Casio Pathfinder PAW-1500T-7V Watch Review: Boyhood Dream Come True

Casio Pathfinder PAW-1500T-7V Watch Review: Boyhood Dream Come True

Casio Pathfinder PAW 1500T 7V Watch Review: Boyhood Dream Come True   wrist time watch reviews

Watch lovers tend to appreciate watches starting at a young age. As a youth all I would wear was Casio watches, fascinated by the time telling wrist borne devices that seemed to be so much more than “just a watch.” Frankly, Casio was what my father would buy for me – but I quickly became a serious fan. I was extremely involved with the features that each watch had aside from it telling the time. Features such as the calendar, timer, alarm, and chronograph kept me comfortable in the knowledge that I had these tools at my disposal if I needed them. I then started getting watches with such amazing (for me at the time) functions like a calculator, thermometer, or a world timer. I liked to mix and match the models to find the one that had the most features I wanted. Those with the most features always seemed to be a bit more than my dad wanted to spend -which was fine as there is only so much that a kid needs (I needed something to look forward to right?). The last full-time Casio watch I had was in high school, and was a Casio G-Shock. So for a huge chunk of my life, I was a dedicated Casio watch lover.

At that point in my life I never did get that holy grail Casio watch that was bundled with all the cool features and technologies – until now that is. I finally got that dream Casio watch I always wanted, and I have to admit it is damn satisfying. Of course there is a distinct element of “I’ve always wanted one of these,”  in my current joy, but at the same time there is a level of refinement in a watch like this that you don’t even have in Swiss watches (which related to the user experience with the fucntions) More on that in a bit, lets go over what this beast is. This is Casio’s newest and most feature rich Pathfinder series watch (model PAW-1500T-7V. Its major claim to fame is its relatively thin size and complete list of features and functions. At $400 it is the most expensive (US) Pathfinder watch, but still a really good value. In fact, Casio watches are some of the best values around, period.

One of the pictures I took has the Pathfinder watch next to a card that comes with it that list out the major draws. Using my own language, I am going to write out a list of what I think best sums up the Casio Pathfinder PAW-1500T:

  • Titanium strap (comfy with micro adjustments).
  • Tri-band radio receives signals from three major atomic clocks around the world – to ensure watch keeps perfect time.
  • Solar cell recharges battery with most any light – never needs a new battery.
  • Tide chart
  • Moon phase
  • World time
  • Alarm, Chronograph, Timer,
  • Thermometer
  • Compass
  • Altimeter (with memory)
  • Barometer (with memory)
  • 200 Meters of Water Resistance

Casio Pathfinder PAW 1500T 7V Watch Review: Boyhood Dream Come True   wrist time watch reviews

What a list! I know it by heart as I keep mentioning it to people when I have them (force them t0) check out the watch on my wrist. I’ve never known of any other watch  that has all these features together. This watch is due for placement (as another Casio Pathfinder watch is) on the “watches fit for survival on deserted island list.” Check out the link if you haven’t already read one of my favorite articles that I wrote back when I first started the site. The idea is that because the watch has so many useful features and does not need to have battery changes, it is perfect for your life away from civilization and survival – but also makes for a perfect companion if your life isn’t as rugged and/or rustic.

Let me tell you this. Even if the features in the watch (aside from what is displayed on the default screen such as the time and date) don’t interest you – the watch is still incredibly useful. The main screen is very well designed, and is a result of Casio figuring out what to do best after years of trials. The most important function – telling the time- is done in a larger size and right in the middle. So many other watches like this push the time out of the way. The calendar functions sit above and below the time, with the moon phase being off to the left side. Other details on the face include information about daylight savings time (DST), the state of the battery and whether the watch is in power savings mode. An easy to use backlight button is placed below the face, and an auto backlight can be turned on when tilt your wrist (so you don’t even need two hands). Lots of little great features are in the watch – but you’ll have to read the manual to find them out if you aren’t a regular Casio watch owner. Which is an issue with the watch, but something you really can’t get around. The basic features of this watch are easy to use, but to be an expert with all the functionality you’ll need to delve into the manual. Casio, I have to give it to you, you have probably the best watch instruction manuals on the planet. Really, some other brands don’t have manuals at all, or ones that are worthless. Not Casio. With them you get a well written, clear guide to operating your watch. Look at the picture of the watch sitting on the manual. Pretty thick (the English language section is still about 120 pages), but purposeful.

Casio Pathfinder PAW 1500T 7V Watch Review: Boyhood Dream Come True   wrist time watch reviews

As I said, the layout of the buttons and information on the Pathfinder watch is really well done. The sections on the LCD display are cleverly used for several purposes. For example, the area with the smaller pixels used to tell the date is also used as the graph for the barometric pressure. The dial and screen is interesting to look at closely. Along with all the detail, you really appreciate everything that the watch does. The outermost ring is a rotating bezel, which is mostly used for navigational purposes in combination with the compass. There are little micro clicks, but it moves pretty smoothly. The bezel is a bit easy to move out of place and tricky recenter perfectly, but then again it adds a level of precision to the functionality. If you don’t know what I mean you will when you have the watch. The first part of the screen itself is the solar panel. You really wouldn’t notice it unless you know what it was as it is covered with little indicators that are used as part of the various functions. This was Casio’s clever way of not only hiding the solar panel, but also allowing for it to be placed on a watch with an LCD panel. Moving in more is a thin ring. In the default mode this helps you count the seconds in an analog manner, but also is used for such functions as the compass (and others). On the main dial you see a small sectioned orb on the top left, that is the moon phase display, and at the lower part of the dial is the special graph for the tide chart. This is all I will go over, if I went on like this, talking about each screen, you’d probably stop reading. Just know that pushing the “MODE” button or one of the dedicated function buttons on the right of the watch cycles through the various screens. Lots to play with and keep you occupied (all it needs now are games to play with).

This isn’t the first watch I’ve had that is solar powered, but it is the most advanced. This goes along with the radio controlled part. These two features are very welcome and work particularly well in the PAW-1500T. Casio has had year to improve and polish these functions, and it shows. The solar panel is charged by any light, not just the sun. The brighter the light, the faster it charges. At full charge the watch will last a long time, months really. Still, the watch is stingy with power, which is good. If the watch is out of light for long enough, it goes into power saving mode. This means the entire screen turns off, even though the watch is still technically on. It does this to save power. If you are wearing the watch and this happens, you just need to press and button to turn the screen back on. Alternatively, the moment the watch is exposed to any light, it automatically turns back on (this is really cool). As for the atomic clock aspect of the watch, things work equally well. you’ll have to break open the manual to learn all about it, but the watch will auto-receive or can be manually set to receive the radio signals. It doesn’t do so all the time as it would draw on the power too much. The watch has an antenna built in the top of the watch for this purpose. It will bore you to cover this more I am sure, but this is a well integrated function of the watch and results in making sure that the watch is always very accurate as it syncs with the atomic clock (located in Fort Collins, CO, here in the states).

Casio Pathfinder PAW 1500T 7V Watch Review: Boyhood Dream Come True   wrist time watch reviews

Looking at the watch itself again, you have something that is very comfortable to wear – surprisingly so for the size. Like I said, this is a very thin version of the Casio Pathfinder watches, and it shows. While not a “thin” watch comparatively speaking, it does not feel too hefty and sits well on the wrist. Further, the titanium bracelet makes the watch quite light. Plus the bracelet is tapered so that it is not too thick all the way around (an important feature). The triple locking deployment is easy to use and smooth. You’d think this Pathfinder watch weighed more given the size, but it does not. Yes, it does have its share of plastic, but none of the materials are cheap feeling. At about 50mm wide, the case is big though it wears smaller than it looks. The large flat case stays solidly on the top of your wrist and does not slide around I am happy to say. From a style standpoint this watch is all tech looking. Men will love the design. It is perfect for any activity, but I wouldn’t wear it with a suit. That is the draw back – do anything you want with the watch, just don’t wear it to a business meeting or on a date. When watch geeks are in the presence of watch geeks – show this awesome tool off – when women are around you can hide it under your sleeve unless you are hiking or doing outdoors activities (then you might look cool, or at least well prepared).

Casio Pathfinder PAW 1500T 7V Watch Review: Boyhood Dream Come True   wrist time watch reviews Personally I am very happy with this watch, and it satisfies me in a very primal way. Few watches I have feel so right on my wrist, even if they are more classy and feature more exotic materials and manufacturing. Perhaps is it a vestige of when I was a kid and am now just so happy to have the coolest watch around on my wrist? Or is it something else? Does Casio have some special watch making formula that just beats everyone else when it comes to immediate gratification and utility? I am not sure, but what I do know is that I won’t be giving this watch away, and I am quite happy and comforted that Casio keeps making watches like these. Which brings me to a final point. While the $400 Casio Pathfinder PAW-1500T  is no where near priced what some of the beautiful European watches I am used to ask for, and does not share their penchant for aesthetic, it does has something none of them have. Casio builds these watches in volumes that would cripple most other brands – millions of units as opposed to thousands or even just hundreds. For that reason so much effort is put into basic user functionality and enjoyment, because the watch has to work for, and appeal to so many people. This is what I mean by a highly refined watch, and this is what you get with the Casio Pathfinder. It is a watch perfectly suited for telling you the time plus lots of other appreciate information in a reliably and (most important) enjoyable way. For all that, it gets my aBlogtoRead.com Seal of Approval Award. casio.com

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29 comments
Buckbeek
Buckbeek

So, I've had the PAW 1500T -7V and, so far Im extremely impressed. I just cant say enough about having something that actually does what what the manufacturers say it will do, and do darn good at that. The Altimeter is my favorite function. Works so very well. I live in elevations from 2870 to 4000ft and she has been spot on every time. She sinks with the Atomic clock in Ft. Collinz, Colorado every night. Just a damn fine watch. I must also comment on the extreme ease of use and what a wonderfully easy to understand manual Casio writes. I guess what Im saying is as usual Ariel Adams is spot in as usual. This watch is a dream come true-child and man. ;)

Buckbeek
Buckbeek

I reckon what I should ask is, is the Pathfinder g shock protected? Will it withstand trauma like a g shock?

Buckbeek
Buckbeek

Just one question. Is "Solar Tough" the same as G Shock? This, is by far the finest watch Ive ever owned.

Joaquin
Joaquin

Id like to have more details about the tide graph. Tides differ in every place in the world so I guess thats part of the info that must be inputed in the watch. Is it giving the actual heights of hi and low tides? how does this feature works?

thanks for the great review

Joaquin

Rod Beckwith
Rod Beckwith

I have to say the watch is awesome, but the engineer who designed where the band connects to the watch should be taken out behind the woodshed.

I purchased one of these for my son for Christmas 2010 and he has broken the pins 3 times. He is a student at www.mma.edu and puts the watch through its paces fire fighting many heavy ship duties which seems this watchband can't handle.

There are pressure points so if you try to lay the watch flat there is incredible stress placed on the pins and they fail with very little effort. Casio claims that there is no other band that will work with this watch...which is in itself insane.

I am hoping to find or modify one that will work

Rod

Nick
Nick

I can't decide between the PAW1500-1V, PAW2000-1, or the PAW5000-1. I like the look of the 5000 the best, but like the features of the 1500-1V. Do you know if the accuracy is the same on all of these models? I know the PAW5000-1 is the newest model, but does that mean the technology with the sensors is improved over the PAW1500?

Overall the PAW2000-1 looks like it just has some "neat" features and a more casual look. Are there any advantages for the PAW2000 over the PAW1500-1V?

Mike
Mike

My wife just bought me a dream!!! Thanks for your review it helped sway me from a Suunto.
One question--How do you switch from metric settings on Temperature -celsius to farenheit? Please help this has been driving me crazy.

Abdel Allah El Misry
Abdel Allah El Misry

PAW 1500T-7V unfortunately has not the future of sunset and sunrise data

fredlc
fredlc

Casio Fan since 1983 so this review is just... great! Thanks for all this. I'll get 2000 PAW or PRW as soon as possible... or i noticed this week that there is the PRX-2000T-7JF available in Japan... and my wife is japanese!!! AH! 95,000 yen, 900 $!!! If Santa is cool with me... maybe! Anyway, this review is now on my favorite web pages.
Fred from France (poor in CASIO :-()

Rob
Rob

Bought this watch because of this review. Was very helpful, thank you. :)

Lavkesh Arora
Lavkesh Arora

wonderful website mate! Chanced upon it when I was searching for reviews on the newest pathfinder, the Casio PAW 5000. I already have a PAW 1500 and I love it to the core.

Reading this article was like reading my own story. I have always been very fond of Casio's and 5 of them in total. There are many more exotic watches out there but none of them can match the accuracy and ruggedness of a Casio. Its the underdog of the watch world and that why I love it.

Thanks for the article, loved reading it and will be coming back offcourse! Best of luck!

Louis
Louis

Thanks for the GREAT review of the PAW 1500T-7V but I have one GRIPE. The volume level of the alarm function is VERY LOW and is VERY SHORT in duration. My first casio watch was great. I used it for over ten (10) or so years and my favorite function was the five (5) alarms and the top-o-the-hour chime mode. If you set the alarms you knew you were getting up because the alarm kept going and it was LOUD.

While I have looked through the manual I cannot find a setting to adjust the VOLUME on the alarms. If anyone discovers a way to increase the volume please post the information. Hopefully I will HEAR from someone soon to help me turn up the VOLUME.

Otherwise, this is one of the COOLEST watches I have ever come across. As a boatsman, the tide feature is great, but the best feature is the 1500T's comfortable fit on your wrist.

James
James

Hi, I'm the proud owner of a PAW-2000T. i'm looking for another strap for it- either cloth, canvas or leather. Any ideas? Thanks!

simon
simon

Hi im trying to decide on the

1500T and the 1300T so sell me on having either one please.

Ive found a good price on e-bay for both so have to decide in the next 24 hours.

Simon Magus
Simon Magus

I just got one. I have tried leaving the watch on the dashboard of my car under hot sun for 3 hours. I have tried putting the watch in a freezer for 3 hours. I have tried 4 meters drop test on concrete floor. I had the watch in a water container about 1 meter deep(this is the tallest container I got) for half hour. I have not tried diving with it. So far everything is still working good and not a scratch on the watch. A reliable and durable watch. Recommended for heavy duty use.

Craig Walker
Craig Walker

Awesome write up on the 1500. Thank you. I do have a question though. My wife just bought me this watch and I it is the best watch I have ever owned. I plan on wearing it until it falls off my skeleton when I am lying in the grave.

I am though, looking for a Q&A forum or website to help guide me through all the uses and operations of the 1500. For example, sewttring the exact barometric pressure, the purpose of bidirectional calibration and how to, any battery charging tips, etc....

I just came out of the hospital for some neck surgery so understanding the manual and all the purposes is a little daunting to me currently, and will be for awhile to come. Any help with this will be greatly appreciated.

Thank You
Craig Walker

Matthew
Matthew

Ariel,
Congrats on the watch purchase!

I really like the Casio Pathfinder line because no other watch combines so many pratical (and some impractical) features into a single watch.

Over a year ago, I bought the PAW-1200T, which has most of the same features but lacks moon phase and tide information. It's amazing how light the watch actually is compared to it's size and functionality! It's nice to see that Casio widened and imprinted the knurled pattern on the buttons; mine are flat and small, which sometimes makes them difficult to push. Also, I think mine might be a little thicker, which makes it a little awkward looking on the wrist. However, like you said, I wouldn't wear the watch to a formal event.

That being said, I do wear the watch to work. I work in the military and take logs, which require that time be accurately noted. I originally wore an analog watch, but found that I repeatedly recorded the wrong time (converting the military time or simply one hour off because of hour hand placement) or found that my watch was off by seconds or minutes. The Casio Pathfinder displays military time in big digital numbers and I never have to worry about whether it's accurate or not due to the Waveceptor feature. I write what I see. Simple!

I admit that I haven't used a lot of the features, but the kid inside of me likes knowing that they're available if I somehow end up stranded on a desert island.

Nick
Nick

I really liked the 1500 but I was torn between it and the PAW1300-GV1. The only difference in functionality is the 1300 does not have the moon graph and a directional bezel. What is does have... are strap adapters for changing between the 2 included straps, one is extra big for use on the outside of a big jacket. The strap adapters also allow for third party NATO straps which looks very nice on that PAW1300-GV1. Only the PAW1300-GV1 have the strap adapters which is why they still go for ~$230 on Amazon right now.

I decided on a nato strap on the 1300 over the 1500..

Kristian Haagen
Kristian Haagen

Love G-Shocks! Wish I had brought my brain when I went to Tokyo last year...twice even! At that point I didn't think much about the Japan Only models. My fascination of G-Shock admittedly is rather new. Didn't grow up with these watches as I have always been a traditional Swiss mechanical fan.

Hence my late-bloomer Casio interest I only own two G-Shocks: Eric Haze and Spike Lee Anniversary Editions that were released last year for the 25 year anniversary of the G-Shock collection.

Brilliant watches, brilliant concept and the latest collaboration with Red Bull only adds to the ruggedness of these great Japanese watches.

Ariel Adams
Ariel Adams

Thanks, it makes me happy when people can related to my experience with this stuff.

James "Dan" Eger
James "Dan" Eger

I am the proud owner of at 1500 and the pin issue is the only gripe I have. Easy enough to avoid, just don't put the wwatch in your pocket when it's not on your wrist.

Where did you find replacement pins? My local jewler put in some pins that were slightly undesize and I am not impressed. I want to get the correct size replacments.

Thanks,

Dan

admin
admin

It is done when setting the time. There is a brief screen where you switch between imperial and metric.

admin
admin

Cool! Thanks for letting me know.

admin
admin

Really happy to offer you something good to read. Glad you liked it. See you back here soon.

admin
admin

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admin
admin

The barometer really only can be factory set I think. In terms of using the more complex functions, I would Google the names of the functions and such to get forum discussions and otherwise on how to use them. It does not need to be watch or model specific.

admin
admin

Hi Matthew,
Thanks for the excellent comment, I appreciate your response and thoughtfulness. I think it is clear that Casio watches truly inspire emotion. Look at how strong we all seem to be attached to them? Like you, when I need precision I can't help but go with a digital watch, but for style - analog is where it is at. Take care!

admin
admin

Hi Nick,
Thanks for the comment. I like as many features in my watches as possible, so for me the PAW-1500T is the best. Those of you who like "just enough" will find lots to love in other Pathfinder watches. Thanks for commenting.

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