Innovative Retractable Compass SP-0166 131427

Mfg Part #: SP-0166

Innovative Retractable Compass

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  • Retractable compass with locking retractor
  • 360 Degree Rotating Bezel
  • Top or side reading
  • Easy to Read Lubber Line
  • Great for multiple heading navigation dives
  • Includes liquid filled fast response compass

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Average Customer Review: based on 11 reviews.

Rating: Innovative Retractible Compass
Reviewer: Don F.
The photo makes it appear that is small, however it is a full size compass and a full size retractable unit. I was expecting something smaller and less cumbersome. I havent used it yet but the arrow seems to be pointing North, so Im sure it will perform just fine.

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6 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

Rating: Bulky, but it works.
Reviewer: Ray T.  -  View all my reviews
unfortunately, this is the only compass of its type-retractable and clipped to bc. there are no other alternatives other than wrist, slate, of spg mounted. it does the job and functions well. however, it is very bulky and really does not need to be. it is the wrist mounted version screwed onto a retractable clip attached to a platform.

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22 out of 43 people found this review helpful.

Rating: Great Compass
Reviewer: Richard Rouse  -  View all my reviews
This is the compass to own. No consoles to flip around or constricting wrist/palm straps. Not easy to pull your arm perpendicular to your body to read when on your wrist or hand in a NW drysuit. The compass is there when I need it and retracted out of the way when I dont. Neatly clips onto my BCD. The unit is a bit bulky though ... but never a bother. Good price!

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43 out of 83 people found this review helpful.

Rating: likmold
Reviewer: jody myers  -  View all my reviews
i am new to diving and really dont know what i am looking for but the help from the staff at assisted me to this compass that i need for advance open water. it is a wonderful compass easy to use and the retractable option helped with tucking it away in to a BCD pocket. would recommend this for classes or all around to have as a spare.

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58 out of 112 people found this review helpful.

Rating: Good Value
Reviewer: Kevin M.
Bought this for doing Navigation Dive for Advanced Open Water. I use a wrist computer so I didnt want something else on my arm. The clip and retractor are great, just snapped it onto my BCD where its easily reachable. You can pull it out when you need it to take a bearing then it zips back into place.

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56 out of 101 people found this review helpful.

Rating: OK, a bit bulky
Reviewer: Richard R.
The compass is obviously the same one they mount on wrist bungies, just mounted on a retractor instead. It could be a lot smaller if integrated into the retractor housing, but I understand what theyve done. The retractor cable seems pretty tough, and the lock switch is nice...I extend the cable about 3" and lock it, just long enough to tuck the compass into my BCD zippered pocket when not in use while leaving it clipped to the nearest D-ring. Actual compass dial seems very good though, hence the 4- vs. 3-star review. I like it better than the more easily locked-up dial on my now defunct Oceanic "Swiv" console.

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67 out of 124 people found this review helpful.

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Reviewer: Paul Mickelson
excellent item. well worth the price

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Rating: Works like a charm
Reviewer: Michael Smith  -  View all my reviews
Switching to a wireless air integrated computer meant no more console gauge, so I needed a simple compass for teaching (scuba instructor) and personal use. This one did the trick. Its nothing fancy, but solid and functional. Its a little slow to spin and lock on to a bearing, so be patient. Rather than "built in" retractor, think of it as a "built onto" a fairly large retractor, so its not exactly low profile, but the ability to lock the retractor is nice for keeping it close when not in use.

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130 out of 269 people found this review helpful.

Rating: Great Unit
Reviewer: Mark F.  -  View all my reviews
Compass glows in the dark too.... This is a backup for my compass on the Cobalt.

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13 out of 28 people found this review helpful.

Rating: Retractable compass
Reviewer: Quentin Kawananakoa
works great but broke original clip. it was fine though I just replaced it with a higher quality stainless steel bolt snap

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36 out of 69 people found this review helpful.

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Questions and Answers for Innovative Retractable Compass:

  • Dyan:

    Does this compass have a side view window? Cant tell from the picture.

    Bill  (Certified Scuba Instructor at

    This has the window on the bottom towards the re-tractor.

  • Kevin:

    How long is the retractable cord?

    Darrick  (Certified Scuba Instructor at

    Hello Kevin, it is 32".

Retractor-BCD Compass

These Gripper retractor compasses feature the exceptionally high quality SP0157 liquid filled, fast response compass and and housing. They are available attached to Locking Gripper or Gripper Junior retractors or on a simple mounting plate with BCD attachment clip. Features include side view window, luminescent floating dial for night diving, and ratcheting bezel.

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