveling bubble for increased accuracy. Now that’s the ticket.

Sure I look up at the sky to see where the sun’s positioned. But what if the sun is high in the sky and I can’t see my own shadow. I’ll ask again, “Which way is west? ” With a gadget like a wrist watch compass I’ll never have to worry about that again.

This is a great gift for the adventurer, naturalist and for people like me, directionless. Once you own and use one of these compass watches with all its uber cool features you’ll ask yourself…

How did I ever live without this?

Let me know what you think about this gadget in the comments!

Charli “Chuck” Gulley is a screenwriter, filmmaker and freelance writer who lives in Southern California. Quite the tomboy as she enjoys Rugby, Fencing and touch football. She’s an alumnus of the prestigious screenwriter’s workshop, “Writers Bootcamp.” Her passion is Hollywood, anything and everything to do with filmmaking. If you don’t find her on set, you can find her at the arcade playing air hockey and eating pizza.

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