Last fall we released the Expedition North collection, a series of trail-ready watches that meld quality craftsmanship with the sure-fire functionality required of outdoor watch design.
Among them, the Timex Expedition North Tide-Temp-Compass.
Boasting ergonomic capabilities, premium materials, and environmentally conscious manufacturing processes, this powerful piece of gear is purpose-designed to take you from street to summit and back again. A stainless-steel case ensures it’s up to the task, while a number of new design elements enhance those we’ve carried over from the original Expedition collection: an anti-reflective sapphire crystal, luminescent hands and hour markers, and comfortable fabric strap made from 100% recycled plastic.
What really sets this watch apart from the pack, of course, is our proprietary Tide-Temp-Compass movement. Its bidirectional center hand is designed to help you not only navigate earth’s varied landscapes, but best enjoy the time you spend doing so, too. And like any gadget worth bringing out into the wilderness, this watch won’t do you much good if you don’t know how to use it. That’s why we’re breaking down the basics, so you don’t have to.
Here’s how to get the most out of your Timex Expedition North Tide-Temp-Compass.
Understanding the Basics:
How do I set the date and time?
To set the date, pull the crown to the middle position and turn until the correct date appears. To set the time, pull the crown all the way out and turn until the correct time is shown. Ensure the correct AM/PM setting by verifying that the date changes at midnight, not noon. When you’re done, push the crown back in.
How do I adjust the indicator hand?
The indicator hand shows either the tide or temperature constantly. To adjust the indicator hand before use, pull the crown all the way out. The indicator hand should point to 12 o’clock. If it does not, press either the “tide” or “temp” push button to move the hand until it points to 12 o’clock. When you’re done, push the crown back in.
Understanding the Tide Clock:
How do I set the tide clock?
To set the tide clock, pull the crown to the middle position. Press either the “tide” or “temp” push button to move the hand to the current tide. You’ll notice that the “tide” and “temp” push buttons move the hand clockwise and counterclockwise, respectively. Push the crown back in when you’re done.
How do I view the tide clock?
To view the tide clock when the temperature is shown, press the “tide” push button to select the tide clock. The hand will move to low tide and then to the current tide.
How do I interpret the tide clock?
The tide clock’s indicator hand always rotates clockwise. Meaning, if the tide is rising, the hand will point left. If the tide is falling, the hand will point right.
How are high and low tides determined?
The primary factor in determining the tides is the moon’s position. The tide clock uses the moon’s position to predict high and low tides, which are 6 hours and 12.5 minutes apart. Keep in mind that tides are also influenced by the position of the sun and the shape of the shoreline, so the tide clock cannot precisely give times of high and low tides. Periodic adjustment may be necessary.
Understanding the Thermometer:
How do I view the thermometer?
Remember, the indicator hand shows either the tide or temperature constantly. To view the thermometer when the tide clock is shown, press the “temp” push button to select the thermometer. First, the hand will move to the beginning of the thermometer scale. Then, the hand will move to the current temperature.
How do I measure air temperature?
The thermometer will measure air temperature automatically. However, when worn on the wrist, the thermometer reading is affected by body heat. For the most accurately reading, remove the watch and put in shade for at least several minutes.
How do I measure water temperature?
To measure water temperature, select the temperature display before submerging the watch, as the buttons should not be pressed when watch is underwater.
Understanding the Compass:
What are best practices for calibrating the compass?
- Keep the compass level.
- Calibrate the compass in the area of intended use.
- Avoid areas that may exhibit higher than normal concentrations of hard and soft iron.
- Do not store the watch near any source of magnetism, such as computers, appliances, or TVs.
- And as a general a rule of thumb, whenever a heading is suspect, recalibrate.
What is the difference between true north and magnetic north?
True north is a fixed point on the earth. Magnetic north is the direction that a compass needle points to as it aligns with the earth’s magnetic field. The difference between them is called declination. Your watch can be calibrated taking declination into account for more accurate orienteering.
To find the declination angle for your location visit www.ngdc.noaa.gov
How do I calibrate the compass?
- Keeping the watch level, pull the crown to the middle position. If the watch band interferes, place the watch on an inverted cup. Alternatively, you may also place the watch face down, but take care to protect the watch face.
- Press the “compass” push button. The indicator hand rotates two revolutions to remind you to rotate the watch. While level, SLOWLY rotate watch two revolutions, taking at least 15 seconds per revolution. This is critical in achieving proper calibration.
- When you’re done, continue keeping the watch level and press any push button. The indicator hand moves back and forth to acknowledge the end of calibration, and then moves to the current declination angle setting.
- If you do not wish to set the declination angle, push the crown in. Otherwise, to have the watch automatically compensate for the declination angle, turn the compass ring until north is at 12 o’clock. Press either the “tide” or “temp” push buttons to move the indicator hand east (+) or west (-) to point to your location’s declination angle using the declination scale in our Product User Manual (available for download on the product page). Hold the push button to move the hand fast. Push the crown back in when done.
How do I operate the compass?
Normally, the compass is off, and the indicator hand shows the tide or temperature. To operate the compass, hold the watch level and press the “compass” push button. The indicator hand moves to point north. If the watch is turned, the indicator hand will continue to move, always pointing north. After 20 seconds, the compass will automatically turn off and the hand will return to its normal operation to conserve battery life. Press the “compass” push button at any time to keep the compass on for another 20 seconds.
How do I interpret which way I’m headed?
Hold the watch so that 12 o’clock is in the direction of your travel. Turn the compass ring until the indicator hand is pointing to north on ring. Your heading is the direction on the ring at 12 o’clock.
How do I interpret which way I should go?
If you know the direction you want to go, turn the compass ring until that direction appears at 12 o’clock. Hold the watch so that you are facing 12 o’clock. Then, turn your body until the indicator hand points to north on the compass ring. You are now facing the direction you want to go.
For more information on how to use your Expedition North Tide-Temp-Compass, visit the product page to download our Product User Manual.