Magnetic Compass Service Bulletin



We at Lilley and Gillie have been the manufacturer of magnetic compasses for many years now.   The utmost care has been put into every individual unit providing top quality equipment for customers all around the world.  The most common cause of compass problems is the incorrect servicing of the equipment or the wrong oil being inserted into the bowl.

The compass card is an integral part of the equipment and without it, taking bearings becomes impossible.  If the incorrect oil is added to any compass then this will cause the card to degrade extremely quickly and eventually disintegrate.  We therefore ask anyone who has a Lilley and Gillie compass to first consult with us or one of our many service agents on to which oil to use.

Warped compass card

For our SR4 and ocean compass you will require our FW8870 compass oil which will be available from our service agents or directly from us.  For our older model, the SR3, due to shipping restrictions we are unable to supply, so it will need to be sourced locally.  SR3 compass oil is the following:

  • Ethanol P100
  • Demineralised water
  • Mixed to an SG of 0.95

mag com 1Please note that every time oil has been added to any compass it will need to be retested by a certified compass adjuster or manufacturer.  

Latest News

Christmas 2016 Opening Hours

As we approch the end of another sucessful year at John Lilley & Gillie we would like to wish our friends and customers a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!


Garden Reach INS Kadmatt Advanced Degaussing Compass System

The John Lilley and Gillie service department has recently completed the HATS and SATS for INS Kadmatt; this anti-submarine vessel was built by Garden Reach Shipbuilders who are located in Kolkata.  

The system setup comprises of a degaussing compass utilising our top of the range core product the SR4 compass. 



2016 SMM

SMM has come to a close.


This was a very successful for Lilley and Gillie with a phenomenally busy stand. 


We wish to put a big thank you out to all of our existing distributors that came to visit, as well as the many new people who came to see us. 



SMM 2016

Lilley and Gillie are proud to announce that our sales and service team we will be attending SMM once again in September of 2016.  

SMM is the biggest maritime show in the entire world, and we are honoured to be a part of it, and to share the experience with all other nations attending.

We first exhibited in 2004 and have been attending ever since.