Innovation and Engineering Make Ritchie Number One

For over 150 years, from the first liquid dampened compass to today's modern PowerDamp dial designs our Engineering Department has been critical to the development of the modern marine compass. Today, sophisticated computers and specialized instrumentation also allow Ritchie Engineers to develop better and more efficient ways to build compasses. One of those developments is the Multiple Compass Filling Station designed by our Engineering Department and manufactured by our own talented machinists.

Making Things Perfect

With an average of 14 years of experience, Ritchie's craftsmen put every ounce of energy they have into getting the product right. Accuracy and dependability come first every step of the way. The quality of our materials is unmatched in the industry. We hand balance our compasses before placing parts into the compass bowl, ensuring optimum performance and accuracy. We also use the special Helmholtz coil machine, which allows us to set the magnetic field of our compasses according to which part of the world you're in. Ritchie has consistently met the Wheel Mark, and has upheld quality assurance standards and ISO Specifications. How do we do it? Incredible attention to detail, provided by our in-house master craftsmen. Each component purchased from an outside vendor is evaluated with a critical eye before being passed along for assembly to ensure the utmost in quality control.