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Use your Rolex Explorer II as a compass!
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One of the amazing things I’ve learned about the Rolex Explorer II is that it can easily be used as a compass (of course any watch can)! Who would have thought that?
Simply point the small hour
hand at the sun and, if your 24
hour hand is set correctly to your time zone, it will point towards
North. This only
works in the North Hemisphere and
only when Daylight Savings Time is not in effect. The
further away from the equator you are the
more accurate the reading will be but it was close even in
What, you say you’re lost in the woods right now and can’t wait for Daylight Savings Time to end? It still works; you just can’t use the 24 hour hand to help and this method works with any watch set to the correct time.
Oh no, you’re in the Southern Hemisphere? It still works, just a bit differently. In the Southern Hemisphere you point the 12:00 marker at the sun (the 1:00 marker if observing Summer Time). The midpoint between 12:00 (or 1:00) and the current hour will be pointing towards North.
What if you are lost and standing on the Equator? Quickly write a note bequeathing me your Rolex cause you are going to die!
Of course this is not the most accurate method and is not a substitute for a compass and might be completely wrong so I won’t be responsible if using this method gets you lost, injured hit buy a bus or killed – don’t even THINK of suing me I can believe you fell for this. (Well it does work for me but it might not work for you!)
Setting the Rolex Explorer II 24 Hour Hand