It may seem like the compass is 180 degrees off depending on what style dial you are accustomed to reading. We manufacture compasses with 3 different types of dial styles – Open face (flat card), Direct read, and Combi.

Most are familiar or used to reading traditional “Flat card compasses”. To read a flat card compass, you look down at the compass card and read the heading at the lubberline (pointer) farthest away from you.

A “Direct reading compass”: A direct read compass is read at/around eye level. You look at the front of the compass and read the heading at the lubberline (pointer) closest to you.

With our “Combi dialed” compasses, you get both the flat card heading (using rear lubberline) and the direct read heading within one compass.