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[ProTrek Review] PRW-50Y-1B — Retro Tourist Watch

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I look at the dial and can’t understand at all: either this is a very historical watch, where the ivory color of the display was considered a certain standard in the watch industry, or is it just a modern style that originates from the past. Most likely the second option. Consider in detail a pretty model PRW-50Y-1BER in a traditional review on the blog of Casio fans.

As you probably already guessed, I will talk a lot about the design of the dial in the new PRW-50Y-1B. This is generally logical, since there is nothing fundamentally new in the PRW-50 filling, and I already considered the existing functions and cool technologies in the recent PRW-60, which, in essence, are analogue of today’s hero.

Very readable Arabic numerals – this is how the manufacturer describes the representatives of PRW-50 in their official news reports. No doubt, the clock cannot be different, because each hour mark [except for “5” and “7 received its own Arabic number. Damn, there’s nothing supernatural in it [it’s even a shame to describe], but for the Japanese, an abundance of numerical values is considered a very rare occurrence [except for PRW-6600]. If you specify with the ProTrek brand, I don’t immediately know who to remember at all.

A matte ivory background minimizes the flare [glare], so ProTrek cannot be recognized anymore. Yes, friends, PRW-50Y-1BER is changing the way the ProTrek travel brand is presented. Now this is not a big “puck” of a sporty appearance, the PRW-50 looks like ordinary, sorry for the expression, mechanical watch in a compact case with a traditional, even conservative style of the dial. If I saw such on someone’s wrist, I doubt that I could easily identify the brand.

I am very impressed with this state of affairs. Being an office and sports person, I don’t really want to change my faithful companion on my wrist every time, and it’s very nice to understand the watch’s functional potential even in ordinary city life.

In addition to Arabic numerals and a bright display, I would also like to note the design of the arrows and the actual toothed bezel itself [does not rotate, but with city indexes for moving time zones in world time mode]. The hands have become more compact [in comparison with the PRW-60], with more distinct contours, and the tip of the second hand is in harmony with the red inscriptions on the display. Even the regimen scale [at the 10 o’clock position] did not receive a separate segmentation on the dial, but simply settled on the main panel [which creates an atmosphere of minimalism].

Toothed bezel – such a cherry on a cake to the classic image of a watch. The fact that the metal bezel cannot but rejoice, because in the same PRW-3000 there were problems with this [the coating easily deforms with time].

Anyway, let’s not forget, the PRW-50 series belongs to the Climber Line division, which, as it were, makes them profile watches for climbers and other fans of mountain adventures. The interframe structure of the back cover reinforced the strength of the strap and the case itself.

A new engineering solution that contributes to the strength of the strap to the case [and not only]. The bottom line is that the strap ears are integrated into the case [which reduces the used space], and the innovative X-shaped structure of the case evenly distributes physical loads, thereby enhancing the shockproof characteristics of the watch [both from impacts and from external forces]. – text from material: ProTrek PRW-60 – compactness, specularity, convenience.

Compactness. The X-shaped structure of the case and the 3-version sensor [already standard in modern protrusion] allowed reducing the series to the following sizes: 50.5mm x 47.2mm x 13.3mm.

The manufacturer claims that the watch is comfortable to wear even under the cuff of a shirt or sweatshirt. I would not be so categorical, since the model is still difficult to call very thin. 13.3mm is kind of good, but the narrow cuffs make you rethink your watch dial. Yes, PRW-50Y definitely go away from the “washers” and fit perfectly with 90% of your wardrobe [probably].

Functionality and technology. The PRW-50Y-1BER received the most proven and advanced technologies, but they cannot boast of modern developments such as a pedometer or synchronization with a phone. I can’t call this a minus, since the existing set is praiseworthy: solar power [you just forget about changing the batteries], radio synchronization [automatic time adjustment by radio signals of exact time], smart head “Smart Access” [simplifies the use of functions], automatic correction analog time in the case of a rassynchron with digital [yes this can also be]. As for the functions, I’ll name only the most iconic ones: compass, thermometer, altimeter / barometer, world time, climb graph, stopwatch, timer, alarms.

Hand Shift is a function of arrows when they are in a neutral position so you can view information on a digital display. In the latest ProTrek models, I admired this feature because it was activated automatically. For example, you enter the stopwatch mode and the hands immediately move. There is no automation in the PRW-50Y-1BER. I even had to get into the instructions to understand the combination of buttons to activate the function. Fortunately, I found it – we clamp the backlight and the lower left button. Not the most convenient solution. And yet, the arrows do not fix their position at the time of using the mode, and each time you will need to remove them [reset the stopwatch, the arrows again fell into place]. In short, something did not work out with Hand Shift, although perhaps the manufacturer is trying to keep you up to date with the current time.

Strap. The material is silicone, but with the prefix “Dura-Soft”. To make you understand, this is silicone with improved runtime properties. Top polymer material at the moment according to its characteristics.

It is very soft to the touch and even stretches like a tight elastic band. I marvel at its comfort. The material is so “friendly” to the wrist that there is no feeling of sticking, “rubberiness”. I just had to use rubber options, then they are still very far from convenience. And here is a great alternative to skin and tissue [which often produce an unpleasant odor, or is it just me?]. The lever as it hints – the strap is easy to remove. And the new format for attaching the strap to the case is really very powerful – specifically pulled the strap in one direction and did not see the slightest signal for concern.

“Specifications of PRW-50”]

  • Case / bezel material: Resin / Stainless steel
  • Silicon band
  • Mineral Glass
  • Screw Lock Crown
  • Gray ion plated bezel
  • 100-meter water resistance
  • Double LED light
    LED light for the face (Full auto LED light, Neon illuminator, selectable illumination duration (1.5 seconds or 3 seconds), afterglow)
    LED backlight for the digital display (Full auto LED light, selectable illumination duration (1.5 seconds or 3 seconds), afterglow)
  • Tough Solar (Solar powered)
  • Low-temperature resistant (–10°C/14°F)
  • Time calibration signal reception
    Auto receive up to six* times a day (remaining auto receives canceled as soon as one is successful)
    *5 times a day for the Chinese calibration signal
    Manual receive
    The latest signal reception results
  • Time Calibration Signals
    Station name: DCF77 (Mainflingen, Germany)
    Frequency: 77.5 kHz
    Station name: MSF (Anthorn, England)
    Frequency: 60.0 kHz
    Station name: WWVB (Fort Collins, United States)
    Frequency: 60.0 kHz
    Station name: JJY (Fukushima, Fukuoka/Saga, Japan)
    Frequency: 40.0 kHz (Fukushima) / 60.0 kHz (Fukuoka/Saga)
    Station name: BPC (Shangqiu City, Henan Province, China)
    Frequency: 68.5 kHz
  • The auto hand home position correction
  • Digital compass
    Measures and displays direction as one of 16 points
    Measuring range: 0 to 359°
    Measuring unit: 1°
    60 seconds continuous measurement
    Hand indication of north
    Bidirectional calibration
    Magnetic declination correction
  • Altimeter
    Measuring range: –700 to 10,000 m (–2,300 to 32,800 ft.)
    Measuring unit: 1 m (5 ft.)
    Hand indication of altitude differential
    Manual memory measurements (up to 30 records, each including altitude, date, time)
    Auto log data (High/low altitudes, cumulative ascent and descent)
    Others: Relative altitude readings (±100 m / ±1000 m), Selectable measurement interval: 5 seconds or 2 minutes
    *1 second for first 3 minutes only
    *Changeover between meters (m) and feet (ft)
  • Barometer
    Display range: 260 to 1,100 hPa (7.65 to 32.45 inHg)
    Display unit: 1 hPa (0.05 inHg)
    Hand indication of pressure differential
    Atmospheric pressure tendency graph
    Barometric pressure tendency information alarm (beep and arrow indicates significant changes in pressure)
    *Changeover between hPa and inHg
  • Thermometer
    Display range: –10 to 60°C (14 to 140°F)
    Display unit: 0.1°C (0.2°F)
    *Changeover between Celsius (°C) and Fahrenheit (°F)
  • World time
    29 time zones (29 cities + coordinated universal time), One-touch UTC Time Zone Access, daylight saving on/off, Home city/World time city swapping
  • 1/100-second stopwatch
    Measuring capacity: 23:59’59.99”
    Measuring modes: Elapsed time, split time, 1st-2nd place times
  • Countdown timer
    Measuring unit: 1 second
    Countdown range: 60 minutes
    Countdown start time setting range: 1 minute to 60 minutes (1-minute increments)
  • 5 daily alarms
  • Hourly time signal
  • Hand shift feature (manual or auto (during altitude, barometric pressure, and temperature measurement))
  • Battery level indicator
  • Power Saving (display goes blank and hands stop to save power when the watch is left in the dark)
  • Full auto-calendar (to year 2099)
  • 12/24-hour format
  • Button operation tone on/off
  • Regular timekeeping:
    Analog: 3 hands (hour, minute (hand moves every 10 seconds), second)
    Digital: Hour, minute, second, am/pm, month, date, day
  • Accuracy: ±15 seconds per month (with no signal calibration)
  • Approx. battery operating time:
    6 months on rechargeable battery (operation period with normal use without exposure to light after charge)
    25 months on rechargeable battery (operation period when stored in total darkness with the power save function on after full charge)
  • Size of case : 50.5×47.2×13.3mm
  • Total weight : 70g

Backlight No matter how the Japanese boasted of Neon Illuminator technology, it is weakly felt in the PRW-50Y-1B.

Just the hour indexes did not receive any additional luminous elements and the entire Neon Illuminator touched only the 6-hour mark. Fortunately, a separate LED backlighting of the digital window fully extends the readability of information in the dark.


ProTrek PRW-50Y-1B is the same as other advanced watches under the ProTrek brand. The watch uses similar useful features and technologies, but only with a more reinforced case and materials. It’s just terribly reliable watches, which in no case need to be charged. The only and key difference from other comrades: the presence of a completely atypical light background of the dial, an abundance of Arabic numerals and a toothed bezel. And these three elements turn a tourist watch into an assistant for all occasions.

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Some FAQ moments about ProTrek PRW-50 Series

What is 100 Water resistance?

ProTrek PRW-50 is suitable for recreational surfing, swimming, snorkeling, sailing and water sports, but not suitable for diving.

What is Smart Access?

This ground-breaking CASIO system for analogue movements achieves multi-functionality and easy operability simultaneously through a combination of multiple motors and an electronic crown.

What is Tough Movement?

TOUGH MOVEMENT is a CASIO-original thin analog movement that is packed with a host of amazing features and functions. A MULTIBAND 6 function makes it possible for the watch to receive calibration signals for Japan (two signals), China, the United States, England, and Germany, for true international timekeeping. Movement durability and integrity are ensured by hybrid mount construction to protect against damage and by auto hand home position correction to keep settings accurate. A Tough Solar power system generates power from even small amounts of fl uorescent lighting and stores it in a secondary battery to help keep power-hungry functions running. The result is a totally new thin analog radio-controlled solar movement that embodies some of the very best technology that CASIO has to offer.

What is Tough Solar?

CASIO’s original solar-charging system converts not only sunlight but also light from fluorescent lamps and other sources into power.

What is Radio-controlled Watch; Multi band 6?

This watch receives time calibration radio signals that keep the displayed time accurate.

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