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Upside down compass

Umm, this is gonna sound dumb, but I just bought a used Saturn compass online and got it in what appers to be an inverted state.With the inclination marks down it will not right itself it stops as if it were being held "upsidedown". Is there some sort of gimble trick I have to do? If I turn it so the inclination marks are at the top (upsidedown) it settles right in as if it were supposed to be that way.
Does anyone know how these things work? Can I right it?
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It almost sounds as though you've gotten a "telltale compass." See for example http://landandseacollection.com/id204.html

But as far as I can tell Saturn never made one.
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If only that were the case

Did I mention it is a bulkhead mounted compass.
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Sounds to me like a compass designed to be placed over the skipper's bunk so that he can look up see what the course is when off watch. Some boats I've raced on had those. Also useful for singlehanders using windvanes. PM me if you don't want it and prefer to sell it.
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was it made in this hemisphere?
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Could it be that the ball is mounted upside down in the housing? I have a Suunto bulkhead compass that's actually on a bracket. It has to be disassembled to mount (bulkhead, bracket or whatever). I'm thinking that who ever you purchased it from may have removed it from their bulkhead and reassembled it incorrectly (i.e. upside down). Just a thought.
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Thumbs up Solved !!!!

Well, I used up all my intelligence thinking about the problem. So my manstincts kicked in and while I had it positioned at the point I needed it to go past I WHACKED it on the side... It then righted itself.
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