If it’s a sunny day, and you have a watch that is reasonably on time, you can locate directions by following these steps:
- Hold your watch with the flat surface parallel to the ground.
- Keeping it parallel to the ground, rotate it until the hour hand points in the general direction of the sun.
- In the morning, south lies about halfway between the hour hand and twelve o’clock, measuring clockwise.
- In the afternoon, south lies about halfway between the hour hand and twelve o’clock, measuring counter-clockwise.
- North, of course, will be on the same line, in the opposite direction.
This method isn’t entirely accurate, but if you’re wondering which way to turn at a highway crossroad, for example, it may serve to give you the approximate direction you need.