Today, we’re going to bring you a review of a watch that has about the best endorsement I can give – I actually bought the thing!  The watch in question is the Casio Pathfinder PAW1300-1V, and was purchased as a gift for my dad.  So, why did I settle in on this one?

I ended up getting this watch because it packs quite a lot of technology into its resin case.  Let’s just do a quick run-down of the functionality that it offers:

  • 24 Hour countdown timer
  • 1/100th of a second stopwatch
  • 12/24 hour format selection
  • 5 daily alarms
  • World time (30 cities loaded)
  • Digital compass, altimeter, barometer
  • 5 band atomic time synchronization
  • Solar charging

As you can see from that list, this is more than a simple digital beater.  What first drew me to this watch were the solar power and atomic synch functions.  Basically, this means the watch will always be accurate, and is going to run for a good long time, so long as it’s out in the sun now and again.

All of the other features were just icing on the cake.  My dad is out in the woods quite a bit backpacking, so the digital compass, and other features, will definitely come in handy for him.

Rounding out the watch, you’ve got water resistance to 100 meters, EL backlighting (which can turn on as soon as you tip the watch to look at the time), and a 47mm resin case and 21mm band.  Now, that case size sounds like it would be a big watch – and it is, but it wears much smaller than you’d think.  In large part, that’s due to the light weight of the watch.

Coming in at around $200 or so, this measures up as a good deal –  and it’s a simple watch to operate.  Without even digging through the manual, I was able to figure out all the settings.  If you’ve been on the fence about any solar-atomic watch, this would be a great choice for you.

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