Our Top Picks: Watches with temperature and compass
Hi, folks this is John and i am Amanda's husband and writing this post on invitation of my wife who is the owner of this blog. Being an old time collector of watches, i had many quarrels with Amanda, whenever i purchased a new wrist watch. In this post i will emphasis on only those watches have two of the most important features i.e. temperature and compass. Thanks for liking my previous post which was also related to alarm clocks with multiple alarms and i hope you will like this one as well.
Before taking my reader to list i have few words to say about watches. With the invention of mobile phones many people think that wrist watches are now useless. But in my point of view that if you really want to be a habitual person who does every thing at its own time, a watch is mandatory. Not only that teaches us the importance of time but also watches are great gifts for every one you love. Even if it is a Christmas, birthday party or a marriage ceremony, a good watch is a cherished gift.
Thinks to consider when using compass and Temperature measurement
Which ever watch you chose to buy you should keep in mind that when you are measuring direction near a strong magnetic field, the readings may become false. So you should avoid the following objects when using compass.
- Permanent magnets (magnetic necklaces, etc., metal blocks (iron doors, metal lockers, etc.)
- High voltage wires
- Home appliances (TV, PC, washing machines, refrigerators, etc.)
- When in the train, ship or plane, etc. the direction value can not be measured correctly.
- The direction values cannot be correctly measured indoors, especially in buildings with many metals. This is because the metal structures in such buildings absorb magnetic force from electrical appliances, etc.
- When measuring the temperature, it is best to remove the watch from the wrist to reduce the effect of body temperature, direct sunlight, and moisture on the measurement.
- When measuring the height, it is best to wear the watch on the wrist , because it can keep the temperature of the watch stable and improve the precision of height measurement.
1) Casio SGW100
This is one of my favorite Casio watch with features of compass and temperature. Other than that other noticeable feature is that it has auto calendar feature until the year 2099. It has both 12 and 24 hrs format and whenever you press any button it gives a sound. However you can always turn off that button press sound. The watch has world time, stopwatch alarm, and other basic timekeeping functions. The built-in sensors of this watch measure direction and temperature. Measured values are then shown on the display. Such features make this watch useful when hiking, mountain climbing, or when engaging in other such outdoor activities. Direction readings and time are indicated by large, easy-to-read figures. When engaging in mountain climbing or other activities in which losing your way can create a dangerous or life-threatening situation, always be sure to use a second compass to confirm direction readings.
The temperature is displayed in units of 0.1°C (or 0.2°F). The display range of the thermometer screen is –10.0°C to 60.0°C (or 14.0°F to 140.0°F). The temperature display will show xxx if a temperature reading is outside the allowable range. Temperature measurements are affected by your body temperature (while you are wearing the watch), direct sunlight, and moisture. To achieve a more accurate temperature measurement, remove the watch from your wrist.
The watch takes digital compass readings automatically whenever you enter the Digital Compass/Thermometer Mode.
Detailed Specification and instructions can be read via PDF operation guide file by clicking here.
2) Casio SGW-100-2BCF
The second watch I have chosen for my blog reader is shown above and it is also awarded Amazon Choice because of highly positive reviews. The right one model is called Casio SGW100B-3V and its a sports watch model. All the features of this watch are same as the above mentioned model however shape and color scheme is a bit different. It has 45 mm stainless steel case with mineral dial window which is scratch and impact-resistant glass. Another great feature is that this watch has multiple alarms. You can set 5 alarms at the same time. Both this model and above one is water resistant up-to 200M/100M. This means that if you are a professional swimmer or diver you can use this watch surely. It has both the temperature and direction finding features which work accurately in all outdoor conditions.
3) SUUNTO Core
Suunto Core brings together an altimeter, barometer and an electronic compass in one package. It also has clock, stopwatch and calendar functions. Suunto Core gives you readings on time, barometric pressure and altitude. Additional information is given for every reading so that you can make the most of your favorite outdoor activities. Suunto Core has three modes: TIME, ALTI & BARO and COMPASS.
In UNITS you can change the the measurement units, as per your convenience including:
- TIME : 24h to 12h
- DATE: dd.mm to mm.dd
- TEMPERATURE : From °C to °F (Celsius to Fahrenheit)
- AIR PRESSURE: hPa (hectopascal) to inHg (mercury)
- ALTITUDE: From meters to feet
If you are a deep sleeper than you would be glad to know that Suunto Core has snooze feature and it allows you to snooze up to 12 times.
As a camping and traveling expert. the feature that would attract you the most is the weather Trend graph and storm alarm along with preset sunrise/sunset times for over 400 locations. This will help you stay safe and plan your activities ahead of the time. Suunto Core constantly measures absolute air pressure. Based on this measurement and reference values, it calculates altitude or sea level air pressure. The COMPASS mode allows you to orient yourself in relation to magnetic North. The operation manual of this watch can be downloaded here.
4) SKMEI 1358
SKMEI Watch Co., Ltd was established in 2010 in Mainland China. Now the SKMEI watches are hugely imported in United States and due to cheaper prices and competitive quality they have captured a huge US market. The reading of the compass are accurate and can be seen in the video below.
This watch is equipped with a magnetic directional sensor to detect geomagnetism.It means that the north as shown in this watch is the magnetic arctic, which is slightly different from the true arctic. Please note that it is not a Bluetooth watch and cannot connect with your phone. It includes sports related features like stopwatch, countdown, pedometer, dual time. Pedometer and Pace can track your moving steps and speed, help you know exercise condition.
The weather forecast is automatically detected every hour for 2s. If you are interested in wrist watch with dual time zones and two alarms at the same time then this is the best option. With compass function and dual time, you can us e it to point the accurate direction , and help you get prepared for outdoor adventures.
5) SKMEI 1336
Its a lightweight watch for an outdoor enthusiast with features like compass, pedometer, calories and distance, dual-time zone, stopwatch, alarm, sedentary reminder, countdown, waterproof and calendar. Compass can be calibrated to improve the accuracy when not being used for some time.
During the pedometer mode, the current steps are shown as well as the percent completion of goal steps. With the pedometer begins, calorie consumption can be viewed in the calorie mode and covered distance be viewed in the distance mode.
The display will not always on, it is a special design for the battery to have a longer life. The display will show for 10 secs and you should punch a button to see it again.
Digital compass function can locate and regulate location by color graphic, point the direction for you anytime, anywhere, and you will not get lost.
Although this watch is waterproof up to 50 Meters,but it is not suitable for long time underwater activities such as diving.
6) EZON H011 (Hiking Series)
- This is a multi-functional hiking watch which combines time, calendar, alarm, and also with altimeter, barometer, thermometer and electronic compass functions etc.
- While using the compass function please keep the watch in horizontal position. Also whenever you change the battery you have to calibrate the compass again.
- This hiking watch is with 5ATM waterproof, it is no problems to wear our watch while washing hands, having shower with cold water, swimming, but no diving or sauna, and so on.
- Our watch contains 50 years(2010-2059) automatic calendar. The week will calibrate automatically since the year, month and date have been setting correctly.
- Alarm functions: If you turn on the alarm, there will be a chime last for 20 seconds when reaching the alarm time.
- EL back light designed, more easy to check the time at the night or where the light is not strong
Main Functions of the watch are as following:
- EL Backlight —— Large number on dial and with EL Backlight, easy to read, suitable for viewing in dark environment.
- Multiple alarms
- Hourly Chime
- World Time of 48 Cities
7) G-Shock G9300 Solar Mudman
One of my personal favorite is none other than famous G-Shock watch from CASIO. The face of the watch is a solar cell that generates power from light. The generated power charges a built-in rechargeable battery, which powers watch operations. The watch charges whenever it is exposed to light. Approximate battery operating time is 8 months. This watch features a built-in magnetic bearing sensor that detects terrestrial magnetism. This means that north indicated by this watch is magnetic north, which is somewhat different from true polar north. The magnetic north pole is located in northern Canada, while the magnetic south pole is in southern Australia. It features a declination function that makes it possible to adjust the watch's magnetic north direction reading to indicate true north.
This watch uses a temperature sensor to take temperature readings. The display range of temperature is from -10 to 60 C (14 to 140 F). You can select either Celsius (°C) or Fahrenheit (°F) for the displayed temperature value.
In the Moon Data Mode, you can see the current date’s Moon phase for your Home City. You can specify a date and view Moon data for that date.
he watch also supports multiple alarms. You can set four one-time alarms and one snooze alarm. When an alarm is turned on, the watch will beep for about 10 seconds each day.
This watch also has an interesting torch like feature. Turning on the auto light switch causes illumination to turn on and it turns off after the preset duration.To see all detailed features please read the manual here.