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How does the compass function work?

Hello - this is my first post on this forum.

I just bought my first Seiko, the 5 sport SKZ209K1 (I have seen it referred to as the Atlas or Land Shark). Very solid, satisfying watch.

The booklet contains no instructions for using the compass feature. It will have limited utiity here in Manhattan, but maybe I'll end up shipwrecked someday and need to know how to use it.

Using a regular watch, I think you find north by pointing the hour hand to the sun and bisecting the angle to 12 o'clock. (My boy scout days are long forgotten). Is it something like that?
Answer:
Phil, I have a brand new Scub Diver SNM035 Compass watch. Assuming your watch has the same rotating inner bezel as mine I will explain. For northern hemishere:
1. While keeping the dial level, point the hour hand in the direction of the sun.
2. Turn the crown which turns the rotating compass ring to set the "S" to the middle point of the arc between the 12 o'clock marker and the time scale indicated by the hour hand. Now just read your direction.
3. Note: For AM period, set the rotating compass ring to the mid- point of the arc to the LEFT of the 12 o'clock marker. For PM period, set the ring to the mid-point of the arc to the RIGHT of the 12 o'clock marker.

For southern hemisphere, use the compass ring to set the "N" using above directions.

Hope this helps, IF YOUR COMPASS WATCH USES THE SAME FUNCTION AS MINE. GOOD LUCK.

Bill