RECTA, founded in 1897 originally manufactured chronographs. This precision based activity was the foundation of the skills required to design and manufacture the first compass in a pocket watch housing in 1914. All the components of a RECTA compass have been designed in Biel by highly qualified and skilled personnel. The research and development team with decades of experience in the industry enables RECTA to remain a leader in its field. The "Global System", which enables one compass to be used world-wide is a perfect example. Nowadays all the Recta compasses are manufactured at the Suunto Oy factory in Finland.