Use Your Watch As A Compass In Unfamiliar Environment While Travelling Or Lost

If you ever find yourself lost in the wilderness or turned around and not quite sure how to make your way back to camp, you can use your analog watch in lieu of a compass to help you find your way home.

Follow these simple rules below from wikihow to add another use to your standard watch.

If you are in the Northern Hemisphere.

Hold the watch horizontally.
Rest the watch flat and face up in your palm so that it is parallel to the ground.
Point the hour hand towards the sun by turning your body while keeping the watch in front of you (the time doesn’t matter, just make sure the time is accurate).
Split the angle between the hour hand and the 12:00 mark to find South.
Make sure that if it is before noon, measure clockwise from the hour hand to the 12:00 mark… and if it is afternoon, measure counterclockwise from your hand to the 12:00 mark. (For example, if it is 5:00pm, South is between the 2:00 and 3:00 markings while North would be between the 8:00 and 9:00 markings).
Once found, that middle point marks South, while the opposite point marks North.
NOTE: during Daylight Saving Time your watch may be one hour off from the actual time, in which case you would substitute 1:00 for the 12:00 before finding your North/South line.

If you are in the Southern Hemisphere.

Hold the watch horizontally.
Rest the watch flat and face up in your palm so that it is parallel to the ground.
Point 12:00 in the direction of the sun. (This is the main difference – in the Southern Hemisphere you line the 12:00 mark to the sun while in the Northern Hemisphere you’d line up the hour hand).
Split the angle between the hour hand and the 12:00 mark to find North. (The direct opposite point would therefore mark South).
For example, if it is 9:00am and you line the 12:00 mark to the sun, the midpoint would be between the 10:00 and 11:00 markings (North) while the opposite point would be between the 4:00 and 5:00 markings (South).
If your watch is set to Daylight Saving Time, use the 1:00 mark as the benchmark, instead of the 12:00 mark.

Photo credit wikihow.com (aim 12:00 towards the sun, split the angle to find North)

Find your Hemisphere!

For some of you it is obvious, for others you may tiptoe the border. This simple map may help you but make sure which Hemisphere you belong to.