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Designed by Finland.
Made by us.

Heritage is more than our history and products. It’s about the culture, people and country that have shaped Suunto through the decades and made it become what it is today. Evolution is natural, yet some things remain an integral part of our brand and DNA; accuracy, robustness, reliability, design and being Finnish to the core.


Suunto was founded over 80 years ago by Tuomas Vohlonen, a Finnish adventurer. In 1936, unsatisfied with current technology, knee deep in snow, and in the all-day Arctic darkness, he invented a liquid-filled compass with a steadier, more accurate needle. He was a revolutionary. And he was never lost.


Way back in 1939, a Finnish soldier was shot by a Russian sniper during the Winter War. He lived to tell the tale. The bullet hit the Suunto M-311 field compass in his pocket.

We don’t believe in luck, we believe that for over 80 years we have created products that will never let you down.


The people who use our products are part of our story. Where you go, we go. Like in 1965, when a British sports diver discovered his Suunto compass still worked underwater, and we introduced our first diving compass, the SK-4.


Finland tests us, like we test our products. As much as we love it, our cold, dark country demands a lot from us. And because we demand a lot from our products, we take them into the real world for testing. If they can survive Finland, they can survive anything.


For over 80 years we have been constantly learning and fine-tuning our technology, allowing us to create products you can rely on, even in the most extreme conditions. No, especially in the most extreme situations.


Before we released our first dive computer in 1987, divers had to calculate times using dive tables. That wasn’t easy, safe or fun enough for us, so we created the Suunto SME-ML and revolutionized the sport.



Sometimes the decisions you make must be made quickly and under pressure. The Suunto Vector’s simplified functionalities and iconic design have made climbing at altitude safer since 1998, and it has probably seen more of the Himalayas than any other watch.



We are proud to say we are from Finland. There are many reasons for that, but one that stands out: Just like our Founder Tuomas Vohlonen – we Finns set our own standards, and the best is never enough.

History timeline


Suunto unveils Suunto 9 Peak Pro, a GPS multisport watch handcrafted with 100% renewable energy in Finland and the first Suunto watch to have its carbon footprint calculated and then fully compensated with Verified Carbon Units. The Suunto 9 Peak Pro offers a new, faster user interface with the best-in-class battery life. All built into an ultra thin and elegant body tested against the highest standard of toughness.


The new Suunto 5 Peak helps you to take the first step and keep on moving. This lightweight GPS watch equips you with easy-to-use sport and outdoor features, great battery life and music controls. It also tracks your sleep and daily wellbeing. Made in Finland. Made for you to stay active.


Designed for the peak experiences that sport makes you feel, for the adventures that stay with you forever. The Suunto 9 Peak is the thinnest, smallest and toughest watch Suunto has ever made. It is designed to feel good on every arm, has a battery-life of up to 170 hours with GPS and features for the most demanding outdoor sports. Suunto 9 Peak watches are made in Finland using the highest grade of materials for light weight and durability.


Sport and life; two sides of the same coin. To help busy people master both, Suunto delivers its first smartwatch, the Suunto 7. Combing Suunto’s versatile sports expertise with the helpful app functionality from Wear OS by Google gives users a cutting edge wearable technology to help them train at the highest level and also never miss a beat in daily life.


The new Suunto D5 shakes up the dive computer industry and receives top reviews. The size of a normal wrist watch – and with style to boot – the D5 is made for recreational scuba and freediving. It’s also the first dive computer compatible with Suunto App, allowing users to effortlessly log and share their adventures. Easily exchangeable straps means the watch can be transformed into a classic timepiece for post-dive dining.


Suunto app is launched, delivering a modern digital service for a diverse and evolving community. Suunto app is the companion for Suunto watches, including smart notifications and customization possibilities. Adventure is at the heart of Suunto app, enabling discovery through our global heatmaps showing popular tracks explored around the world.


Designed for the longest and most arduous endurance races and adventures, with intelligent battery modes giving up to 120 hours of GPS tracking, Suunto 9 captures the attention of high level endurance athletes around the world. Tested to the extreme to ensure it can handle the toughest conditions, it’s ready for high altitude alpinism, polar expeditions or desert ultra marathons.


Suunto unveils the Suunto 3 Fitness. Designed for people who lead an active lifestyle and value health and well-being, the new fitness watch delivers an innovative adaptive training plan based on individual fitness levels, and together with daily stress and recovery monitoring, helps users maintain a healthy balance between activity and rest.


The Suunto Spartan solution comprises of Suunto Spartan GPS watches and renewed Suunto Movescount service. The Spartan watches showcase an extremely durable & bright color touch screen and robust materials on the outside, and sports expertise and training insights on the inside. Suunto Movescount service supplements the experience with community powered training tools and heatmaps.


A new era in Suunto dive computers has begun. Suunto introduces its next generation dive computer, the fully customizable Suunto EON Steel. The intuitive EON Steel combines advanced technology with a bright color screen and customizable features and display to show clearly what divers need.


Suunto Ambit3 is Suunto’s first connected collection, introduced together with the new Suunto Movescount App. Movescount App enables customers to sync their Moves and watch settings on the go. The Suunto Ambit3 is accompanied by a new Suunto Smart Sensor, the smallest Bluetooth® Smart compatible heart rate sensor on the market that records heart rate even in swimming.



Suunto DX, the world’s first rebreather compatible wrist-sized dive computer is unveiled. The premium design and materials, combined with the new superior Suunto Fused™ RGBM, make it the must-have instrument for dive missions and everyday adventures.


Suunto Ambit, the ultimate outdoor and training watch that combines unparalleled GPS functionality with body monitoring functions and sleek design receives stellar independent reviews worldwide. Users can customize their Ambit and download GPS navigational aids using Movescount.


The online sports community, training diary and dive log book goes live, allowing sports enthusiasts to upload, rate, track and share their sporting activities. It also allows users to search for routes and follow other members such as Suunto athletes for inspiration.


Suunto Elementum is unveiled. It is a premium sports watch combing modern design and a heritage in craftsmanship with the functionality of a high-tech watch. With altimeter, barometer and a compass it suits outdoor life as well as everyday use.


Suunto HelO2 dive computer is brought onto the market. It is the first dive computer from Suunto with full mixed gas capability. The dive computer is designed specifically for technical divers who need multiple gases such as trimix, nitrox and oxygen to go deeper and for longer to explore wrecks, caves — and their own limits.


The award winning Suunto Core is unveiled, raising the bar for outdoor sports watches. Combining altimeter, barometer and a compass with weather information, the Core provides the essential features for adventures in the great outdoors.


Suunto t6, an advanced training watch is introduced. It provides Olympic-lab level technology to help athletes quantify and qualify their workout with personalized training feedback.


Suunto D9, the world’s first wrist-sized all-in-one dive computer is unveiled. It combines advanced dive features with a digital compass and wireless air integration. D9 is the first product in Suunto’s popular Suunto D-Series which now consists of Suunto D4i, D6i, D9tx and DX.


Suunto Vector is the first outdoor wrist-top computer to feature the now hallmark 'ABC' functions of altimeter, barometer and compass, as well as a thermometer. Vector’s unique functionalities and iconic design have made it one of Suunto's most successful products. It remains hugely popular among mountaineers and has probably seen more of the Himalayas than any other watch.


The world’s first watch-sized dive computer Suunto Spyder is launched. It combines the performance of a top-of-the-line multi-level dive computer with a high-quality dive watch that also functions as an everyday watch.


Suunto marine compasses become the standard in Swan and Baltic boats and almost all the yachts in the Whitbread Round the World race are equipped with Suunto compasses.


In the 1980s Suunto becomes the world leader in the manufacture of diving instruments. Suunto’s first dive computer, Suunto SME-ML, is launched in 1987 and completely revolutionizes the sport. Previously divers had to calculate times using diving tables. Thanks to the SME diving computer, the sport becomes an easier, more fun and safer hobby.


Suunto introduces the SK-4, the world’s first diving compass after a British sports diver attaches a Suunto compass to his wrist and finds that the device also works underwater. Thanks to his feedback and initiative, Suunto Diving is launched!


In the 1950s Suunto starts manufacturing orienteering and marine compasses. The first marine compass, Suunto K-12, is launched in 1953. Its base bowl, made of brass, is a real masterpiece of precision engineering. At this point, the company is exporting compasses to over 50 countries around the world.


Suunto introduces a compact liquid sighting compass, the m/40, during World War II for artillery officers and other users needing a precision instrument for measuring an azimuth, the horizontal angle of a bearing.


Finnish soldier Lieutenant Norrback is shot by a Russian sniper during the Winter War. The M-311 field compass he carried in his shirt pocket takes the bullet and saves his life. Robustness has since been a hallmark of Suunto!


Tuomas Vohlonen had long been bothered by the inaccuracy and lack of steady needle operation of traditional dry compasses. Being an engineer with an inventive turn of mind, he discovers and patents the production method for a liquid-filled compass with a much steadier needle, better readings and a new level of accuracy. 


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