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Here comes the sun, it’s the Seiko Prospex SNE435

In yesterday’s Seiko review, I stated that the SRPA83 felt severely out of place on my wrist, what with my diving being limited to desks and the local pool on occasion.  Well, I think I’d put today’s watch, the Seiko Prospex SNE435, on the other end of that spectrum.  Sure, it hits the ISO standard for SCUBA diving, but this feels like one that won’t complain about some desk diving.

Movado Series 800 Unveiled

mvado.gifA Movado sport watch? With a wavy fact and big arrow hour hand? Perhaps someone is seeing their market share drop?

I don’t like Movado much – so much depends on that single big dot that you almost lose the watch – but this sports model, apparently a quartz piece, has some chops. It comes on a rubber or steel band and costs about $1,000.

Best of all, NFL MVP Tom Brady is flogging the thing and saying stuff like:

“Movado is all about style and precision and that fits exactly what I try to bring both on and off the field, so I hope it’s a long term association,” the New England Patriot said. “A professional athlete’s life is highly scheduled. I practically need military discipline to keep pace, so time is definitely something I’m interested in.”

Deep.

Product Page [Movado]
Movado Has a New MVP [FashionWeekDaily.com]

It’s frenetic and kinetic, it’s the Seiko Prospex SUN065

Today, we come to the end of the current trio of PADI special edition watches we had come in from Seiko.  They’re all dive watches, of course, but they approach things quite differently.  We had the purpose-driven mechanical and the solar-powered dressier option.  That then leaves us with the Seiko Prospex SUN065, which is unlike both of those that preceded it on our pages.

Playing the classics with the Hamilton Boulton

When it comes to classic, vintage looks, Hamilton seems to have a good handle on locking in that vintage, sometimes Americana, sort of a look.    While the Hamilton Boulton is a little outside the style I’d normally be drawn to, there’s something about that art deco look that just speaks to me.  So, we requested a loaner, and in one came.

Review – Tauchmeister 1937 Diver

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Ah, Aeromatic 1912. You enthrall us all with your magical timepieces. Many an eBay newbie has been drawn to your bold lines and unusual styling, as well they should. You’re taking chances, I suppose, and the only thing folks can say bad about you is that you’re not really a German watch.

That said, please welcome the Tauchmeister 1937 – Diver Craft 1000M Helium-Safe GMT Retrograde. Wow, that was a mouthful.

A diver, to be sure. A big diver—46mm with a 270 mm strap. It has a Citizen GP01 quartz movement and a unique, if unfortunately designed, retrograde GMT hand.

But what lies behind that handsome diver logo and bold orange? Nothing we haven’t seen before and won’t see again.

Exploring the Rocky Mountains with the Casio Pro Trek PRG-330

Pro Trek – Casio’s outdoor focused, rugged instrument timepieces seem to be making a comeback, improving features. looks, and toughness for this original player in feature filled outdoors watches. The PRG-330 is one of Casio’s newest Pro Trek Models, and features a triple sensor , coupled with solar charging and a large-number easily readable display.

I spent the last week wearing the PRG-330, including both knocking around town as well as camping in the Colorado Rocky Mountains. My general impression is that the PRG-330 is a tough, more minimally styled outdoors watch that could be the perfect blend of features and longevity, possibly at the cost of a bit of style.  The typically more energy hungry “ABC” functionality is perfectly paired with “tough solar” charging, and the big numbers are a pleasure to glance at.

Stay one step ahead of Mother Nature with the Solar Powered PRG300, incorporating Casio’s new Triple Sensor Version 3 engine. Advanced CASIO original technology has allowed for a 95% smaller direction sensor and 90% reduction in sensor power consumption compared to previous models. Despite their smaller size, the new sensors in this model delivers better accuracy and energy efficiency. This model can measure Altitude in 1m increments (previously 5m) and display compass readings with 60-seconds of continuous. Aluminum Panel Bezel. Design features include a compact, sleek case and soft urethane band for a better fit to the wrist. One-touch access to digital compass, barometric pressure/altitude, and temperature readings keep important information at your fingertips. Everything about these models is designed and engineered to make them essential pieces of outdoor gear.

First Impressions

For an outdoors-centric watch at a decent price, I was impressed with the presentation, fit, and finish – although this is not uncommon for Casio. The watch comes in a small wood-like box, and is presented nicely. When I opened the box, the watch face was blank, but as soon as I gave it some light and movement, it turned on, with the battery indicator reading “M”. The watch is not huge, and actually feels nice on the wrist. On the underside of the piece, in the space where the band interfaces with the watch case, there are nice rubber pads there, making the entire contact surface with my wrist soft and smooth. Additiaonlly, I was glad to see big, bright numbers on the face – very easy to read at a glance.

The big dissapointment with initial impressions is that the backlight is a white LED illuminating from one side of the face. It’s perfectly readable, but a LOT of light spills out the front, it’s very bright, and has a less classy quality than glowing backlights. Out of all features, this glaring white backlight to me is the largest fault of the watch.

On the Wrist

On the wrist, the PRG330 feels good. Pads under the band make it nice and smooth. The size is large enough to be substantial and legible, but not too big on my medium sized wrists. I love the large numbers, and relatively clear display.

I did a good amount of hiking and climbing with the watch, and grew to love the big numbers, big easy to push buttons, and solar power. The compass, altimeter, and barometer are nice features to have – but in practice, I never actually used them except to play around with. Out of all of the sensors, the barometer graph was the most useful, letting me see when the barometer was falling and a storm coming in. I’d love to see Casio’s Multiband-6 technology for atomic timekeeping.

Feature Review

  • LED backlight – The “super illuminator” white LED glares too bright for me, and lights up from one side. I’d prefer a glowing one.
  • Solar powered – Love this feature – I never have to change the battery or worry about the battery dying in the field.
  • Digital compass – Yep, it works. But why are there direction markings on the bezel, without being rotatable? This is confusing.
  • Altimeter – Once again, it works – and there’s a memory feature to save altitudes.
  • Barometer – I love seeing a barometer graph for assessing weather patterns
  • Thermometer – Shows up on the Barometer screen
  • World time: 31 time zones (48 cities + coordinated universal time)
  • 1/10-second stopwatch
  • Battery level indicator – Key for a solar watch, and making sure i have power in the field.
  • Power Saving (display goes blank to save power when the watch is left in the dark)
  • Full auto-calendar (to year 2099)
  • Accuracy: ±15 seconds per month – I’d love to have the MultiBand6 feature too.

Feedback

  • Switch out the white LED backlight for a green glowing backlight. Those white leds shining from one side glare, and are disruptively bright at night. A dimmer would also be great.
  • Why the direction markers on the bezel? If you can’t turn the bezel to lock in a direction, or save a direction, then get ride of that bezel.
  • It’s nitpicky, but the ProTrek brand name and logo in general -I hate it. The logo font seems like it’s trying hard to look “outdoorsy”. I’d love a new more modern font to really take these timepieces seriously.

Should You Buy It?

Looking for a well features, sure-to-be-durable outdoors watch that just simply works? Then this could be a great choice. But if you’re looking for a truly refined field instrument, or something to model for instagram photos in, then you might want to keep looking.

Final Thoughts

Casio ProTrek PRG330 is a well-featured ABC outdoor watch, with an easily readable display, solar powered dependability, and comfy wearing,. Except for the glare of the backlight, omission of radio controlled time setting, it’s a great piece for the price.

  • Brand & Model: Casio Pro Trek PRG-330
  • Price: USD$200
  • Who we think it might be for: Outdoors people looking for a reliable wrist instrument. 
  • If I could make one design suggestion, it would be: Fix the backlight to be a glowing type instead of side LED type.
  • What spoke to me the most about this watch: Big numbers and solar charging.

 

Specs

  • Case and Bezel material: Resin – Aluminum
  • Band material: Resin
  • LED backlight (Super Illuminator)
  • Solar powered
  • Digital compass
  • Altimeter
  • Barometer
  • Thermometer
  • World time: 31 time zones (48 cities + coordinated universal time)
  • 1/10-second stopwatch
  • Battery level indicator
  • Power Saving (display goes blank to save power when the watch is left in the dark)
  • Full auto-calendar (to year 2099)
  • Accuracy: ±15 seconds per month (with no signal calibration)

Hangin’ tough with the Citizen Promaster Tough

One never quite knows what musical melodies can pop into ones mind, and you’ve seen those color article titles from time to time.  Well, todays article is no exception to that, with the nod going to those newest (now old) kids on the block.  That said, this new Citizen Promaster Tough has nothing to do with that boy band, other than having a name that reminded me of the song.  I’ve been spending time with the Citizen Promaster Tough lately, and want to tell you a bit more about it.

Going old school with the Tissot Heritage Visodate

It was all the way back in the golden days of 2014 when I first experienced the Tissot Visodate (you can see that here). I came away favorably impressed from the review, but if memory serves, it felt like the watch was just a touch thicker than I would have preferred. Well, fast-forward to 2019, and we’ve got the Tissot Heritage Visodate addressing that concern.

The December 2017 WWR Giveaway – an Auguste Reymond Cotton Club Q Orbital Moon

Hey, so you know how we like to bring you word of brands we (and, most likely, you) haven’t heard of before, right?  And you know how we like to hook you up with cool watches and accessories each month, yeah?  Well, today, we’re able to combine both of those things in one, with our newest giveaway for a Auguste Reymond Cotton Club Q Orbital Moon.

The Shinola Runwell – it’s not just for your wrist anymore

You know me – while many folks seem to want to dismiss Shinola as just another marketing story attaching itself to watches built in a city rising from a fall, I’ve been a booster for the brand. This was only further solidified when I toured the factory and saw first hand the work being done.  You’re no doubt aware that they’ve expanded past watches, and today we’re looking at another one of their diversions – the Shinola Runwell clocks.