Posted 14 December 2015 - 08:06 PM
I was wondering the same thing about durability, but figured if Bryan Black is still wearing one with no complaints, I'd give it a shot.
I weaved mine into a paracord bracelet since A. I figured it might pop off a band and B. I don't wear a watch. I'd like to, but that's another story.
So far, I've had it probably a year or so, and it still looks and functions like the day I got it. Often times I'll be giving someone an enthusiastic round of applause and then think "Oh damn, that can't have been good for the compass..." but it still points true when I check it.
I normally wouldn't have bothered with what looks like such an inferior piece of kit. However it's proven reliable, and it's honestly a treat to be able to just glance down and get a rough bearing on you or others in an instant. No batteries required.
I will say, however, that I did pull about ten of them off the shelf and flip them around to see which was the fastest to come back to north.
I noted a difference, but I'm sure the average person is not as picky as I am. :-)