A full service instrument shop specializing in sales and service of marine compasses. Suppliers of genuine replacement parts for Danforth, Aquameter, Ritchie, Kelvin White, Dirigo and Star compasses

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 Old Style Navigator Compass  Parts (1965-1980)

The original Navigator series compass from E.S. Ritchie & Sons was first manufactured in 1965. The dome measures 4-1/4" in diameter. The Navigator takes approximately 25 ounces of compass oil to fill it completely. It was made as you see it on this page until it was modified in 1980. At that time the the dome and oring were modified. The Modified Navigator was manufactured until 1984. If you are ordering parts from this page be sure that the oring on your compass is mounted on the outside of the dome. If it is under the dome than you need to see the parts diagram for the Modified Old Style Navigator. Click on the diagram to identify the parts that you need.


1-Oring 9D1G1$12.50
2-DomeMeasures 4-1/4" in diameter at the base.

3-DialThis dial was the earliest type of dial used in the Navigator compass. It does not have the Powerdamp "skirt" on the underside of the dial.

3A-Powerdamp DialAvailable in limited quatities. This dial has a Powerdamp skirt that hangs under the dial that make it incompatible with the standard lubbers line pan. This will only work with the Powerdamp Lubbers Line Pan (#4-9K5). Currently unavailable.

4-Lubbers Line Pan (Non-Powerdamp)This pan will only work with the Non-Powerdamp dial((#3-9J1X)It is no longer available.

5-Powerdamp Lubbers Line PanNo longer available

8-Balancing Tab 9H1Z1
Balance Tab Retainer SH-0052$0.95
10-Gimbal Ring Assembly 9H1X
11-Bowl 9C1X
Filler Plug Screw 4CR1B1$3.00
Click to enlargeFiller Plug Gasket
 Old Style Navigator Lighting 1965-1984 Old Style Navigator Lighting 1965-1984The (Old Style) Navigator was manufactured from 1965 until 1984.Click on the diagram to the left to enlarge the schematic. Identify the parts that you need using the key numbers in the diagram. The key numbers are the first numbers in the order numbers below.

GETTING YOUR COMPASS REPAIREDGETTING YOUR COMPASS REPAIREDViking Compass Repair Service specializes in marine compass repair. We repair compasses manufactured from the early 1800's to present day marine compasses.

We are an authorized warranty repair station for most compass manufacturers, including but not limited to E.S.Ritchie, Danforth, Rule, C. Plath. We also repair compasses by: Aquameter, Star Compass Co, Marine Compass Co., Dirigo, Wilfrid O. White and Sons, Kelvin White, Wilcox Crittendon, John Bliss, Baker Lyman, Lionel

In January 2010 Viking Instruments purchased the entire inventory of Danforth and Aquameter compass parts as well as the tooling necessary to continue manufacturing replacement compass parts. Viking Instruments is the exclusive manufacture and distributer of Danforth and Aquameter compass parts and service.

If you are interested in getting an estimate to repair your compass. Pack it up carefully and ship it to;

Viking Instruments, Inc.

182 Summer St #158

Kingston MA 02364

Please be sure to include your name, address and phone number with the compass. We will contact you via telephone or email within 2-3 working days from receipt of your compass.

Most current production compasses can be repaired and be ready for return shipment less than two weeks of the date of customer approval.

If you wish to speak to someone in our shop concerning your compass you may call 781-585-2100 Monday- Thursday From 9:30-4:30 E.S.T.