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I was never interested on digital watches and in fact I never owned one. However some time ago I saw a photo of this one. I kind of liked it and in fact I liked it so much that I bought one. This is the Casio Pro Trek PRG-200.





This is a pretty large watch, at least 45mm without all the push buttons etc. However it is pretty thin compared to the other Casio's. This is actually the key feature I liked, I did not compare it yet but it seems to be as thin as a Seiko Monster or even thinner. 11-12mm with a ruler.











This is an ABC watch which means it has Altimeter, Barometer/Thermometer and Compass. The compass feature works on a second LCD which is superimposed to the normal one that tell's the time etc. The glass is the same hight of the bezel and so there is not much protection agains scratches. However the thinness helps because it limits, at least to a degree, the close contact with hard surfaces like walls, door frames, etc.





The other feature that I like is the fact that this watch can take regular straps, it has normal lugs with screwed in ends that work just like normal ones. The first thing i did, after setting the time, was to remove the plastic straps and install a Zulu strap. The fact is that the plastic strap does not fit my wrist and also there are some inserts on the lugs, that make the watch more appropriate for smaller wrists. All that went and I got myself a very comfortable watch strapped with a Zulu band. This can offer also several other "custom" ideas on how to make the watch more "personal" and likeable by anyone. I have some some with really nice leather straps for example.
The watch itself is really light in weight and feels good on the wrist.





The third feature that I liked about this watch is that it has buttons for the main programs, for example to use any of the programs one has only to push a button. Alti for Altimeter, Comp for Compass, Baro for Barometer/Thermometer. Can't be any simpler.


Interestingly enough these points mentioned above are actually the reasons why I was never interested in G-shocks or similar watches before... because these were thick, rubber strapped watches that seemed to be too complicated to operate.








Visibility and readability are good, I can tell the time easily just about always. In low light there is not much contrast though and so it is harder to see the digits, however this watch has another feature that seems to be useful: automatic backlight. Meaning the light on the display comes when it is dark, and you turn your wrist to look at the time. I did not try this as I don't really need it, however I used the manual light and this works well, showing the time without any problem.





The watch is solar powered so theroetically it will never need batteries replaced. It comes with a manual that explain the other 50 features that i did not read about yet as it is about 25mm thick... lots of data. It can even tell the time in several cities of the world, has a chrono and alarm functions. I made it through the first few pages so that I could set the time and play with a couple of featuers. So I don't have any measurments or test results on the accuracy of the different functions, but then again I am sure they will be within a certain tolerance. I did not really buy the watch for these though even if I like to have them... I bought the watch for the reasons above and I am really happy with it.


Sorry for the dust and fingerprints on the photos, I hope you enjoy.











 

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I didn't know the strap can be replaced with zulu without buying some kind of adapter first,
definitely on my top list :)
thank you for the excellent review.
 

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Thank you very much. Yes, I am still using the Zulu which is one of the most comfortable type straps around, but it is a bit sort of "casual" looking. Not bad but I would like something more proper for this watch. I was thinking that maybe a really nice special leather strap would be great. I just need to figure out the design... ;)


By the way, this watch keeps great time, a couple of seconds off in 3 weeks or so... it is just great!
 
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