Casio is releasing a new watch from the high-end Manaslu prestige line of Pro Trek outdoor watches which will include the PRX-8000T-7AJF (orange trim) and PRX-8000T-7BJF (green trim) models. The PRX-8000T is designed for maximum functionality and readability in high-altitude environments. The top of the line Manaslu series gets it name from the Manaslu mountain, the eighth highest mountain in the world that was first climbed and summited by a Japanese expedition in 1956. The PRX-8000T is the new flagship model, making it the top of the line Pro Trek watch. Casio America released the PRX8000T-7A with a list price of $1,500. Update (Feb 2016): Casio Japan also added the PRX-8000YT-1JF to the PRX-8000 lineup, featuring a black band and a diamond-like carbon (DLC) coating.
The PRX-8000T was designed with the help of professional mountain climber Hirotaka Takeuchi, the first Japanese climber to climb the world’s 14 highest peaks, and is designed for climbing summits like the Manaslu mountain which is 8,000 meters above sea level. The watch features a large analog display with large white index marks and carbon fiber hands. The index marks have a double luminescence coating for good readability in low light conditions. The watch also has an auto dual LED backlight. The back case, band, and other metal components are made of titanium to keep the watch light and feature a titanium carbide coating. Along with Tough Solar charging and Multi-Band 6 radio timekeeping, the PRX-8000T has the battery-efficient Triple Sensor Version 3 which includes sensors for compass bearing, altitude/barometric pressure, and temperature, all vital information for mountain climbers. The watch also has an atmospheric pressure tendency alarm which will notify the wearer of fluctuations in atmospheric pressure and potential weather changes. The bezel, buttons, and crown are treated with a diamond-like carbon (DLC) for extra protection against the elements and the watch face has a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal.
Along with the top of the line G-Shock models, the Pro Trek PRX-8000T is made at the prestigious Yamagato Casio factory in Japan like its predecessor the PRX-7000. The PRX-8000T is the most expensive Pro Trek model with a list price of 160,000 yen and will be released on October 31, 2015 in Japan. It will also have an international release as the PRX-8000T-7A and PRX-8000T-7B.
Casio Pro Trek Manaslu PRX-8000T-7AJF
The PRX-8000T-7AJF has a high-contrast display with extra large white index marks and luminescent hands. The second hand is orange along and one of the buttons has a red marking, and the city codes on the dark bezel are subdued.
Casio Pro Trek Manaslu PRX-8000T-7BJF
The PRX-8000T-7BJF looks similar to the PRX-8000T-7AJF except it had a green second hand and button.
Casio Pro Trek Manaslu PRX-8000YT-1JF
The PRX-8000YT-1JF has a black body and band with a DLC coating. Retail list price is ¥190,000.
PRX-8000T Promotional Video
PRX-8000T Features and Specifications
100M Water Resistance
Tough Solar solar powered rechargeable battery
Multi-Band 6 radio wave reception for automatic time adjustment six times a day
Low Temperature Resistant (-10°C / 14°F)
Digital Compass: measuring range: 0° to 359°; measuring unit: 1°
Barometer: Measuring range: 260hPa to 1,100 hPa (7.65inHg to 32.45 inHg); measuring unit: 1 hPa (0.05 inHg), atmospheric tendency graph (last 20 hours), atmospheric tendency alarm
Altimeter: measuring range : -700m to 10,000 m (-2,300 ft to 32,800 ft.); measuring unit: 1 m (5 ft.), 30 record manual measurement
Thermometer: Measuring range: -10°C to 60°C (14°F to 140°F); measuring unit: 0.1°C (0.2°F)
World Time: 29 cities, 29 time zones and Coordinated Universal Time
Stopwatch: 1/100 second, 24 hours
Countdown Timer: 60 minutes
Alarm: 5 daily alarms, hourly time signal
Other: Auto calendar; 12/24-hour format; battery level indicator; button tone on/off; auto dual LED backlight with afterglow: 1.5 or 3.0 seconds; Hand-concealment function
Dimensions: 59.7 × 52.5 × 14.4mm
Weight: ~140 grams