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[ProTrek Review] These Mysterious Ana-Gigi PRW-6000-1

It’s time to study one of the last representatives of the ProTrek line of the PRW-6000-1ER model, which is considered to be the second after the PRW-3000 with an updated sensor [the newest ProTrek representative at the moment is PRW-3500].

My acquaintance with the trecks began with the PRW-3000 [PRW-3000 – honestly about the beautiful], which, although they received an updated sensor, fell in my eyes after significant wear on the bezel. Well, how is it, obvious tourist watches with such a defect? I do not even know. I’m trying to find excuses and so far I don’t see them. Probably the watch is designed more for running or swimming than for more aggressive tourism.

And now, I look at the PRW-6000-1ER and observe the atonement for all the shortcomings: the bezel is metal [stainless steel], the buttons are metal [at least the crown], the case is a single molded structure [albeit plastic]. And this is really a solid piece of steel, and not just for visibility [as it was before].

I believe that the problem of bezel fraying in the PRW-6000 simply does not exist. I was also surprised by the presence of steel [both in color and in composition (although I can be mistaken)] buttons, where the scarred surface stands out very nicely against the general background.

This is a completely different level of ProTreks, gentlemen, and the PRW-3000 series seems to be just a kind of “offspring”. Alas, it was just such feelings that I had, although comparing the PRW-3000 and PRW-6000 is also not very ethical [if only for the simple reason that both models are of completely different types of dials: an-digi and fully digital].

The hands in a multi-function watch can be loved and hated, but this is a matter of taste, and Casio people are accustomed to adapt to different taste needs of a person [take only a variety of color options of the same model]. Only, the Japanese learned to make a digital watch a long time ago, but combining the “arrow” with the “digit” will be more serious [technically], but they still succeeded. It was possible to make not only a clock with arrows, but a clock where the arrows perform many functions, and this is really cool.

Well, let’s move on to the functionality of the watch, since I’m talking so much about it. In PRW-6000-1ER, one just cannot help but notice the so-called “crown”, which has a very serious name – Smart Access. Now attention! If this is the first time you have heard this technology, it’s not so easy to deal with all the subtleties [I already remembered it by the GW-A1000-1AER model]. But this is only if you do not understand the principle at all, and then it’s a matter of habit. I was lucky, I already know that you need to press the button and crank [and that it can still be pushed one click].

The first thing I’m trying to figure out is setting the time. This is the most basic setting that every owner should know, and, you know, it was difficult for me to do. The standard methods [clamp “adjust did not help me, so I had to plunge into this wonderful world of Casio instructions [I use only the official English version]. It turns out that the manufacturer is confident in the operability of the radio synchronization function, and considers manual tuning not so necessary. It’s all cool, but the coverage of the CIS countries [by the German tower] is very sad, so our market is de facto forced to know the manual tuning.

First you need to pull out the “head” [excuse me] for one click, and then [when rotating] select the desired time zone [city signs on the bezel]. In principle, as soon as I chose a suitable time zone, the arrows immediately became in the positions I needed, but I decided not to stop there [what if there was an inaccuracy?].

If you want to work with “pens” on each arrow, then press D once once and the electronic board will tell you which arrow is currently activated [HOUR-MIN should appear first – minute]. Next – just rotate the crown and the minute hand will be at the desired position. Trying to switch to the hour hand? The diagram below will help you.

Although the hands of the PRW-6000-1ER are “empty” and the electronic window is visible through them, you can still tilt them to the neutral position at the two o’clock position [hold the backlight and the lower left button at the same time]. As our readers have already said, you need to do this only with two hands, and if the watch is on your hand, moving the hands is rather problematic [let’s say it is inconvenient, even very]. And I didn’t like that, for example, in the stopwatch mode, I can’t remove the arrows completely for a while, and just press STOP – the arrows move to their usual location. Here, it seems like the Casio are trying to do everything right, but there are still flaws. I hope in the new models we will see more usable solutions.

I will not talk about functions anymore, there are plenty of them in the PRW-6000-1ER [after all, an ABC watch is an altimeter, altimeter, compass plus a thermometer. I also like the hourly alarm and there is resistance from cold to -10].

Backlight

The backlight in the watch is, and very good. It is also called “Double LED” – when not only the electronic display is illuminated, but also the surface around the arrows. Only the substantial brightness of the digital window confuses, while the light is distributed more or less evenly across the main display. To consider both the arrows and the “number” is not difficult.

Band

The strap is large and resilient [seemed even stronger than the PRW-3000]. There are linings on the inside – a very convenient feature. Branded inscriptions are also approx.

“Specifications of PRW-6000”]

  • Case / bezel material: Resin / Stainless steel
  • Resin Band
  • Mineral Glass
  • Neobrite
  • 100-meter water resistance
  • Double LED light
    LED light for the face (Full auto LED light, selectable illumination duration, afterglow)
    LED backlight for the digital display (Full auto LED light, selectable illumination duration, afterglow)
  • 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 second to 60 minutes (1-second increments, 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, 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)
    23 months on rechargeable battery (operation period when stored in total darkness with the power save function on after full charge) Size of case : 57.9×52.1×12.8mm
  • Total weight : 72g

Conclusion

PRW-6000-1ER can be called the best ProTrek analogs in the entire history of the lineup. To be honest, I don’t even look at old ana-Digi tracks for the simple reason that they use the old sensor. The assembly is very high quality, and the metal bezel this time inspires confidence [in terms of stability]. Lovers of arrows and functions – this is your choice.

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