Suunto was founded in Finland more than 80 years ago, when champion-level orienteer and outdoor sports enthusiast Tuomas Vohlonen invented the mass production method for the liquid-filled compasses.
Tuomas Vohlonen had been bothered for some time by the lack of precision and stability of the needle in the traditional dry compasses. His inventiveness and creativity as an engineer led him to discover and patent a production method for a compass with liquid filling, which greatly increased the stability of the needle and allowed for better readings with a never before known level of precision.
Since then, Suunto have been at the forefront of innovation, hand crafting premium sports watches, instruments and diving computers, that have been put to the test in the harshest conditions in the world. Since the beginning of time, humans have been exploring their surroundings. All that has changed are the tools.
Suunto are still based in Finland, and are proud that most of their products are designed and made by hand on their main plant, located in the outskirts of Helsinki. Their goal is to provide adventurers and sports enthusiasts with the best tools to explore and conquer new territories, from the highest mountain to the deepest ocean and everything in between.
The word “Suunto” comes from the Finnish word meaning “direction”. Suunto is pronounced “Soon-toh”.
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