Casio Protrek Triple Sensor PRG-510T-7V - first impressions

Well, I can't believe I actually bought a watch that's not tritium after my Traser's and Tawatecs. But this thing's got 5 ALARMS. And I need an ALARM sometimes. Mainly because I burn late oil writing reviews and such. I'm thinking the convenience of being able to fall asleep WHEREVER and not worry about having my cell phone next to me in case I'm beat up in the morning and don't wake up - that's worth a try. There's no snooze, but I set two timers in case I'm a pig and ignore the first one.

This Casio is very easy to read - high contrast white hands over a dark dial. It has a titanium bracelet. And light as HELL! Very, very comfortable. It looks big but it's nuthin' on your wrist.

ANYWAY, no great experience here to draw from, it only just came today from Creation Watches. It was $375, not cheap, but no worries working with power tools either. It's not like it cost a fortune. This isn't the one that calls home to Tokyo every day (whatever) and syncs with the "world clock". I actually like to set my watches fast, because I tend to arrive just in time. It always helps me get my azz in gear when I see the time is 7 minutes fast. Yeah I know it's fast, but when I'm rushing around I swear it helps. So exact time is OK but I'd rather be able to set it this way.

Re-sizing the band was pretty easy with my $3 tool I got online and a pair of needle nose pliers. When I first looked at the "manual" I was like, Oh geez!!! But ya know, after the initial G-Shock wore off of a hundred pages of features, I learned how to set the time, and fooled around with a few of the other functions in about a 1/2 hour. Good owner's guide actually. Understand all my other watches have a second hand, and show the date. I haven't anything like this in decades. My pictures show the LED at all zeros because I was playing with the stopwatch before I took the pics. Normally the LED shows the day and date.

No tritium but it has a light, which is cool. The folding clasp on the buckle seems to stick out a but when locked. It's not totally low-profile. Maybe I just got a bum one, or maybe it's the way they are. Hard to say. Doesn't look torqued or damaged. Wearing the watch on the inside like I do, I'm wondering if that clasp is gonna catch on my jacket sleeve.

One thing I noticed was Casio says in the manual, swimming, skin diving, water sports etc. is OK with their 100m water resist rating. Because I have read plenty of owner's documentation from companies that rate their pieces at 100m and tell you NO diving, no swimming, etc. I mean, pleeeeze. Either the watch can keep water out at 100m or it can't. So many informative articles have been posted about that here. But although I know a little bit about how arbitrary the standards are, it still makes me laugh. Casio does tell you to take it off if you're gonna use shampoo and chemical products, because they compromise the seals.

I love Creation Watches by the way. I had ordered a Citizen Diver Mega-Monster (whatever that thing is that's as thick as 10 silver dollars taped together) and at the last minute some guy's review tipped me off as to how thick it really is. And they pulled my order at the last minute right off the loading dock and gave me my money back.

List of Features:
(just don't ask me to demo them for you)

"Double-lock, 1-press, 3-fold Buckle"
Titanium Band
Solid Band
100-meter water resistance
Mineral Glass
LED light
Full auto LED light, afterglow
Solar powered
Low-temperature resistant (-10 C/14 F)

Digital compass
Measures and displays direction as one of 16 points
Measuring range: 0 to 359
Measuring unit: 1
20 seconds continuous measurement
Hand indication of north
Bidirectional calibration and northerly calibration function
Magnetic declination correction

Measuring range: -700 to 10,000 m (-2,300 to 32,800 ft.)
Measuring unit: 5 m (20 ft.)
Hand indication of altitude differential
Manual memory measurements
(up to 14 records, each including altitude, date, time)
High Altitude / Low Altitude memory
Total Ascent / Descent memory
Others: Reference altitude setting, Altitude tendency graph
*Changeover between meters (m) and feet (ft)

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
*Changeover between hPa and inHg

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), daylight saving on/off
1/100-second stopwatch
Measuring capacity: 59'59.99''
Measuring modes: Elapsed time, split time, 1st-2nd place times

Countdown timer
Measuring unit: 1 second
Countdown start time setting range: 60 minutes
Countdown start time setting range: 1 to 60 minutes (1-minute increments)

Daily alarms
5 independent daily alarms
Hourly time signal
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 (moves every 10 seconds), second
Digital: month, day, day of the week
Accuracy: +/-15 seconds per month
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/total weight: 56.8 X 49.3 X 14.2 mm/112 g

Credit for MikoDel - WUS Forum
Casio Protrek Triple Sensor PRG-510T-7V - first impressions

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