This year Casio took the PRW-5000 we reviewed last year and gave it a makeover: PVD case, blue highlights and an almost stealth look. Let’s start with the specs for the new version, model number PRW-5000Y-10R:
- Altimeter/barometer, compass and thermometer
- Tough solar power, 5 month power reserve
- Tough movement with automatic hand position correction
- Water resistant to 100m (330ft)
- Six-band atomic (radio) receiver, rated for +- 15 seconds per month if no signal
- Altimeter: -2,300ft to 32,800ft (-700m/10,000m) A good watch for Everest, perhaps!
- Temperature sensor: 14F to 140F (-10 to 60C).
- Mineral crystal
- Black ion-plated stainless steel case, buckle and bezel
- Rubber strap with color-matched logo on keeper
- Small inset multifunction LCD for numbers, graphs and indicators
- World time, 29 time zones plus UTC
- 1-hour stopwatch, 1/100th resolution
- 1-hour countdown timer
- Five daily alarms
- Digital compass, 20 seconds of readings at a time, 1 degree resolution
- Casio module 5114 (PDF manual here)
- 49mm by 14.6mm, 85g
By way of comparison, here’s the previous model with orange details.
A bit bolder, and the plain steel case shows up more as well. I really like the new version, I think the choice of dark blue and black IP adds to the versatility of the watch without detracting a bit.
Since the previous review has a comprehensive review of features, let’s spend time on the changed appearance.
The bezel is now a deep, reflective blue that looks black until you get very close. Similarly, the display arc from 11 to 3 is also deep blue, as is the multifunction second hand and ‘ProTrek’ logo on the dial. It’s a really good look.
Yes, even the button text and labels are blue!
As is the logo on the strap keeper. Nice IP on the buckle, and the subtly beveled edge of the strap – little things that add up.
Nicely done caseback, also shows the composite steel/rubber construction.
It wears great, and as I said in person the blue highlights are hard to see from more than normal viewing distance.
It’s not small, but it’s tapered to go under baggy cuffs and quite lightweight at 85g.
On my 7.5″ wrist, there’s quite a bit of strap left and it’d have no problems going over a wetsuit with the stock strap.
I said in the previous review that the PRW5000 was my favorite Pathfinder, and in all honesty this one has just taken the crown. The black case and blue highlights make for a subtler, more expensive look that calls attention to itself much less; you could easily wear this in a semi-casual work environment now and go straight from desk to trail.
List price on this model is $480, which is $30 more than the last revision; you can still get the orange version if you prefer it. Since the module is the same, you really are just paying for the style difference. As the high-end Pathfinder, it’s fairly expensive but in my opinion still a good value. As always, Casio has a range of prices and features in the Pathfinder series if this model is too expensive for your budget. (See our PAG-240 review for a current example.)
I think Casio has a winner here. The combination of legible analog display, usable digital for graphs and numbers plus improved appearance makes for a functional, versatile and durable watch.
Our thanks to Casio for the review watch.