COMPASS, MAGNETIC, UNMOUNTED: WRIST
S.E.R.E. Compass (Compass, Magnetic, Unmounted)
These compact compasses are usually seen in Aircrew Survival Kits and seldom seen by the public. This production run was delivered last month and we were fortunate enough to get some of the extras.
- Overall Height: 0.213 inches nominal
- Overall Diameter: 0.75 inches nominal
- Case Material: Machined Brass
- Crystal Type: Acrylic
- Instrument Type: DRY (will not freeze or develop bubbles)
- Diameter: 0.750 inches nominal
- Inscription: Degrees
- Graduation Range: +0.0/+360.0
- Smallest Increment: 22.5 degrees
Special Features : Din sealed brass case; threaded with 45 lb braided nylon fish line;
compass card has prominent luminious paint markings.
Limited Introduction From Surplus
This compass makes an outstanding addition to any survival bracelet, landyard-type or otherwise. Weaving the nano-cord into braided lanyard is a snap and it gives the end result a much needed accessory - orientation!
It's the same diameter as a US penny, less than 1/4" thick, comes mounted on a 14.5" long loop lanyard so it fits easily over my 7 3/8 size head. It doesn't contain any fluid to leak or bubble. It will keep you oriented in dire circumstances because it's small and rugged enough to always be on your person. The luminous dial photo-charges in a few seconds of light from my Fenix E12 flashlight (also always in my pocket). Even if you normally carry a more elaborate compass afield, this is an excellent backup. Buy one and carry it.
Has the look of NOS, even if not....quality little thing, clear flat lens (one previous reviewer said maybe glass, but i am not trying the scratch to see), highly visible oversize face, not sure about sealing at face pivot where staked through rear of otherwise solid case, brazed loop. The little compass i dreamed of as a kid, and great for disorientation, whether woods or skyscraper forest blocking sun. Mine is simply in glove box with SAK. Just in case.
For the size and price this compass seems to be an excellent choice. I especially like the very clearly marked dial and no bubbles.
I bought 2 of these SERE compasses for my daughters survival packs. These are identical to an old Stocker & Yale SERE compass I had except for a luminous N-S line in the glass. Very pleased. I bought another.
It is difficult to find a quality button compass. Until I found SERE compass. It works perfectly. It is now my EDC compass and is always around my neck. Could not be happier with it. Like it so much, I ordered 2 more. I plan to give them as gifts.
Wonderful little compass. Light weight, pretty accurate, and the markings glow in the dark as well! The only improvement I could think of would be adding a couple tritium tubes on the compass face, though I could see how that would increase the price considerably. All in all, an excellent compass.
This is a small but accurate button compass, and the price is affordable, so putting it in small kits is a 'no-brainer.' Most button compasses are liquid filled and can easily develop bubbles, generally making the compass useless for direction finding. This one is not liquid filled and is built well enough that I feel it will retain its accuracy over time.
This compass is tiny, which is exactly what I want. It's fluid-less quick to align, and does its job admirably. As said in other reviews, keep a fair distance from ferrous metals when in use
This is a great little Compass, nice for your edc carry or in your bug out kit....
Glows in the dark too!!
I never go into the woods without a compass its just compulsive for me so I ordered one of these just for the heck of it to throw it in a pack. I mean at this price you have nothing to loose. I was blown away by the quality of this little compass! The first thing I did was determine what the window was made of by rubbing it across my tooth and I'll be damned , it is actually GLASS! Not easy to scratch plastic. This may not seem to be a big deal to some but a plastic window will get scratched even in your pocket and a glass window is much more difficult to to manufacture than plastic and with a body made of brass not aluminum, they really made an effort to make this useable . Like others have mentioned the needle stabilizes quickly and accurately. Oh and the green "string is actually high strength cordage, in fact it is so bloody strong that I agree with another reviewer that you need an easy snap link so you don't get your throat cut if it gets snagged on a tree limb.
We have added this compass to our Survival kits made for Military Contracts, and they are currently testing them in the filed for durability and reliability and use in darkness for land navigation. Made in the United States of America is incredibly important and a requirement of the Military Customer. We put a 20mm button compass made in Taiwan in the first group but had to go through 60 to find 30 that were accurate within 5 degrees, and they had to be sun charged or light charged to be visible. The neck carry cord is a great feature, but I would recommend a break-away clip, or carried in a buttoned pocket, with just the compass hanging out to charge it up in the sun light, as the cord is quite strong and could create problems should it become entangled in brush. I agree with carrying it attached to a brass safety pin, pinned to the inside of a pocket flap.
Great quality little compass. Lanyard is green string, so not too impressed with that, but it is functional and usable. I think a clip of some kind would be a better bet, allowing attachment to some other, beefier lanyard or clothing. That said, its a good quality compass for a small price.
Extremely light weight but well built. Needle snaps around to north and settles down quickly. Excellent survival compass. Very happy that it is not liquid filled. I hate liquid filled ! Liquid can get bubbles and screw-up the needle.
Very good price for a SERE compass that I can put into my personal survival kit. It can fit into the generic Altoids tin the countycomm offers, along with some other goodies. Great as a backup compass if need be.