You have to hand it to Casio, they make some fine watches. Not just expensive ones either. There are plenty of real bargains to be had that are easy on the wallet, but still packed with features. One such gem is the Casio AQW-100. This is a really interesting sports watch incorporating both digital and analogue timekeeping.
I was drawn to this watch because it has tide and moon data, not for any other reason (well, in all honesty the price played a part). I’d call this an impulse purchase in as much as I hadn’t really delved into the spec beforehand so there were some surprises in store once I opened the box!
I had been wanting to add a G-Shock to my watch collection for some time and I only had eyes for one model – the Gulfman.
Unlike other watch purchases, this for me anyway, was a simple choice. I didn’t have an exhaustive criterion to adhere to – barring a few features I required – the obligatory tide graph and moon phase.
I just wanted a Gulfman!
Things are never that straightforward though. I originally planned on getting the Casio G-9100-1ER. This is best described as the entry level Gulfman, primarily because it lacks solar power and atomic timekeeping. This aside, its a perfect daily wearer without a budget busting price tag.
I was pretty much set on this model until I saw the GW-9110-1ER.
The Casio Protrek PRW-2500 is one hundred percent function. It is definitely not a dress watch or simply for telling the time, no this is a rugged “man watch”, packed with features and tools – wholly designed for outdoor pursuits, such as hiking, climbing and kayaking.
The wife and I are keen hikers and its this pastime that got me browsing for ABC (Altimeter, Barometer, Compass) watches in the first place. I quietly whispered to myself… I don’t need one… I have managed perfectly well all these years without a fully fledged weather/navigational aid strapped to my wrist. Then I saw them. All neatly lined up flaunting their technological prowess. I’d stopped nibbling the bait. Now positively hooked and reeled in, I had to have one! Would you like a cup of tea dear?
Information gathering would be required. I take an analytical (some might say anal) approach to research, prioritising the “must have” features. Sometimes a compromise somewhere along the line has to be made – losing some functionality over a more worthy feature for example.
The leading ABC wristwatch manufacturers are Casio’s Protrek division, Japan and Suunto, Finland. Suunto is recognized as the go to tool for sensor accuracy whereas Casio Protrek for “G-Shock” like durability, atomic timekeeping, 200m water resistance and solar power. This is where the compromises start to creep in.
The battleground: Suunto Core vs. Casio Protrek PRW-2500.