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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.

NAVIGATION

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.

RELIABILITY

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.

UNDERWATER

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.

DURABILITY

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.

EXPERIENCE

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.

ACCURACY

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.

 

PRECISION

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.

 

QUALITY

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

2020

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.

2019

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.

2018

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.

2018

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.

2018

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.

2016

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.

2015

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.

2014

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.

 

2013

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.

2012

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.

2010

The online sports community, training diary and dive log book Movescount.com 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.

2009

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.

2009

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.

2007

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.

2004

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.

2004

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.

1998

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.

1997

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.

1989

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.

1987

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.

1965

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!

1953

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.

1940

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.

1939

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!

1936

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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