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I can’t deny, I really like cool gadgets. So when Patrick announced his PDW wrist watch compass I knew I had to get one! The first batch of the silver one sold out within minutes and unfortunately I was not lucky enough to get it. So with the second batch I was a bit more prepared and grabbed mine, finally! When it arrived and I opened the box… oh boy, how cool was that! What you get is the compass (of course) in a protective plastic container and with silicone carrier, which protects compass when not on your wrist and also allows to put it on a backpack/strap/MOLLE.

REVIEW: PDW EXPEDITION WATCH BAND COMPASS

It arrived just in time – a couple of days before my short trip to the seaside. Technically it fits straps up to 22mm, BUT I had no problem squeezing my 24mm two-piece ZULU strap into the mounting slot, so I’m happy to tell you – yes, it’s Panerai compliant, which was actually my biggest worry. I wear the PAM000 as my adventure watch so if I’d be not able to use them both… ouch! But it fits, so no problem.

REVIEW: PDW EXPEDITION WATCH BAND COMPASS

Of course, before any serious use (it’s a tool after all) I had to make sure it was really working properly and showed true magnetic North. So I took my good old M2 artillery compass and just checked PDW carefully. I expected nothing else frankly speaking… it’d be hard to tell if there was ANY noticeable difference between them. And the M2 is an instrument you could trust with your life! I found this short description of the M2: *The M2 military compass has been in service with the U.S. military since at least World War II. It is designed for precise work in providing targeting information for artillery.* Any questions? Yeah, that experiment shows it clearly – the PDW compass can also be trusted as a land and sea navigation aid.


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