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[ProTrek Review] PRW-60FC-1A — black beauty with a composite band

What I like about the ProTrek lineup is its built-in spirit of adventure. G-Shock and, as it were, were also created not for the office [although it is already doubtful], but here in the “tracks” there is its own separate highlight, philosophy, tourist image. That is why I could not get past the unique model PRW-60FC-1AER.

We usually don’t take the series that previously appeared on the blog. Well, why consider a different color if there are no other features in the watch? PRW-60FC-1AER is not like that … It’s a completely different watch: it beckons with its black color, strap and style. This is what we’ll talk about in a traditional review on the Casio fan blog.

If in the PRW-60-2AER model I was surprised at the metallic glitter on the bezel, hour markers, then today’s hero can be called the exact opposite. This is a total black model – or a “piece of coal” – as I like to describe this kind of style. Steel spraying is still present at time stamps, but it is not so noticeable anymore.

Black bezel, black background of the dial, black bracelet, inverse electronic window [when the background is dark and the numbers are transparent], even the black back cover – all this creates a premium quality product. It’s definitely not about tourism, but more about watches for every day and for different life situations, because it definitely doesn’t smell like sports [at least at first glance, while the inside is about sports].

My first contact with a real composite strap happened in the review of the GW-B5600BC-1 model [GW-B5600BC-1 – ultra-light and ultra-functional], and then I fell in love with this type of mount. Honestly, I never liked a bracelet type. I even considered it a certain element of “show-offs,” since there are 0 amenities and a lot of visibility. Do not take it seriously, the subjective opinion of one person should never be taken into account as the truth of the first instance.

So, PRW-60FC-1AER received a composite strap, which looks like a metal one, but in fact it is a urethane material with metal inserts and other polymer elements contributing to its strength and comfort of use. Such an official description and I am inclined to believe him, whereas by sight I point blank do not see any polymer or urethane [just like metal]. Only the weight of the model treacherously says the opposite – the watch is very light and does not correspond to the volume of the components [97 grams].

The fastener deserves special attention, namely its working mechanism. In general, the bracelet is quite traditional with the exception of an additional protective “loop”.

To open the bracelet, you need to press the two side buttons of the clasp, but to avoid accidental clicks there is an additional latch that must first be opened.

I tried to convey this moment in the photographs. The goal is one – to be even more reliable, because the positioning of the PRW-60 is not just tourist, but even bolder – for mountaineering.

I will not go deep into the functional part, since I considered something in the first review, and I can’t say that in PRW-60FC-1AER you will find something completely unique: a triple sensor [compass, barometer / altimeter, thermometer – everything is possible calibrate to perfect accuracy], stopwatch, timer, 5 alarms, hourly alarm, calendar, time in another time zone. Ok, I’ll also show the display of some modes in practice, where the arrows themselves took a neutral position on the display [Hand Shift function].

Display time in a different time zone (World Time)

Stopwatch

Thermometer

Compass

You can calibrate each indicator using the Smart Access head. Before use, you need to unscrew it so that it “crawls out” directly (as in the photo above).

“Specifications of PRW-60”]

  • Case / bezel material: Resin / Stainless steel
  • Silicon band
  • Mineral Glass
  • Neobrite
  • Screw Lock Crown
  • 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 : 69g

It seems nothing special, but I do not agree. This functionality can be used to the maximum in life, there would be a desire. But unlike the new-fangled smartwatch, the PRW-60FC-1AER works without the help of an outlet – the watch charges itself using Tough Solar’s solar power technology. Automatic radio synchronization with accurate time signals from six towers scattered around the world [MultiBand6 technology] is responsible for accuracy.

Sapphire crystal and Neon Illuminator illumination are another gift from the manufacturer and a sign of elite origin.

Conclusion

PRW-60FC-1AER cannot but admire. Thanks to such a black style, the watch is harmoniously combined in both business and sports. The model is saturated with the many traditional features of the Japanese brand and captivates fans of the conservative use of watches, rather than all kinds of “smart” devices.

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