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Magnetic Compass Service Bulletin

We at Lilley and Gillie have been a 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 which oil to use.

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 it, 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

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

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