How to Find Direction with a Wrist Watch

It may sound surprising but it is possible to find direction using an analogue wrist watch. In order for this method to be successful, you must know which way the sun is shinning at the time at which you are trying to find the direction. Apart from that, you must know which hemisphere you are in at that time, because the method is slightly different for northern and southern hemispheres. Here is what you will need to find direction using an analogue wrist watch.

Things Required:

– An analogue wrist watch
– Paper
– Lead pencil

Instructions

  • 1

    Finding direction using wrist watch in Northern Hemisphere

    Realise the fact that if you are in the northern hemisphere, the equator of the earth is below you. Fix the wrist watch on a sheet of paper and place it on a horizontal surface. Rotate the paper until the hour hand of the analogue wrist watch is pointing directly towards the sun.

  • 2

    Using a lead pencil, draw a boundary around the wrist watch.

  • 3

    Mark current position of the hour hand and the 12 o’clock point with small circular dots along the boundary that you drew in the earlier step. Remove the wrist watch from the paper.

  • 4

    Draw a straight line directly in the middle of the two circular dots which passes through the center of the circular boundary that you drew in Step 2. This is the north and south line. Place small arrows on both ends of the line.

  • 5

    The arrow that is pointing away from the sun is actually pointing towards North. Once you have determined which way north is, the rest is simple. With your face towards North, East will be 90 degrees towards your right, South will be directly behind you whereas West will be at 90 degrees towards your left.

  • 6

    Finding direction using wrist watch in Southern Hemisphere

    Realise the fact that if you are in the northern hemisphere, the equator of the earth is above you. Fix the wrist watch on a sheet of paper and rotate the paper until the 12 o’clock point of the analogue wrist watch is pointing directly towards the sun.

  • 7

    Repeat Steps 2, 3 and 4. You will end up with north and south line with arrows at both ends of the line. The arrow that is closer to the sun will be pointing towards North.

  • 8

    Determine rest of the directions as you did in Step 5.

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