As through this world we ramble and through this world we roam we need a watch like the Casio Pro Trek. This monstrous new watch is Casio’s latest foray into the traditional triple sensor trekking watch and they’ve gone really bold with this model. With a massive bezel, amazingly readable face, and great features, the new Pro Trek is the best non-smart travel watch you can buy.

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First, let’s talk about the Pro Trek line in general. These watches have long featured a built-in compass, barometer, and altimeter. They are built like tanks and this model is 200 meters water resistant. The silicone band is eminently comfortable and the black case looks like something the Terminator would wear when he turns good. Add in an intuitive world-time feature, timers, and a usable stopwatch along with a solar-powered battery, amazing backlight, and radio frequency timing, and you’ve got a winner.

I wore this monster on a long trip to Arizona and Dubai and found myself loving it more and more. Because of the easy timezone switch I was always aware of where I was and what time I should be sleeping/tossing and turning. Further, the backlight was always readable and, although I use the alarm on my phone more, it was easy to set up the Pro Trek for a wake up call. The watch, which costs $359 and is new in the Pro Trek series, is a steadfast travel companion.

I am steadfast mechanical man and to wear this Pro Trek is a real departure for me. However, like the Amazon Kindle and a nice leather satchel, the Pro Trek is a stalwart friend during long travels and is a great hiking watch with a battery that will last indefinitely. While it doesn’t have all the bells and whistles of, say, a Suunto hiking watch, the Pro Trek is Casio’s answer to the tool watch and it’s definitely worth a look.

If the Seiko Orange Monster is our go-to tool watch this is our go-to digital watch. There are few watches like Pro Treks and Casio knows how to keep a good thing going. This update isn’t very complex nor is it quite evident what has changed but I was impressed and amazed by this piece and really enjoyed wearing it. Travelers and trekkers alike will love this thing and I can safely recommend it to anyone with a pulse and two feet.


  • Direction Bezel
  • Mineral Glass
  • 200-meter water resistance
  • Case / bezel material: Resin / Stainless steel
  • Silicon band
  • LED backlight (Super Illuminator) Full auto LED light, selectable illumination duration, afterglow
  • Solar powered
  • Low-temperature resistant (–10°C/14°F)
  • Time calibration signal reception
    Auto receive up to six* times a day (remaining auto receives canceled as soon as one is successful)
    *5 times a day for the Chinese calibration signal
    Manual receive
    The latest signal reception results
  • Time Calibration Signals
    Station name: DCF77 (Mainflingen, Germany)
    Frequency: 77.5 kHz
    Station name: MSF (Anthorn, England)
    Frequency: 60.0 kHz
    Station name: WWVB (Fort Collins, United States)
    Frequency: 60.0 kHz
    Station name: JJY (Fukushima, Fukuoka/Saga, Japan)
    Frequency: 40.0 kHz (Fukushima) / 60.0 kHz (Fukuoka/ Saga)
    Station name: BPC (Shangqiu City, Henan Province, China)
    Frequency: 68.5 kHz
  • Digital compass
    Measures and displays direction as one of 16 points
    Measuring range: 0 to 359°
    Measuring unit: 1°
    60 seconds continuous measurement
    Graphic direction pointer
    Bidirectional calibration
    Magnetic declination correction
    Bearing memory
  • Altimeter
    Measuring range: –700 to 10,000 m (–2,300 to 32,800 ft.)
    Measuring unit: 1 m (5 ft.)
    Manual memory measurements (up to 30 records, each including altitude, date, time)
    Auto log data (High/low altitudes, auto cumulative ascent and descent)
    Trek log data (up to 14 records of high/low altitudes, auto cumulative ascent and descent of particular treks)
    Others: Relative altitude readings (–3,000 to 3,000 m), Selectable measurement interval: 5 seconds or 2 minutes
    *1 second for first 3 minutes only
    *Changeover between meters (m) and feet (ft)
  • Barometer
    Display range: 260 to 1,100 hPa (7.65 to 32.45 inHg)
    Display unit: 1 hPa (0.05 inHg)
    Atmospheric pressure tendency graph (past 42 hours of readings)
    Atmospheric pressure differential graphic
    Barometric pressure tendency information alarm (beep and arrow indicate significant changes in pressure)
    *Changeover between hPa and inHg
  • Thermometer
    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
    31 time zones (48 cities + coordinated universal time), daylight saving on/off
  • Sunrise, sunset time display
    Sunrise time and sunset time for specific date, daylight pointers
  • 1/10-second stopwatch
    Measuring capacity: 999:59’59.9”
    Measuring modes: Elapsed time, split time, 1st-2nd place times
  • Countdown timer
    Measuring unit: 1 second
    Countdown range: 24 hours
    Countdown start time setting range: 1 minute to 24 hours (1-minute increments and 1-hour increments)
  • 5 daily alarms (with 1 snooze alarm)
  • Hourly time signal
  • 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)
  • 12/24-hour format
  • Button operation tone on/off
  • Regular timekeeping: Hour, minute, second, pm, year, month, date, day
  • Accuracy: ±15 seconds per month (with no signal calibration)
  • Approx. battery operating time:
    7 months on rechargeable battery (operation period with normal use without exposure to light after charge)
    22 months on rechargeable battery (operation period when stored in total darkness with the power save function on after full charge)
  • Size of case:?56.9?×?53.4?×?14.5?mm
  • Total weight: 94 g
  • LED:White

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