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Casio Pro Trek PRW-5000Y Watch Review

Casio Pro Trek PRW-5000Y Watch Review  Wrist Time Reviews

New colors, new names. I last wrote about this watch when it was called the Casio Pathfinder PAW-5000 (you can see my full review here). This new model sports a slick new color palette as well as the “new way” of the Casio ABC watch range. “ABC” stands for altimeter, barometer, and compass, and usually was accompanied by the name “Pathfinder.” Ever since I was a find I was in love with Casio Pathfinder timepieces.

Casio Pro Trek PRW-5000Y Watch Review  Wrist Time Reviews

Now the Pathfinder name has been retired to streamline the collection with the naming system used for the rest of the world which is Casio “Pro Trek.” Until recently Casio was unable to use the Pro Trek name in the United States due to a intellectual property issue with Trek bicycles. The two brands formed an agreement and now Casio will will be able to use the Pro Trek naming system in the US. Starting this year you should be seeing newly branded Pro Trek watches. Finally, we can feel more like Europe and Japan.

Casio Pro Trek PRW-5000Y Watch Review  Wrist Time Reviews

When I reviewed this model before it was called the PAW-5000, but is here called the PRW-5000 (specifically the PRW-5000Y-1). The reference number change is odd, but who cares really. I think it is to help people know the Pathfinder versus Pro Trek models. aside from the name and color differences, the watch is the same as the PAW-5000, so the video review still applies.

Casio Pro Trek PRW-5000Y Watch Review  Wrist Time Reviews

Casio Pro Trek PRW-5000Y Watch Review  Wrist Time Reviews

The bezel around the dial is now in black coated steel with darker metal all around and a metallic blue inner bezel ring. Legibility is still high thanks to the white hands and hour indicators. A soft blue versus a more bold orange or yellow adds a calm trim to the face. While the new color scheme is not meant to serve as an improvement over the outgoing model, it is a nice new reason to look at the collection.

Casio Pro Trek PRW-5000Y Watch Review  Wrist Time Reviews

Casio Pro Trek PRW-5000Y Watch Review  Wrist Time Reviews

Analog/digital Pro Trek watches aren’t new, but each few years Casio offers a new one to keep up with the massive set of features that their latest and greatest Pro Trek models provide. This range is one of the best in my opinion and offers a very handsome alternative to the all digital Pro Trek timepieces. I’ve quickly become very attached to the collection due to the style and comfort. Even at 49mm wide, the case is light and airy, but solidly made. For a piece in this price range the detailing is very impressive.


Casio Pro Trek PRW-5000Y Watch Review  Wrist Time Reviews

Using a macro lens I tried to capture some of the more interesting details of the watch. One of the things that impresses me most is the number of parts and textures Casio is able to incorporate on the case and dial alone. The Japanese quartz movement offers a multitude of functions including (but not limited to) the time, full calendar, chronograph, alarms, backlight, timer, compass, barometer, altimeter, and world time. The movement is also atomic clock controlled, with a battery that is charged by the light. The Casio Pro Trek really is the epitome of the gadget watch is there every was one. Retail price of the Casio PRW-5000Y-1 is $480 (up from $450 for the PAW-500) and can be purchased online direct from Casio here.

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  • Casio G-Shock Riseman looks way better. I just wish they put a compass in Riseman.

    • StefanDumitrache

      to render the protreks useless? same way i wish protreks have 200m water resistance.

  • kris.c

    Nice, and very able, but still falls short of the PAW 2000 series for solar/atomic, and even better, the PAG 240 series for just solar (if atomic control is not a must): those are the the most advanced models that used the duplex LCD format, which is truly a rewarding experience.
    I certainly do not doubt that the sensor data is even further refined in this update, but as so much of that data is read on the LCD part of the dial, Casio did not afford enough legibility in my opinion. I also think using metal is a mistake.

    Now, I use my Pathfinders for camping/canoeing/trailblazing, etc; I wouldn’t consider wearing them as fashion items or casually, which is my thinking on ease of reading data, and materials makeup: the full Ti version with bracelet seems silly to me for a field watch, as it just gets dinged up like crazy even after 1 trip. The resin is lighter, and takes more punishment.

    • wolfecouture

      This is a Tough Solar model. It clearly shows at the top of the dial. First picture should be clear enough.
      world-wide, this model is also know as the PRG-500Y-1. It is new in 2011 and availability started as early as Mar.

  • John

    Great photo’s. I think this is your best work to date. Macro’s are challenging lenses but you got the framing and focus spot on.

    • Thanks John! I will keep at it.

  • Evaldas

    Hi, is there a version of this watch with the stainless steel bracelet? Thanx

  • Rob D

    The photos are remarkably clear, but I cannot tell if the hands glow. Are they luminescent?

    • The backlight can be set to automatically turn on with the twist of your wrist.