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Best Casio Pro Trek ABC Sensor Watches

Best Pro Trek Watch 2015Like G-Shock, Pro Trek is another Casio brand that is designed for outdoor activities and aimed at outdoor enthusiasts such as hikers, backpackers, campers, and climbers. Pro Trek has many of the same technical features as G-Shock like Tough Solar power, Multi-Band 6 automatic radio time-syncing, and the Triple Sensor (ABC) environmental sensors.

Before sensors became more common in high-end G-Shock watches, Pro Trek was the go-to brand for such features. An advantage of Pro Trek is that you can get a Triple Sensor watch for cheaper than a G-Shock with a Triple Sensor, or an analog Pro Trek for cheaper than an analog G-Shock with the Triple Sensor. If you want an “ABC” watch with the altimeter-barometer, compass, and thermometer of the Triple Sensor, but don’t want to pay a premium for a Master of G watch then it is worth considering Pro Trek.

Pro Trek watches do not have G-Shock’s Shock Resist for extreme impact resistance, but they are still very durable and designed for use in all outdoor conditions. They can also handle swimming and recreational diving and are resistant to low temperatures.

All the Pro Trek watches listed here have these features: Tough Solar: solar rechargeable battery, Triple Sensor, at least 100M water resistance, full auto LED backlight with afterglow, world time, 5 daily alarms, hourly time signal, stopwatch, countdown timer, full auto calendar, 12/24 hour formats, and button tone on/off.

Pro Trek PRG-270-1: Best Affordable ProTrek ABC Watch

The PRG-270-1 is an affordable watch and like most Pro Trek models has one-button access to compass, barometric pressure, altitude, and temperature readings. It is a good alternative to the G-Shock Rangeman if shopping for an ABC sensor watch on a budget. The Rangeman costs significantly more and the Pro Trek PRG2-70 is priced similarly to the G-Shock Mudman which only has the Twin Sensor with a compass and thermometer.

PROS: Affordable price, Triple Sensor Version 3
CONS: No Multi-Band 6
RECOMMENDED FOR: Anyone looking for an affordable solar ABC watch

Casio Pro Trek PRG-270-1

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Pro Trek PRG-330-1: Best Budget ProTrek ABC Watch

As G-Shock watches got bigger, some Pro Trek watches have gotten smaller. The PRG-330-1 has the distinction of being one of the lightest Pro Trek watches and it also one of the slimmest. It has a simple, sporty look that doesn’t call attention to itself, yet it is a fully functional Pro Trek watch with Tough Solar power and the Triple Sensor. The PRG-330 series has been upgraded over the PRG-300 with an aluminum bezel.

PROS: Lightweight, slim, affordable, Triple Sensor Version 3
CONS: No Multi-Band 6
RECOMMENDED FOR: Those who want a more unobtrusive ABC sensor watch

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Pro Trek PRW-3100YB-1: Best Thin and Light ProTrek ABC Watch

The PRW-3100YB-1 is slim and light like the PRG-330 but in addition to being solar-powered it also has Multi-Band 6 for automatic time adjustment. As part of the PRW-3100 series, it also has upgraded hardware such as a stainless steel bezel and super-twisted nematic (STN) LCD display for higher contrast and better readability when viewing at an angle. Dimensions are 56.0 x 47.1 x 12 millimeters and the weight is 68 grams.

PROS: Multi-Band 6, Tripler Sensor Version 3, slim and smaller size
CONS: Sporty appearance may not appeal to those who prefer a rugged appearance
RECOMMENDED FOR: Anyone who wants a slim and lightweight solar ABC watch with Multi-Band 6

Pro Trek PRW-3100YB-1

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PRG600Y-1: Best Affordable Analog Pro Trek ABC Watch

The PRG600Y-1 is a surprisingly affordable analog-digital Pro Trek model featuring a safari-inspired design with a large, highly visible markers and hands. It is a fully equipped Tough Solar model with the Triple Sensor Version 3 and water resistance to 100 meters. The PRG600Y-1 has some high-end components such as a stainless steel bezel, luminous hands and markers, dual LED lights, and a STN LCD display for enhanced readability. This model comes with Dura Soft silicon band for increased comfort. It measures 51.6 x 51.5 x 13.4 mm and weighs 78 grams. List price is $320.

PROS: Great price for an analog-digital model
CONS: No Multi-Band 6
RECOMMENDED FOR: Those who prefer analog displays

PRG600Y-1 Best Affordable Analog Pro Trek Watch

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PRG-650Y-1: Best Pro Trek ABC Watch for Nighttime Use

The PRG-650Y-1 has a similar design as the PRG-600 series and upgrades the lighting to the Neon Illuminator black light for better nighttime viewing of the hands and markers. Other features include a gray ion plated bezel and a dual-layer silicone band with a luminescent inner band.

PROS: Affordable analog model, Neon Illuminator black light LED
CONS: No Multi-Band 6
RECOMMENDED FOR: Nighttime use

Casio Pro Trek PRG-650Y-1

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Pro Trek PRW3500-1: Best ProTrek ABC Watch For Water Sports

The PRW3500-1 is a full-featured Pro Trek watch with Multi-Band 6. It is also water-resistant to 200 meters, making it suitable for all environments and activities like snorkeling and water sports. Dimensions are 56.9 x 53.4.0 x 14.5mm and weight is 89 grams. List price is $300. It is also available as the PRW3500T-7 (amazon) with a titanium band.

PROS: Multi-Band 6, 200M water resistance, Triple Sensor Version 3
CONS: Bezel is rather showy on black model
RECOMMENDED FOR: Those who need an ABC watch with 200M water resistance

Pro Trek PRW3500-1

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Pro Trek PRW-3510Y-8: Upgraded with STN LCD and Silicone Band

The PRW-3510Y-8 is often available for not much more than the PRW-3500 and is recommended for its upgraded STN LCD display (which is especially beneficial for reverse LCD displays like this) and silicone band.

Pro Trek PRW-3510Y-8

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PAG240T-7: Best ProTrek ABC Watch For Hiking, Camping, Hunting

The solar-powered PAG240T-7 has the classic look commonly associated with Pathfinder watches and this rugged and clean style may be the most appealing to G-Shock fans. It has a duplex LCD display and a titanium band. With its easy to see pointers this model is a good choice for hiking and trekking and is a great all-around watch for outdoor activities. Dimensions are 57.3 X 50.9 X 15.3mm and weight is 111.4 grams. List price is $300. The PAG240 is also available with resin and nylon bands.
PROS: Duplex LCD, titanium band
CONS: No Multi-Band 6
RECOMMENDED FOR: Those who want a classic-style Pro Trek with duplex LCD display

Pro Trek PAG240T-7

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Brad
Brad
5 years ago

Thanks for your great article. Just wondering if you have any feedback on the PRO TREK PRW-3100?

G-Central
G-Central
5 years ago
Reply to  Brad

Thank you! The PRW-3100 is am import series that has the same functions as the PRW-3000 but is slightly thinner, has a stainless steel bezel, and a super-twisted nematic LCD display that is supposed to be better. I’ve never seen the display in person (though it does seem to look a little better in videos), so I can’t say if it’s worth the extra price but overall it seems like a good choice for an upgrade if you can find a good price. The stainless steel bezel gives it a nicer and sturdier look. I think the PRW-3100T-7 with the titanium metal band is the most interesting model but it costs the most.

Brad
Brad
5 years ago
Reply to  G-Central

Thanks for the summary. Where would you put this watch in the lineup of the nine pro trek watches you describe in your article? Also, do you know if the strap is easily replaceable? This was a big problem with my old pathfinder which was useless after the strap broke.
Thanks is advance.

G-Central
G-Central
5 years ago
Reply to  Brad

Well the PRW-3100 is actually the best slim and light model and currently positioned as the top all-digital Pro Trek in Japan but I left it out because it is import-only and more expensive. The strap for the PRW-3100 looks like it is interchangeable with the PRW-3000 (but I’m not 100% sure on that). If you can’t find a strap on eBay your best bet is to contact PacParts or American Perfit, as they are the authorized distributors for Casio spare parts.

Brad
Brad
5 years ago
Reply to  G-Central

You mention that the PRW-3100 is import-only. Do you expect it to be available in North America soon / as well?

ren
ren
4 years ago
Reply to  Brad

ren
agree – great factual comparisons -well done !!
could you possibly comment / do a similar comparison on the 7000 range ?

G-Central
G-Central
5 years ago

I think it would have been released by now if they had plans for a North American release, but I wouldn’t rule out the possibility.

G-Central
G-Central
5 years ago
Reply to  G-Central

I got a chance to see a Pro Trek PRW-3100 (STN LCD display) with a reverse display next to a PRW-3000 with a reverse display and the PRW-3100 was a lot better and much easier to view at an angle.

Sarah
Sarah
5 years ago

Hi,
Thanks for the information! So the difference between prg 300 and prw 3000 is just the multi band timekeeping? Do they both have storm alarms do you know? Would you say the prg300 is slimmer?
Thanks

G-Central
G-Central
5 years ago
Reply to  Sarah

Yes the PRG-300 just has Tough Solar while the PRW-3000 has Tough Solar and Multi-Band 6. They both have the barometric pressure tendency alarm that will alert you to sudden changes in pressure readings. The PRW-3000 is slightly slimmer at 12.3 mm vs 12.6 mm for the PRG-300.

Jonathan
Jonathan
5 years ago

Been considering getting the Japanese model S3000-1JF. It features Sapphire Crystal glass and steel bezel. Does anyone know if this model has the improved STN LCD display or is it the standard one found on the PRW-3000 series?

G-Central
G-Central
5 years ago
Reply to  Jonathan

From what I’ve read the PRW-S3000-1JF does not have the STN LCD display.

Marcus
Marcus
5 years ago

Excellent Post by G Central.

After weeks of researching on all Protrek models, I will choose both PRW 2500 and PRW 3500 are the head to head winners. In fact I prefer the PRW 2500 to PRW 3500 however the PRW 3500 has Version 3 sensors and the PRW 2500 only has the version 2 but in addition, it has the tide and moon function.

So I will say the PRW 2500 is a better watch for me if I have to choose one.

Hope they will launch a new watch which in-built with moon and tide function using Version 3 sensors, or even version 4.

PS ; I own both PRW 2500 and PRW 3500

Robert
Robert
4 years ago

Thanks for the roundup. I have been looking at the PRW6000Y-1A. I really want a Mudman; except that the mudman is just too big.

How hard do you think it would be to switch the LCD to a positive display? Can the polarizer just be reversed?

G-Central
G-Central
4 years ago
Reply to  Robert

Hmm I’m not sure you can convert the display. Do you mean the Mudmaster GWG-1000? Maybe try a Gulfmaster GWN-1000?

Gary Berzner
Gary Berzner
4 years ago

Thanks for your informative article. I have not been able to find a comparison of the prw 6000 to the prg 600y-1. Could you please explain where the prg 600y-1 fits in the above list and how it compares to the pre 6000?

G-Central
G-Central
4 years ago
Reply to  Gary Berzner

They are very similar in features but the PRG-600 does not have Multi-Band 6 timekeeping. I would say the PRG-600 is positioned as a mid-range analog-digital Pro Trek whereas the PRW-6000 is more towards the high-end. I plan to add it to the list soon.

Tom
Tom
4 years ago

Great roundup. I would encourage anyone reading this to please also read the one star reviews on Amazon for any model they are interested in. Most of the negative reviews are either cosmetic or personal opinion but they can also reveal model specific flaws.

Example: I’ve owned a prw-3000 1acr(black with negative display) for a few months. Recently it has started resetting itself for seemingly no reason. Upon researching Amazon and other forums, this particular model is effected by static electricity discharges (just now happening with my wearing fleece jackets for winter).

The watch is amazing but if I’d done more research I would have gone with a 3500.

Chris
Chris
4 years ago

How would you compare the PRW-2500R-1CR to GN1000GB-1A. Thinking that Pro-Trek may be slightly easier to read. But according to specs G-Shock might be smaller. Interested in hour thoughts.

G-Central
G-Central
4 years ago
Reply to  Chris

Hmm very different watches, PRW-2500R-1 is solar with dual-layer LCD display, GN-1000GB-1A is battery-powered and analog-digi with reverse LCD display. Personally I would prefer the Pro Trek here for the display and solar, but yes it would probably feel larger than the G-Shock.

Georges
Georges
3 years ago

Thanks for this interesting article, very helpful.
I’m considering one of the following Pro Treks:

1) PRG-600Y-1JF – analogue.

2) PRW-3100Y-1B – digital.

The 600Y looks much better imo but, unfortunately, lacks atomic time syncing.

In term of reliability and longevity, digital vs analog, for a solar powered watch, wouldn’t a fully digital watch consume less power and be more reliable since there are little or no moving mechanical parts?

Your thoughts on this would be appreciated.

G-Central
G-Central
3 years ago
Reply to  Georges

Yes I do believe digital watches consume less power and are less prone to malfunctioning than analog ones. But if you are using the sensors a lot on a digital watch it might drain the battery a lot. I think the PRG-600Y-1 is more of a dual-use watch (can be worn for both function and fashion, plus it has a great price), whereas the PRW-3100 would be more for the technical features, although I do think it looks nice too.

TC Burnett
TC Burnett
3 years ago

I have had a PRW 2500T-7 since they were introduced. It might be the best watch in the world. I sold both of my Rolex Oysters when I got this and have never looked back.

K Studnik
K Studnik
3 years ago

I wear PRW3000-1AER for almost 2,3 years non stop.
The watch has survived the renovation of the house with wall plastering, mud, swimming pool, biting by the dog and has only small scratches on the front glass and grated paint on the edges of the bezel.
About battery drain – I use barometer alot, and minimum battery status was “M”, for short time in winter.
So far, it will not find a successor in his price range and strength. BUT. yesterday I was in local watch store and PRO TREK PRW6000Y-1A caught my eye. It is time to start collecting cash 😉
Best regards folks 😉

Dale Rideout
Dale Rideout
3 years ago

Being so impressed with the function and accuracy of the PRG-600, I subsequently imported the PRW-7000 from Japan. I am not disappointed. Like my 600, the 7000 is less than 2 seconds off a month. I turned off the atomic time sync and perform it manually once a month. My favorite feature on the 7000 (besides its looks) is the ability to choose for the barometer to update every 30 minutes or the standard 2 hours.