Although the annual trade fair in Basel is usually associated with fine (and often impressively expensive) mechanical watches, there is always a number of lower-priced models made by Japanese watchmaking giants that, while not looking particularly dressy or refined, bring to your wrist cutting-edge technologies that turn a modest quartz timekeeper into a miniature computer. The new Casio ProTrek PRX-7000T all-analog watch is one of these few.
Powered by a new incarnation of Casio’s famous “Tough Movement” collection of highly durable quartz calibers, the new ProTrek All-Analog PRX-7000T wristwatch brings to you a whole lot of useful functions, those including digital compass that lets you know where North is; barometer; altimeter that will work from -700 meters to as high as 10 kilometers; thermometer, which is accurate to 0.1°C; and even a daily alarm!
Well, if fact, there is a great deal of electronic watches in this price segment that can do just that and more, however, this particular model PRX-7000T shows all this information using an old school analogue interface: all sensor values are indicated solely by use of hours, minutes and seconds hands! Well, perhaps, except the date, which is displayed using good old calendar wheel, which is visible through a small window at 3 o’clock.
All these functions are intuitively operated using Casio’s proprietary Smart Access system that includes a number of push-pieces on both sides of the body, as well as an electronic crown switch that allows you to toggle between functions simply pulling or turning the rubberized part.
The whole assembly is protected from water, air and dust inside a massive steel body, which is treated with thin, but durable titanium carbide coating, which makes it as resistant to scratches as it was crafted from pure ceramic (I am not sure about dents, though.)
By the way, the bracelet is treated with the same ceramic coating, while the bezel uses the Japanese traditional Zaratsu polishing (although it’s probably done using CNC machines, not by a skillful hand of a master.)
Of course, Casio ProTrek watches never used to be particularly compact and this model is no exception. The body of the watch measures 57.00 x 50.10 millimeters and is almost 14 millimeters thick: pretty impressive for a timekeeper that is powered by a quartz movement.
Although main elements of the dial are covered with an unspecified luminous substance, there is also a “high-brightness” white LED element that illuminates the face of the watch making it especially easy to read the values of numerous indicators.
The Casio ProTrek All-Analog PRX-7000T watch was presented earlier this month during the Baselworld 2012 show. It will soon go on sale in Europe and other international markets. The price is yet to be announced, but I do expect something close to $1000 mark.
Casio ProTrek PRX-7000T specification
Price: $1000 (MSRP)
Movement: Casio Tough Movement, Module 5241, solar-powered, radio-controlled, Made in Japan
Functions: Hours, minutes, date, compass, barometer, thermometer, altimeter, daily alarm, stopwatch, LED illumination, Multi-Band 6 technology
Power reserve: Years
Case material: Stainless steel, coated with titanium carbide
Bezel material: Steel, Zaratsu polishing
Crown material: Rubber
Case size: 57.00 mm x 50.10 mm
Case height: 13.95 mm
Lug width: 22 mm
Hour markers: Luminous
Water resistance: 100 meters
Strap: Bracelet treated with scratch-resistant titanium carbide coating