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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on August 2, 2012
This is a comfortable, nice-looking, and functional watch. The strap is a little stiff when brand new but softens right up. I was a little worried about the brightness of the Indiglo and the accuracy of the compass from some of the reviews of some of Timex's other IQ and Expedition watches, but I can now confidently put those fears to rest. It lights up just fine, and the compass is right on. It's consistently within 3 degrees of my Cammenga, which is pretty remarkable for a wristwatch compass. It's also consistantly 3 degrees to the RIGHT of my Cammenga, so knowing that, I can simply subtract 3 degrees from my magnetic declination adjustment and it puts the measurement right on. (You can also program a magnetic declination offset into the compass itself, but it will cause the fourth hand to remain offset by that much even when the compass feature is inactive, so I prefer to just make the adjustment in my head) Make sure to calibrate it according to the manual, and when using it (and during calibration) it must remain perfectly flat and away from any metallic object or its accuracy will degrade rapidly. To be fair, no wristwatch compass should be relied upon for wilderness navigation. It lacks a sighting mechanism and the steel case and watch movements will always make it less accurate than a dedicated nav compass...but this is one hell of a backup...and it tells me when lunchtime is :D
EDIT: I uploaded some pictures of a technique I discovered for turning the watchband into a rudimentary sighting mechanism. It's still not the same as a dedicated compass, but it is shockingly accurate. I've found a few geocaches this way.