In the announcement, there is repeated mention of an innovative new “multi-motor drive’ that is at the heart of the movement. Casio in its’ geeky enthusiasm over tweeky engineering of micro-gadgetry trends exasperatingly toward explaining hidden mechanical zoo-zoos about which we have less than marginal interest. As drawn to high tech advances as I am, I have to say, “jeez, whatever..” So, the new whatsits makes the wheels go round – cool, glad they worked it out.
Solar, atomic, world time. stopwatch, alarm, altimeter, barometer, compass, temperature – typical Protrek, right? No, wrong. This one in a titanium and sapphire package is all analog and has all new guts. It’s Casio’s’ dive into the deep end – a concept watch finally ready to drop. Japan will get it first – release is scheduled for April 6, 2012.
What makes this piece so remarkable is the fact that there are no digital readouts and no sub-dials. They get all these functions to indicate their values through the use of four hands and one good old fashion date window.. “Smart Access” which we first saw on the Oceanus T-1000 and Edifice A1000 series products has found a practical application in the new Protrek. Navigation through all the features on this one-watch-does-it-all will be daunting for any user; any help in operating it is welcome.
It’s an attention commanding 50mm watch, so the fact that it looks pretty good is important. It looks good in a very techy way: dense indicia uniformly spread on the dial makes it masculine and intelligent. The hands are stubby and the hour markings are chunky squares – so the time is easy to read. And taking the easy to read thing one step further, the watch has both lume and auto LED backlight. For the American user though, there is one major problem – it’s a metric watch. Centigrade temperature and meters instead of feet presents a hurdle most American adventurers are going to refuse to jump. I doubt we’ll see this watch make it into this market at all.
At retail price, the watch is not cheap – just under $1800. You might be asking yourself if the watch is worth it – I say, where else could you get such a unique product – so much technology, so many features – at any price?
UPDATE – March 7, 2012 – Specifications
Specifications (as follows) have been published in the Casio’s Asian market press release – March 7, 2012
Performance – 100-meter water resistance; low-temperature resistance (-10°C / 14°F)
Digital Compass – Hand indication of north; bidirectional calibration and northerly calibration function
Barometer -Measuring range: 260 to 1,100 hPa (7.7 to 32.5 inHg); measuring unit: 1 hPa (0.1 inHg); atmospheric pressure change indicator (±10hPa)
Altimeter – Measuring range: -700 to 10,000 m (-2,280 to 32,800 ft.); measuring unit: 10 m (40 ft.)
Thermometer – Measuring range: -10 to 60°C (14 to 140°F); measuring unit: 0.1°C (1°F)
Radio Frequency – 77.5 kHz (DCF77: Germany); 60 kHz (MSF: UK); 60 kHz (WWVB: USA); 40 kHz (JJY: Fukushima, Japan) / 60 kHz (JJY: Kyushu, Japan); 68.5 kHz (BPC: China)
Radio Wave Reception – Automatic reception up to six times a day (except for use in China: up to five times a day); manual reception
World Time – 29 cities (29 time zones; daylight saving on/off) and Coordinated Universal Time
Stopwatch – 1-second stopwatch; measuring capacity: 11:59’59”
Alarm – Daily alarm
Other Functions – Automatic hand correction; low battery alert; date and day of the week display; full auto-calendar; full auto LED light with afterglow:1.5/3.0 seconds
Power Source – Tough Solar power system (solar-charging system)
Continuous Operation Accuracy at Normal – About 30 months with the power-saving function* ON after full charge. Power-saving after a certain period in a dark location
Size of Case – 57.0 × 50.1 × 13.95 mm
Total Weight – Approx. 120g
At the risk of being annoyingly redundant, I thought it best to include the complete description that was published in their press release
TOKYO, March 7, 2012 — Casio Computer Co., Ltd., announced today the release of the first all-analog PROTREK outdoors watch. The new PRX-7000T is equipped with analog hands that display compass bearing, altitude, atmospheric pressure and temperature.
Casio has leveraged its unique electronics technology to develop this groundbreaking analog watch. Based on the Multi-Mission Drive concept, the watch gives readouts of many types of data using only the hands. The hands are driven separately and operate independently of each other, playing multiple indication roles. The result is a functionally superior yet easy-to-use timepiece with a dynamically expressive face—a combination never seen before in an analog watch.
The PRX-7000T is the first PROTREK watch with an all-analog face, and it features three types of sensors that measure compass bearing, atmospheric pressure, altitude and temperature. It uses the hour, minute and second hands to indicate the sensor values, thus realizing the Multi-Mission Drive concept at a high level.
The watch is also equipped with Casio’s Smart Access system, which offers outstanding functionality and operability. Four hands operate independently, including an indicator hand that shows the mode. The analog hands fully indicate all the values measured by the PROTREK advanced sensor technology, without the use of the digital indicators that previous models had.
Casio’s Smart Access system features an electronic crown switch that, intuitively pulled or turned, allows the user to do things like adjust the altitude or set world times, for easy operability.
The bezel, back of case and watchband feature titanium carbide coatings for superior abrasion resistance, offering both strength and light weight. The bezel uses Zaratsu polishing, and the crystal uses sapphire glass with an anti-reflective coating, one of many fine details in the finish of the watch.
Equipped with Casio’s Tough Movement* featuring a solar-powered radio-controlled movement and a high-brightness white LED that clearly illuminates the hands at night, the PRX-7000T is a trustworthy friend in the great outdoors. Ain’t it great to be so well informed?
This video clip from plusadrive will give you an idea why this is such a special watch.
And here’s a video clip from watchtanaka in 1080p high resolution that you can check out in full screen mode to see the super-fine workmanship on this splendid timepiece. In the video clip below, WatchTanaka shows some of the actions launched by pushing buttons.
Other Protrek Posts – click to jump:
Nov – PRX-2500T-7JF, PRW-5100YT-1BJF
Sep – Gallery, Protrek and Pathfinder pictures
Jul – PRW2500-1, PRW2500T-7, PRW5000Y-1
Jun – Black Titan Limited PRW-5100YT-1 Special Edition
2011 Jun – PRW-5100G, PRW-2000G
More Manaslu, No Hands
New Protrek PRG-550 – Easy Reads via Second Hand
Neither a Manaslu or an atomic timekeeping featured model, Casio has announced, for the Asian Market, a new mid-level Protrek model that introduces a simplified method to display some of it’s features – read on..
TOKYO, March 7, 2012 — Casio Computer Co., Ltd., announced today the release of the PRG-550, a new addition to the PROTREK line of outdoor watches. The new model displays compass bearing, atmospheric pressure/altitude and temperature using both the second hand and a liquid crystal display.
The PROTREK series of outdoor watches make the most of Casio’s cutting-edge sensor technology to measure various kinds of natural data. This makes PROTREK watches very popular, not only among climbing enthusiasts, but also leisure hikers and car campers.
The new PRG-550 is an analog-face PROTREK model with three hands and an LCD. It is equipped with triple sensors that measure compass bearing, altitude/atmospheric pressure, and temperature. Each of these information types is displayed using both the second hand and the LCD. While the LCD displays numerical information, the second hand points north, indicates the latest change in atmospheric pressure, or shows the change in height from a pre-selected location, depending on the function selected.
Since the hour and minute hands always show the time, while the angle of the second hand gives the wearer an immediate picture of the compass bearing, altitude/atmospheric pressure, or temperature, the watch is very useful for planning the schedule and pace of a climb.
Several new colorways are anticipated for this model:
PRG-550-1A1 Black / White
PRG-550-1A4 Black / Orange
PRG-550-1A9 Black / Yellow
PRG-550-2 Blue / Green
Also equipped with Casio’s Tough Solar charging system that turns light into power for the watch, Neo Bright coated hands that improve visibility even in dim lighting, as well as a high-brightness white LED that clearly illuminates the hands in the dark, the PRG-550 offers a wide range of features that make any outdoor adventure better.
This product is announced to be released in the Asian market initially. No indication of price or further distribution are announced.