Casio G-Shock “Master of G” Buyer’s Guide
Update: G-Shock is releasing new Master of G models at a rapid pace. Please visit the following tags to see the latest articles about new Master of G watches.
Master of G : G-Shock’s professional line of watches with specialty functions Frogman : Diving watches with ISO Diver’s 200M Water Resistance Gravitymaster : Aviation pilot watches Mudmaster : Mud-resistant analog-digital watches with sensors Rangeman : Mud-resistant digital watches with sensors
The Master of G line has always been about featuring the latest technology in G-Shock watches and that tradition continues with the current models. Master of G is also known as the “Professional Series” and consists of specialty watches that are targeted toward certain occupations and activities. Each model fits into one of three categories: land, sea, or air. Master of G watches are ruggedly stylish and have a certain prestige among G-shock enthusiasts. It should be noted that with the exception of the G-9100 Gulfman and the previous generation G-9000 Mudman, the current Master of G lineup is significantly larger and wider than standard G-Shock models like the DW-5600 or DW-6900.
G-Shock G-9300 Mudman
The G-9300 is the latest generation of the Mudman and adds Tough Solar, a digital compass, thermometer, and moon phase graph. In addition to being mud-resistant, it is also dust-resistant. The missing feature here compared to the rest of the current Master of G lineup is Multi-Band 6 radio wave time synchronization. There is also a Japanese model GW-9300-1JF (amazon) with Multi-Band 6 plus a carbon fiber insert band and keeper but it costs significantly more. The G-9300’s straightforward design, useful functions, and reasonable price make it a great watch for military use or for anyone who spends a lot of time outdoors. The U.S. list price is $200.
See a list of all Mudman G-9300 releases including special editions here .
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G-Shock GW-9400 Rangeman
As the successor to the sensor-equipped GW-9200 Riseman, the GW-9400 Rangeman is an improvement in style and is one of the best-selling G-Shock watches. With its metal buttons, front-facing screws, and muscular build, the Rangeman looks like a G-Shock on steroids, but it has brains too. It’s billed by Casio as a survival watch, and its standout feature is the Triple Sensor with prsessure sensor (altimeter-barometer), compass, and thermometer. The Rangeman is known for its unique sensor button with a metal cover for protection. Each sensor has its own unique beep, so you can determine which mode you are in without looking at the watch. More specialty features include sunrise and sunset data, one touch time recording, and one touch elapsed time measurement. The Rangeman also has Tough Solar power, Multi-Band 6, and an LED backlight for illumination in the dark. In addition to its impressive technical features, the Rangeman is intended for those who expect their watch to take above average levels of impact and abuse. The Rangeman is also low temperature-resistant to 14 F (-10 C). List price is $300.
For all models including limited editions and imports, see our list of every Rangeman watch released .
G-Shock GWN-1000 Gulfmaster
The GWN-1000 Gulfmaster is the ideal G-Shock for boaters and those who spend a lot of time on the ocean. The Gulfmaster features analog hands and an LCD display, the Triple Sensor like the Rangeman, and a tide graph and moon age data. With its large round maritime design that takes some cues from the aviation line , this watch may not look like the typical G-Shock at first glance, but rest assured it is has the usual high level of shock resistance. It also has Tough Solar power and Multi-Band 6 radio time syncing. What makes this model unique from other resin-bodied G-Shocks is that the stainless steel bezel part surrounding the glass is perfectly round and uniformly flat (though it does sit higher than the glass for protection), without any chunks of resin covering it. This gives the Gulfmaster a more traditional look than the typical G-Shock. The Gulfmaster is one of the larger G-Shock watches, but it looks a lot larger in print and wears comfortably with its soft band. The Gulfmaster’s unique analog-digital design actually comes from the Casio Pro Trek PRW-6000 . They look very similar but the Pro Trek model is thinner, lacks shock protection and the tide graph, and only has 100M water resistance. The Gulfmaster has more features yet costs less than the PRW-6000, making it a great entry point into the higher-end of G-Shock watches.
The GWN-1000 Gulfmaster has a list price of $500 and is available in a variety of colors. There is also a new Gulfmaster model, the GN-1000 with a list price of $300. This battery-powered analog-digital model has a Twin Sensor (compass/thermometer) instead of the Triple Sensor and does not have Tough Solar or Multi-Band 6.
G-Shock GWF-1000 Frogman
The current version of the beloved Frogman took on a significant design change from the previous GW-200. Its partially exposed stainless steel case is reminiscent of the early DW-8200 design, and it is significantly larger than the GW-200. Its price has also more than doubled with a list price of $700. What makes the Frogman so special? All G-Shocks are water resistant up to 200 meters but the Frogman has a screw-lock case back and is the only G-Shock with ISO 6425-compliant water resistance to 200 meters (“Diver’s 200M”). Also, the watch module is housed in a full metal stainless steel case under the resin exterior. The stainless steel bezel and case back are coated with a diamond-like carbon (DLC) coating, providing extra resistance to scratches and corrosion. The Frogman is also made in Japan. The Frogman is one of the longest-running G-Shock series and has always been considered a premier model. Its limited edition versions are some of the most sought-after watches by G-Shock collectors. The current GWF-1000 Frogman has Tough Solar power and adds Multi-Band 6 for the first time. It also has tide and moon phase graphs and data memory for up to 10 logs.
See a list of all GWF-1000 Frogman models including special editions here
G-Shock GWG-1000 Mudmaster
The simplest way to describe the Mudmaster is that it’s like an upgraded Rangeman in a tactical analog-digital form. It has a similar mud-resistant guarded button structure with gaskets in the cylinders and button shafts, and a screw lock crown. It also utilizes Alpha Gel at key points to add resistance to extreme vibration. It has the Triple Sensor Version 3 to measure direction bearing, temperature, altitude, and barometric pressure. Like other top-of-the-line analog G-Shock watches, it has a sapphire crystal. List price is $750. Until the GWG-1000, high-end analog G-Shock watches were aviation and luxury models. The Mudmaster is very large and tough-looking with its military-inspired styling. It is essentially the first G-Shock of its kind: the high-end tactical analog G-Shock.
G-Shock GPR-B1000 Rangeman
The highly anticipated second-generation GPR-B1000 Rangeman was released in 2018. The uniquely large LCD display is capable of rendering graphics and maps and represents a new direction for G-Shock watches. The new Rangeman is equipped with both GPS tracking and Bluetooth smartphone connectivity. It can display the current location on a preset route or the bearing toward a destination, as well as being able to record track and point data. The GPR-B1000 is the world’s first solar-assisted GPS watch and is also chargeable with a wireless adapter featuring a micro-USB connection. Previous features like mud resistance, the Triple Sensor (altimeter-barometer, compass, thermometer), and sunrise/sunset data are still present, and a tide and moon graph is now available, and the watch is capable of syncing the time with GPS. Hardware upgrades include a carbon fiber insert band and a sapphire crystal. The GPR-B1000 much more than the GW-9400, making it the ultimate survival watch and one of the most advanced G-Shock watches.
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G-Shock GPW-2000 Gravitymaster
The GPW-2000 Gravitymaster is the peak Gravitymaster aviation watch. It was first released in May 2017 with a surprisingly lower list price than the previous generation GPW-1000, despite having more features. Like the GPW-1000 below, the GPW-2000 has GPS hybrid timekeeping, Triple G Resist, a sapphire crystal, and a carbon fiber insert band. New features include Bluetooth smartphone link and 3-Way Sync with Multi-Band 6, GPS, or internet time servers. The GPW-2000 also has GPS positioning tracking through the G-Shock Connected smartphone app and can show latitude/longitude coordinates on its dial. Another new feature is a screwless band structure that will not come loose from vibration.
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G-Shock GWN-Q1000 Gulfmaster
The heavily upgraded GWN-Q1000 was launched in 2016 and is the first G-Shock to be equipped with a Quad Sensor which includes the altimeter-barometer, compass, thermometer, and now like the GWF-D1000 Frogman, a water depth meter for diving. Like the previous GWN-1000 Gulfmaster, this Tough Solar/Multi-Band 6 watch also has a tide graph and moon age data. Other key features include sunset/sunrise data and a carbon fiber reinforced case. List price is $850.
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G-Shock GPW-1000 Gravitymaster
The Gravitymaster name refers to several G-Shock aviation watches with the GPW-1000 representing the top of the line. The GPW-1000 is known for being the first G-Shock with GPS hybrid timekeeping. If the watch is out of range of the Multi-Band 6 radio transmitters, it can still sync the time through the reception of GPS satellite signals. It can also determine the time zone and DST setting automatically. This means the watch can sync anywhere in the world and makes it a good choice for world travelers, adventurers, and those living in remote locations. The GPW-1000 also has Triple G Resist, offering resistance to shock, g-forces, and heavy vibration. While its large analog display has the look of an aviation watch, its resin frame and resin band with carbon fiber insert makes it a rugged watch suitable for the outdoors. It also has a sapphire crystal and unlike other higher-end G-Shock aviation models, an LED light.
G-Shock GWF-D1000 Frogman
The new GWF-D1000 Frogman was released in the summer of 2016 and features a new kind of Triple Sensor with an underwater depth meter, compass (that works underwater), and thermometer. Like the previous generation GWF-1000 it has tide and moon data, a full stainless steel inner case, and a screw-lock case back. Other new additions include a carbon fiber insert band and a sapphire crystal. The new Frogman is now one of the most expensive G-Shock watches but the new features represent the largest upgrade ever for the series and it is now one of the most technologically advanced G-Shock watches. With the release of the GWF-D1000 it is likely that the GWF-1000 may be discontinued but current stocks should maintain its availability for a while.
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Other Master of G Watches
G-Shock USA is listing many Gravitymaster aviation watches in its Master of G lineup, including the GA-1000 , GA-1100 , GWA-1000 , and GWA-1100 . To avoid redundancy we are keeping those models in our G-Shock Aviation Watches Guide .
Previous Master of G Watches
Previous Master of G models that are still available include the G-9000 Mudman ( amazon ) and the rust-resistant G-9100 Gulfman ( amazon ) with titanium metal parts. Compared to the other Master of G watches, these models are a smaller size that are more in line with the G-Shocks of the 1990s and 2000s.
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Based on this feature comparison, I don’t see how anyone would chose the GWG mudman, based on FEATURES. Looks maybe, but not features.
(or if there is a reason to chose it, update the chart to include those features.)
Well the Mudmaster does have a sapphire crystal but yes if features and price are your main concerns you are better off with a Rangeman or Gulfmaster. Don’t underestimate the importance of looks though. :)
What if someone sell gwg 1000 and gpw 1000 at the same price,which one will you choose?
Probably the GPW-1000 if they were the same price.
I want to buy GPW 1000, but I want to know about GPW-1000 Strap Band, is it made from carbon fiber? if it made from resin, it is strong enough for long time period?
Sorry, I mean GWG-1000 ( Mudmaster)
The Mudmaster GWG-1000 does not have a carbon fiber insert band but it is strong and should last a long time.
If I already have a Rangeman, would I gain any important features from a Frogman? (found it brand new at $390 USD)
The Frogman has 200M water-resistance that is ISO-compliant, but that probably doesn’t matter much unless you are diving to extreme depths. The screw-lock case back of the Frogman is considered to be a superior and sturdier design over the Rangeman’s case back with its four point screws, and the Frogman is one of the only G-Shocks with that feature. The body is also full stainless steel (by the body I mean the part beneath the resin bezel which houses the module and display). Also the Frogman is made in Japan. For technical features you are not really gaining much other than the tide graph and moon chart, and it is more of a build quality upgrade in this case. Seems like a good time to buy it as the prices are at an all time low (with the GWF-D1000 on the way) and the GWF-1000 will likely be discontinued soon and might be difficult to find later.
Which is a better option to purchese between Mudmaster GW1000 and Rangeman GW9400? I am getting both for almost same price.
If it’s the same price then it sounds like the GWG-1000 is a better deal.
Hi buddy would like to know from are u getting gw 1000 for the same price as gw9400… I m interested too
Hi, first of all, GREAT WEBSITE!!
I was wondering, wich one is better the mudmaster GWG1000 or the gravitymaster GPW 1000??
And do you know if the mudmaster GWG1000 comes with a carbon fiber band?
Much Appreciated your very informative review.
I just want to know if you have an idea if there is a new upcoming master of G watch coming this 2017? Rangeman was created last 2013. Mudmaster in 2015.
I don’t know at this point, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see a Rangeman update sometime soon.
I own both the Gravity Master and the Mudmaster. Both are amazing watches. But as far as looks and comfort of wear, the Mudmaster is king, even though it is cheaper. It just looks GREAT. And I believe many others feel the same way, as there is more said about the Mudmaster. At the end of the day, it’s best to visit an authorized dealer and try both of them on. Only then will you be able to compare. Note: the Mudmaster is much more comfortable on the wrist. I love it.
Going to stationed in Alaska, think solar power would be a prob, which would you then recommend, also looking for nylon band
I’m sure I’m the thousandth person to ask, but I need help deciding between the G-9300 Mudman or the GW-9400 Rangeman. I’ve read almost every review and watched every video but I just can’t decide. With only $100 separating the two, is the Mudman really that inferior of watch? I’ve never had good luck with the atomic feature on other G-Shocks (I live in southeastern North Carolina) and I don’t hike. However, every review I’ve read says the Rangeman is just all around better, especially at a similar price point. I’m also concerned about accidentally hitting that sensor button constantly during routine activity, but I don’t want to buy the Mudman and regret it instantly. I also don’t want to spring for the Rangeman and be constantly frustrated that I can’t get an atomic update or keep hitting that button. I’m a cop, and lead a moderately active lifestyle. I want to wear a watch and not have to worry about it. I want it to work, in all environments, all the time. Thanks so much for your help, and excellent website!
I don’t think Mudman is that inferior unless you really need the pressure sensor (altimeter/barometer) or sensor logs. I was also thinking about buying these two watches and I went with the G-9300 because I didn’t need all the sensors and wasn’t in range for Multi-Band 6. Also I felt the Rangeman was a little big for me and I liked the Mudman’s simpler look. I don’t think hitting the sensor button accidentally has been a problem for most people. Another advantage of the Rangeman is the front-facing EL backlight button, though both watches have the full auto EL backlight feature, meaning you can set them to activate when you turn your wrist to look at your watch (and “full auto” means it will only activate in the dark). If you can I would suggest trying to see the watches in person (maybe at a Macy’s) to help you decide.
Get the Rangeman or the 2018 advance with Bluetooth with GPS survivalist newer extreme Rangeman… This is the ultimate top gun king of all G-Shock watches ..
Ultimate top gun king of G-Shocks? I think not. As everybody knows the GXBB-56-1 at 53.1 mm width is the King, in the King of G Series – Google for yourself and confirm. Mine is doing great 5+ years on. But I’m not here to argue. I completely agree with your take on the Rangeman and will be getting one.
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Casio G-Shock vs Pro Trek Watches (Similar, But Different)
G-Shock and Pro Trek are both great watch lines that will probably get the job done - no matter how much abuse you put your watch through.
Still, there are some differences between the G-Shock & Pro Trek that you should be aware of, if you're still deciding which one to buy.
In this article, we'll explain these differences & cover everything you need to know about:
- G-Shock vs Pro Trek: Pros & Cons
- G-Shock vs Pro Trek: Construction & Size
- G-Shock vs Pro Trek: Ease of use
- G-Shock vs Pro Trek: Display
- G-Shock vs Pro Trek: Toughness & water resistance
- G-Shock vs Pro Trek: Features
- G-Shock vs Pro Trek: Price
Additionally, we've included model recommendations for both lines throughout the article.
Ready? Let's get started…
IN THIS ARTICLE
G-Shock vs. Pro Trek Pros & Cons
G-shock vs. pro trek : construction & design.
G-Shocks are generally bigger than Pro Treks, except for the budget models . I wouldn't call Pro Treks small either, but they tend to be flatter and lighter than G-Shocks.
Because of that, Pro Trek is generally a better choice if you want a versatile watch that you can also wear in an office environment.
Ease Of Use
Pro Trek functions are more accessible than G-Shock's. That's because Pro Treks usually have dedicated direct-access buttons for altimeter, compass, and barometer functions. G-Shock, on the other hand, is more about maximum toughness and simplicity, and usually has a single button to cycle through different modes.
Go with Pro Trek if you like having dedicated buttons for your features, and go with G-Shock if you like simplicity and minimalism.
The size and design of the display is by far the biggest visual difference between the Pro Trek and a G-Shock watches.
Pro Trek's display is big, round, and the numbers are clearly visible in the center of the screen. Likewise, all other features including the compass are more visible than on a G-Shock, which makes Pro Treks easier to operate. Pro Treks are mostly known for their digital screens , although analog models are getting popular as well (most notably the PRG-600 , PRG-650 , and PRW-6000 series.
G-Shock usually has multiple smaller screens and smaller digits than most Pro Trek models, with G-Shock GPR-B1000-1JR Solar-Powered GPS being the only exception. Its smaller screens give G-Shock a rugged, tactical appearance, and are also less likely to break.
Unlike Pro Trek, G-Shock has multiple analog-digital models that are more readable than the full-digital screens. G-Shock also comes in different shapes and sizes, including the classic square models .
If you have bad eyesight or just want maximum readability, Pro Trek is the way to go. Otherwise, it's really down to personal preference.
I prefer G-Shock's tactical appearance and a more "vintage" military-style. And while G-Shocks have that geeky feel about them, the Pro Treks are even geekier.
Overall, Pro Trek looks like a high-tech hiking watch, while G-Shock looks like something that you would wear in the military. Which one's better? Matter of preference.
Toughness & Water Resistance
G-Shock is built like a tank and is tougher than any Pro Trek watch out there. All G-Shock models are Shock-Proof and 200m Waterproof . This means that you can drop even the cheapest <$50 model off a cliff and nothing will happen to it.
In fact, the cheapo G-Shock DW-5600 holds the Guinness World Record "toughest watch in the world" title. The test was simple - they drove a truck over it and it survived. Not bad for a watch that costs less than $50.
Pro Treks have less water resistance, only 100m compared to G-shock's 200m. This is not a big deal, because even if you are a recreational diver, you won't be going deeper than 70m… ever.
As for ruggedness, remember that Pro Trek is a rugged outdoors watch . Sure, it's not as tough as a G-Shock and won't withstand extreme abuse. But it also won't break easily even if you're rough with it.
- Will a Pro Trek survive getting thrown off a cliff? Probably not.
- Will a Pro Trek survive a truck driving over it? Probably not.
- Is Pro Trek rugged enough for mostly anything? Yes.
Don't get me wrong, I love G-Shocks. I even wrote 8,000 words and reviewed 28 models to find the best G-Shock watch for sale today .
But if you just want a rugged watch with advanced features, Pro Trek will get the job done just as well.
Last but not least - Pro Trek watch bezels are notoriously easy to scratch , much more so than G-Shocks. Pro Trek external parts are also not as easy to replace as on G-Shocks, which means that once you scratch it the damage is pretty much permanent.
In other words, Pro Treks get old faster than G-Shocks . While not a deal-breaker, the ease of scratching is something you should be aware of before buying Pro Treks (especially the titanium models ).
G-Shock vs. Pro Trek: Features
Pro Treks generally have more features than G-Shocks . The two brands are roughly equal when you get to the advanced models in the $200 price range. But at any price point below that, Pro Treks blow G-Shocks out of the water when it comes to features.
More specifically, Pro Treks are known for their Triple Sensor that includes:
- Digital Compass
- Altimeter / Barometer
If you want an affordable triple sensor, Pro Trek is your best choice. The G-Shock GW-9400 Rangeman is the cheapest G-Shock that comes with the triple sensor, and it's considerably more expensive. If having an altimeter is not a must, the more affordable G-Shock G9300 Mudmaster might be more up your alley.
As with triple sensor, Pro Treks are better than G-Shocks if you're looking for GPS ( WSD-F20A-BUAAU is the most popular GPS model). If you want a G-Shock with GPS, you'll have to go for the expensive GPR-B1000-1JR that costs twice as much.
Pro Trek Hiking Features
There is a specific feature that most, if not all, Pro Trek watches come with called Trek Log Value Updating . When this feature is enabled, the watch will record and update various altitude measurements automatically.
These include High/Low altitude values and Cumulative Ascent/Descent values. The watch will track these values as long as the "Trek Log Updating" feature is on, for up to 12 hours, even if the watch is in any other mode.
You won't find this feature on most G-Shocks, although it is present in a more limited form on G-Shock GW-9400 Rangeman. Pro Trek's ability to keep auto-altitude readings is, therefore, one of its benefits over G-Shocks.
Other Advanced Features
Besides Triple Sensor and GPS, other advanced features on Casio's watches include:
- Tough Solar
- Multi-Band 6 Atomic Time Sync
- Sunset/Sunrise times
- Tide & Moon graph
- Low-temperature resistance
- Hands-free backlight
- Vibration alarm
- World Time (multiple time zones)
Basic Casio Digital Watch Features
Every digital watch from Casio comes with a set of features that are pretty much the same across all models:
- 12/24h time
- Countdown timer
- Electric backlight
- Auto-calendar (Day, month, year)
- 1-5 Alarms with snooze
- Hourly time beep
You'll find the above features on most G-Shock and Pro Trek models, as well as cheaper digital watches that Casio has.
G-Shock vs. Pro Trek: Price
The cheapest Pro Treks retail around $100 , while you can find G-Shocks priced anywhere from $45 to $700 depending on the model and the features.
But since you're interested in Pro Treks, I'm going to assume that you want your watch to have advanced features like a compass, etc. And you won't find those on the cheaper G-Shocks.
In fact, G-Shock "Mudman" G9300 that you can buy in the $130 - $160 range is the cheapest G-Shock you can get that comes with a Twin Sensor (Digital compass, Thermometer). And while bulky, it blows the cheaper Pro Treks out of the water with its toughness.
If you want the Triple Sensor with altimeter/barometer (ABC watch, in other words), then the G-Shock GW-9400 Rangeman is your best bet. It usually retails for a little below $200 if you shop around, and while costly, has the best value for money from all the advanced G-Shock models.
Other advanced G-Shock models with sensors that you might be interested in include the GG-1000 Mudmaster , Gulfmaster, Frogman , Gravitymaster and holy grail solar-powered GPS Rangeman I mentioned above.
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Pro Trek Examples:
Pro Trek PRG-270-1 is a basic model that comes with Tough Solar and Triple Sensor. To get the same features on a G-Shock, including the Triple Sensor, you'd have to pay around $200.
Pathfinder PAG240 has similar features but comes in a stainless steel case and a different design. Slightly more expensive than the PRG-270-1 above.
Pro Trek PRW2500T is a full-titanium watch that comes with advanced features (tough solar, moon data, triple sensor) and has the additional advantage of being extremely light and durable. Titanium weighs as much as resin while being more resistant to shock and impact.
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Takeaway & Conclusions
As much as I'd like to tell you that there is an "optimal" choice to make between Pro Trek and G-Shock … that's simply not the case.
You should decide based on the features that are most important to you, with a strong consideration for the design - it's about personal style and preference.
Personally, I prefer G-Shocks . They've got a rich heritage, and I like the style more.
There's something about their minimalist screens, masculine style, and extra-rugged construction that speaks to me. Not to mention the fact that I can have an indestructible watch on my wrist for less than $50.
And maybe it's the opposite with you. Maybe you think that G-Shocks are butt-ugly and you'd rather go for a Pro Trek instead. Listen to your intuition, and go for the brand that you like the most.
With that being said, here are my recommendations:
- For a value compass watch either the G-Shock G9300 Mudman or the Pro Trek PRG-270-1 .
- For a Triple Sensor (ABC) altimeter watch either the G-Shock GW-9400 Rangeman or the Pathfinder PAG240 .
- For GPS, Pro Trek WSD-F20A-BUAAU
6 thoughts on “Casio G-Shock vs Pro Trek Watches (Similar, But Different)”
In the end, I chose...both. I have a couple of Pro Treks and a handful of G-Shocks. Both are quite tough and this review is right on. When I'm doing something where I know I could be bumping into things (helping a friend move, doing remodeling, playing sports), it's G-Shock. For daily wear, outdoors, swimming, I'll do either but am more inclined to throw the Pro Trek on. They have strap designs that fit more comfortably than G-Shocks do. I have the Rangeman, a few Gravity Masters, GW6900 (my beater) and the Pro Trek PRG650y.
Good article but missing a few facts.
- G-Shocks are available that cost over 2000$ (Exmaple is the MR-G line) - Pro Treks are also 200m water resistant. For example the PRW-2500.
So please do a little more research to make this article from good to perfect. 😉
* All G-Shocks are 200m water resistant and Shock resistant .
* Most ProTreks are 100m WR
* No ProTreks are shock resistant
Wrong the High-end ones which are solar powered are 200m Water resistant i own the PRW 3500T and love it, My only gripe is they had to include Tide graph too
I realize this is an "old" article. But I must say I have both types and I still have my Pathfinder PAW-1300 but have destroyed 3 bands which is really not easy to do!! Yet the watch is perfect. It does scratch but I work in an industrial environment and used to buy watches for "disposable" without pain value. I never once regretted buying this Pathfinder! It is thinner than my G-Shock which is a "tactical" version but the numbers are really hard to see and is much dimmer (ahem.... tactical?) but is an amazing watch regardless! I went back to my Pathfinder only because it is thinner and I hit stuff less.
Lol protrek is built like a Death star, I bought the PRW 3500T as soon as it was released, I asked my brother who at that time was living in Qatar to pick one up as it was not available at that time in INDIA, It came in a brown cardboard box Never wore it for nearly 3 years never even removed it out the box, One final day I decided to use it and it had switched off due to low battery, I kept it outside for recharging, Mine had a nasty fall when our Maid dropped my watch(In fact slung it away when she pulled the cloth it was resting on without seeing the watch) from second floor balcony straight on to laid stone pavement of our apartment complex, the titanium strap got smudged and scratched the watch itself was not damaged or broken except the black cover for the speaker which is made of plastic got scratched, I got the watch checked and repaired changed the strap to black rubber at the authorized service center here in Bangalore INDIA.
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G Shock Vs Protrek: Battle Of The Casio Watches
Casio is a Japanese company that produces watches, as well as other electronics. They are mostly known for their watches, however. In today’s article, we will be comparing and contrasting Casio’s G Shock vs Protrek watches. We are trying to find out which is the better watch overall. Both of these watches are produced by Casio. The reason we are comparing the two, is because both of these watches are designed to be tough watches
The G-Shock line of watches has become very popular and well known among sports and outdoor enthusiasts, as well as military personnel. G-Shock Watches are praised for their ruggedness and durability. However, there is a lesser known line of tough watches, made by Casio: The Protrek line.
Protrek may not be as popular or well known as the G-Shock line, but does that mean it is inferior to G-Shock in terms of ruggedness and durability? Is G-Shock more popular for a reason, or is Protrek a sleeper hit? We will attempt to answer those questions and more in this G-Shock vs Protrek comparison!
G Shock Vs Protrek: The Origins
The lore behind the origins of the G-shock line of watches is probably already well known. Kikuo Ibe, the man who designed G Shock watches, accidentally broke a pocket watch that had been given to him by his father. After this, incident, he vowed to create a watch, that was much more resistant to damage. From there, over time G-Shock watches came into being. But what about Protrek? Where does that fit into the picture?
Protrek watches don’t have as much of an endearing origin story. But we’re not here to compare origins. We’re here to compare watches. Casio Protrek watches were first introduced to the market about 10 years after G-Shock. The Protrek watches were marketed exclusively to outdoor enthusiasts. No doubt though, that the concepts behind G-Shock were incorporated into the Protrek series.
G Shock Vs Protrek: Design
Let’s start things off by looking at the design and build of both watches. They both have a sturdy construction. But the first difference you will notice between G-Shock and Protrek watches is the size difference. On average, G-Shock watches are larger than Protrek watches. Protrek watches tend to be lighter and have a smaller profile than G-Shock. (Although the Protrek Tough Solar series watches match the size of G-Shocks) If you don’t mind a larger watch, then G-Shock will work for you. If you prefer a slightly slimmer watch, then you would want to go with Protrek.
Next, if you examine the dial of most G-Shocks and Protreks, You will notice that G-Shock watches usually have more extra sub-dials. This can be a good thing or a bad thing. If you actually use those extra sub-dials that G-Shocks tend to have, then it works out. If, however, you don’t need the extra sub-dials, then they just become extra clutter on the watch face. Protrek watch dials tend to have a simpler, cleaner profile, keeping only the necessities.
The last thing we will look at here is the button configuration. Protrek watches mostly have different buttons for different modes, which allows for 1 button mode switches. G-Shocks, on the other hand usually have a button that you have to press multiple times to switch from mode to mode, making it a little more of a hassle.
- more difficult to navigate between modes
- smaller and lighter
- cleaner and simpler dial
- easier to switch between modes
When looking at the design, it would appear that Protrek has the upper hand.
G shock vs protrek: durability.
Next, we will look at quite possibly the most important factor between these two watches: durability. Well Protreks are definitely tough. They have to be if they are designed for outdoor activities such as hiking, camping, etc. However, G-Shock is called G-Shock for a reason. And Protrek is called Protrek for a reason.
These watches are designed with different purposes in mind. The whole idea behind G-Shock is to create the toughest watch possible. All G-Shocks have a water resistance up to a depth of 200 meters. Most Protreks, on the other hand, have a water resistance of between 100 and 200 meters.
Also, Protreks contain more sensitive equipment such a sensors, that could be potentially be damaged, if put through extraordinary punishment. For G-Shocks, this is not a problem sense standard G-Shocks are not made with those extra sensors.
- designed to be as tough as possible
- water resistant to depth of 200 meters
- most don’t have extra sensors and electronics that may be vulnerable to damage
- designed for outdoor activity
- contains extra sensors and electronics that could be susceptible to damage
G-Shocks continue to reign supreme when it comes to taking punishment.
G shock vs protrek: features.
The next Point to look at is the features. G-Shock watches come with basic features such as a backlight, timer and alarm. They will also display different time zones. Some G-Shocks will also contain special features such as a thermometer or chronograph.
Protrek watches contain the same basic features as G-Shocks like the alarms, timers, and backlights. Protreks, on the other hand, tend to come standard with even more advanced features such as a compass, barometer, thermometer, accelerometer, and altimeter. Some Protreks will also come with special features such as syncing with your smartphone.
- Standard G-Shocks contain basic features like timer, stopwatch, backlight, alarm
- standard Protreks contain more advanced features such as a compass, thermometer, accelerometer, and altimeter
Protreks have the advantage here as they come standard with more features than the standard G-Shock.
G Shock Vs Protrek: Price
Not much to this one. You will find that G-Shock watches have more of a varied price range from lower to higher. Protrek watches, on the other hand, are almost always going to be priced higher.
So if you are looking for a budget tough watch, you would want to go with G-Shock. If, however, you have more money to spend, then do look into Protrek watches.
- varied prices from less expensive
- much more expensive
G-Shocks are cheaper. Period.
G-Shock Vs Protrek: Final Result
So who is the clear winner here between G Shock vs Protrek? The answer is……it’s a tie! Each watch has its pros and cons. The truth is that these two watches were designed with different themes in mind.
If you plan on using the additional navigational and terrain analysis found in the Protrek, and don’t mind spending more money on a watch for such features, then go with the Protrek. If you are just looking for a tough watch, and maybe at a discount price, then a G-Shock is the way to go.
Ultimately, the decision on which watch to get comes down to how you intend to use the watch, and maybe you budget constraints. Or it may just simply be which style you like the most! At the end of the day, these are both tough Casio watches. Using the info gained from this article, you can decide which of these two watches will work best for you!
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Hi everyone! I agree with the comparison BUT I have a extra doubt, because the G-Shock have a small family called Master of G, like Gravity Master Mud Master, etc and, I see that the Pro-Trek PRW-6000Y looks like very similar to G-Shock Mudmaster GWG-1000/2000 and (maybe not the same but) similar features like compass, altimeter and barometer… That’s why, I’ve no idea in which brand should I choose
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Camo G-Shock Mudman / Mudmaster Watches
Here is a list of Camo G-Shock Mudman Watches. Yes, we find it important to choose the color you want on your wrist. We took the prices from official Casio sites so they may differ a little bit in comparison with other shops. But still it is a good approximate coverage of market situation. The information is being updated monthly.
MUDMAN / MUDMASTER models were created especially for those whose work takes it into areas where piles of rubble, dirt, and debris are present.
GW-9300DC-1 / Price: 330$
Camo G-Shock GW-9300DC-1 — Designed for use in extreme environments, from off-road rallying to survival expeditions, this newborn MUDMAN adds further enhanced mud resistance and two sensors to G-SHOCK’s shock-resistant structure, it offers all the requisite performance capabilities to handle hard use, even in brutal desert environments.
You pay most for: Tough Solar Power, Mud Resist, Twin Sensor (includes: Digital Compass, Thermometer), Radio-controlled, Multi-Band Atomic Timekeeping.
GW-9300CM-1 / Price: 400$
Camo G-Shock GW-9300CM-1 — The new collection from the G-SHOCK Master of G series comes in a variety of camo colors. Designed and built for professionals, you can choose from among the FROGMAN (with dive timer, tide & moon graphs), RANGEMAN (with barometer/altitude, compass and temperature measurement) or MUDMAN (with digital compass, thermometer and mud resistance) to match your adventurous needs. Each model features Self-Charging Tough Solar power so there no need to worry about replacing a battery.
GWG-1000DC-1A / Price: 680$
Camo G-Shock GWG-1000DC-1A — “From MASTER OF G, the timepiece series that supports adventurers who face the rigors of the natural environment, comes new color model for the MUDMASTER ( GWG-1000 ) series watches designed for on-land adventuring. This new model is designed and engineered for use in deserts, which is some of the harshest land-based environments in the world. The bodies of this model is done in basic G-SHOCK black, while bezel markings and hour markers are gold and beige, creating an adventurous, masculine design. From functions to designs, everything about this new MASTER OF G model maintains and enhances a proud tradition of timepieces for men who face extreme conditions head on.”
You pay most for: Tough Solar Power, Triple Sensor (includes: Altimeter, Digital Compass, Barometer, Thermometer), Radio-controlled, Multi-Band Atomic Timekeeping, Tough Movement, Smart Access Electronic Crown, Vibration Resistant Structure, αGEL® (Alpha Gel) module protection.
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Carbon fiber is making Casio’s new connected G-Shock watches even tougher
Casio is expanding the range of materials used in making its exceptionally tough G-Shock watches, and has introduced carbon fiber on several of its connected watches for 2019. The GGB100 Mudmaster and the GWR-B1000 Gravitymaster are two of them — I got the chance to wear the two watches at Baselworld 2019 , and talk to Casio’s research and development team about them.
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Mudmaster gg-b100, gravitymaster gwr-b1000x, successful new direction.
Casio started off using resin to make its watches in the early ’80s, then added metal in the ’90s, and now it has added carbon fiber — a material that is 10 times stronger than iron, at one-fourth of its weight. Paired with titanium on some models, it even helps add rust-proofing to the already tough G-Shock range — joining protection against impact, gravity, vibrations, and even centrifugal forces to make sure they remain functional in the harshest environments.
It’s not the first time carbon fiber has been used on a G Shock. Models in the G Steel and Frogman range have carbon fiber reinforced straps, and carbon fiber bezels too. However, here it’s used throughout the case for the first time. The advantages aren’t just structural. It also impacts design.
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“Because carbon is so easy to shape, we can compact it, and the more you compact it the stronger it gets,” a Casio spokesperson told Digital Trends.
The effect will become clear when we look at the new models, but the material’s flexibility allowed the design team to redefine the shape of its watches, adding strength to a completely new shock and water resistant structure, while reducing bulk.
How about price? Carbon fiber is associated with a higher cost, so will G-Shocks using the material cost more?
“We will continue to deliver on value while using top-of-the-line materials, so no,” a Casio spokesperson said.
This isn’t a passing fad either. When asked about the future, Casio told us it will continue to use carbon fiber in its watches, providing similar benefits across the range. It’s likely to be used in combination with resin and metal, acting as the third core material used to make G-Shocks.
Carbon has been introduced in the Mudmaster, Gravitymaster, G-Steel , and MT-G series. We concentrated on the Mudmaster and Gravitymaster models at our demonstration.
The Mudmaster, Casio’s outdoor G-Shock watch, has received a high-tech makeover with new connected features, new materials, and a revised design. The Mudmaster has always been a tank of a watch, with its large ultra-tough case dominating any wrist it’s put on. The new GG-B100 hasn’t changed drastically, but through careful evolution, the watch has become more wearable and more useful.
While the Gravitymaster line has had Bluetooth connectivity for a while, this is the first time it has been added to the Mudmaster. Working with the G-Shock Connected app — which we’ve always been impressed by — it will provide a location indicator, a mission log, and fitness tracking. The step counter is enabled here due to an upgrade to the Mudmaster’s sensor array. Old models had two sensors, but the new version has four — an accelerometer, compass, thermometer, and barometer.
Previously, Casio integrated step tracking into the GBA-800 fitness watch , but its inclusion here makes just as much sense. The Mudmaster is a watch primarily worn by outdoor enthusiasts, walkers, or those involved in sports like Tough Mudder. It’s a step below the G-Shock Rangeman , and less lifestyle and tech-orientated than the Pro Trek WSD-F30 , but will appeal to the same people contemplating either of these alternatives.
The app wasn’t ready when we tried on the new Mudmaster, as it’s still in development ahead of the watch’s launch. But step count showed up on the watch’s screen with a press of the top left button. The app uses data collected from the altimeter and the acceleromter to calculate calorie burn, while the Mission Log feature uses your smartphone’s GPS to plot courses and pinpoint locations. Just as handy for point-to-point navigation outdoors, as it is for remembering where you parked the car in an unfamiliar place. Like other connected G-Shocks, it makes changing time zones very easy without even touching the watch at all.
Look closely at the buttons and long-time G-Shock fans will notice there are no protective guards around them this time. This is a design change facilitated by the use of a carbon fiber core, where carbon is sandwiched between the resin and bezel. That increases strength to the point where the guards are no longer needed. A filter stops dirt and dust getting inside. The Mudmaster also has a carbon fiber and resin bezel, while the rest of the body is made from tough resin, with a stainless steel back panel to keep the watch airtight.
What difference has all this made to wearing a Mudmaster? It’s definitely more comfortable, with a slightly slimmer profile and reduction in weight. But the over-engineered design remains, which separates the Mudmaster from other G Shocks. It’s an uncompromising watch — massively strong, with a design to match. On the new model, the addition of a carbon fiber bezel and removal of the button guards has raised its visual appeal, and we expect more people will consider owning one than before.
The advantage of adding strength and lightness using carbon fiber is even better illustrated on the new Gravitymaster GWR-B1000X model, which has a carbon fiber monocoque — unique to the Gravitymaster at the moment — altering the look of the watch considerably over the last models . In the same way as the Mudmaster, the large button guards have been removed for a more streamlined, less aggressive look. It makes a big difference when you put the watch on. It feels like an everyday wear watch, more reminiscent of the recent G-Steel models than the older Gravitymasters.
Sapphire over the face adds a wonderful sheen, and an extra level of protection against damage. Carbon is also used for the bezel — 52 layers of it in total, again for scratch and damage resistance. The other advantage of using carbon is felt in the weight. The GWR-B1000X is the lightest Gravitymaster made at 72 grams, with no sacrifices made to toughness at all. The low weight and reduced size hasn’t impacted the solar charging either, and the smaller panel hidden in the dial has been optimized for even better performance.
All the structural and design alterations are immediately noticeable when you wear the Gravitymaster. It’s comfortable in a way that big G-Shock watches often are not, meaning this could be a breakout model for those who like the look of a large G Shock, but simply couldn’t wear one due to the size or weight. The style has been improved too, with the machined buttons giving the watch an industrial, purposeful look, while the face and complications are as clear and concise as people demand from the series.
Casio has retained the Bluetooth connection, but has not added the step count feature from the Mudmaster. It has the same time zone adjustments, phone finder, and Flight Log feature as before .
Casio’s dedication to bringing connected features to its watches without losing the spirit and individuality of the design continues to help them shine. Match the evolving connected range with the introduction of carbon fiber, and you’ve got high-tech materials and manufacturing to match the smart features. The new Mudmaster’s step and calorie count is a true benefit that fits with the model, but it’s the Gravitymaster that uses carbon fiber to the greatest effect by massively improving the watch’s look and wearability.
The Mudmaster GG-B100 will be released in May for $350, and it comes in the green seen here along with an orange and black color. The Gravitymaster GWR-B1000X will cost $1,000 in August, and comes in both blue and a limited edition black, red, and gold version complete with a carbon dial seen in our pictures.
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Casio has announced the return of its hugely popular G-Shock Frogman series of dive watches, and the new model is a tantalizing mix of modern tech and classic looks. For the first time, the range will have Bluetooth connectivity and a stunning analog face. Following the lead of other connected G-Shocks including the Gravitymaster and the Mudmaster, the Frogman is the final “Master of G” series watch to gain a connection to your smartphone.
Previously, the Frogman series had been an all-digital watch, with large, complex displays showing data important for divers. The new GWF-A1000 Frogman is the first analog edition, potentially making it more appealing to dive watch fans tempted by analog models from Seiko and other brands. Casio has also moved away from a metal and resin case, and adopted the latest carbon fiber monocoque design for the Frogman, as seen on the new Mudmaster.
The latest addition to Casio’s growing collection of Bluetooth-connected watches comes with a heart rate sensor and GPS, along with a versatile charging and power system, and is the first to show notifications from your phone on its screen. This makes the GBD-H1000-1A7 the first G-Shock to truly be considered a smartwatch, although Casio also makes the WearOS-powered Pro Trek WSD-F30, and has been dabbling with adding simple activity tracking and other connected features in everything from the Mudmaster to its non-touchscreen Pro Trek models.
Unlike most other G-Shock models, the GBD-H1000 has a MIP LCD screen on the front, rather than the usual analog, digital, or hybrid dials, making it appear very similar to the GPR-B1000 Rangeman. There are further similarities between the two as well. The H1000 is primarily solar-powered, but because the heart rate sensor and notification alerts will need additional energy to function, attaching a USB charger to the back of the case can be used to top the battery up. The Rangeman has wireless charging to power the GPS when the watch’s solar energy is depleted.
Casio always strikes up exciting collaborations for its G-Shock watches, but few will be as in-demand as its latest, ultra-limited run watch, provided you can stomach the price. The G-Shock MR-G x Bruce Lee MRG-G2000BL is the stunning result of Casio’s new partnership with Bruce Lee Enterprises. Only 300 of these fabulous looking watches will be made, and the cost to you will be $4,000, or 3,600 British pounds. Ouch.
For those who aren’t familiar with G-Shock’s range of watches, the MR-G models make up its luxury line, and the MRG-G2000BL’s price represents the middle ground of what’s available. While the materials used in its construction elevate the price, it’s the astonishing attention to detail and usually hand-crafted details that make the entire MR-G range so desirable. The G-Shock x Bruce Lee collaboration is no exception.
2023 G-Shock Mudman GW-9500
C asio’s latest mud-resistant professional Mudman watch is hitting stores this month.
The G-Shock Mudman GW-9500 has a slimmer case and profile than previous iterations at 52.7 x 14.8 mm (56.7 mm lug-to-lug), and a new all-digital display with a premium dual-layer LCD, similar to the Pro Trek display we previously tested . While there’s no Bluetooth time sync, because this is not a connected watch, it does have atomic time sync for similar levels of accuracy and tough solar for automatic charging of the battery from both natural and artificial light. The case is made of a mixture of bio-based resin, carbon resin, and stainless steel, with a mineral glass crystal. In addition to 200 meters of water resistance, the case design features mud-resistant gaskets.
Where the Pro Trek is durable and made for outdoor use, the Mudman has an even more rugged construction for more extreme use and thus sits in the G-Shock, not the Pro Trek lineup. We also tested the “ Mudmaster” GWG2000-1A and which differs in that it has an analog-digital display, whereas the “Mudman” model has a digital-only display.
The Casio’s G-Shock Mudman GW-9500 has a triple sensor design that offers an altimeter, barometer, thermometer, and digital compass, in addition to a stopwatch, daily alarms, countdown timer, sunrise/sunset indicator, and more. The Mudman GW-9500 is available in three variations, black, green, and black/orange (Ref. GW-9500-1 – black, GW-9500-3 – green, GW-9500-1A4 – black/orange). Retail is $400 and these are available at retailers starting July 2023.
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Watch Review: Casio Pro Trek PRT-B50 Black Titanium
The longstanding Casio Pro Trek (formerly Pathfinder) watch family endures on as the Japanese brand’s famed “hiking” watch. Today, I check out the Casio Pro Trek PRT-B50, specifically the PRTB50YT-1 in black with a matching black titanium bracelet. Pro Trek’s territory even within Casio has been shrunk due to the encroachment of G-Shock models that in many ways overlap with Pro Trek models in both functionality and style. It was once only Pro Trek models that had “ABC” (altimeter, barometer, compass) sensor technology, as well as many of Casio’s hybrid analog/digital displays. This is no longer the case, as Casio has lent all of Pro Trek’s unique selling points over to the G-Shock family — so, let’s take a look at this admittedly good Casio Pro Trek model and understand how it compares and contrasts with its G-Shock “sister model,” the Casio G-Shock Mudmaster GG-B100 (aBlogtoWatch review here) .
At the same time, Casio is currently selling both the Pro Trek PRT-B50 and the G-Shock Mudmaster GG-B100, which both share the same base “module” (the term Casio uses for its movements). More so, as configured, this Pro Trek PRT-B50 on the black titanium bracelet and the Mudmaster GG-B100 have the same retail price. Consumers will justifiably be a bit confused as to which model is right for them. To be fair, the base model Pro Trek-B50 comes in at a much less expensive $220 price point, whereas this version with the black IP-coated titanium bracelet costs more. In essence, the G-Shock Mudmaster is the more expensive model, and accordingly, the case is more durable and wear-resistant (though it is larger as a consequence).
I dedicate much of the Pro Trek PRT-B50 video review to discussing how it compares to the Mudmaster GG-B100… and at the end of the case, unless you have a specialized need for a particular feature in one of the two watches, the choice is a matter of taste and style. Here is where the Pro Trek model beats the G-Shock. First of all, even at 50.8mm-wide and 15.8mm-thick, the Pro Trek is the smaller watch of the two in thickness. It also benefits from having a rotating navigational bezel — but, to be honest, that isn’t very useful (especially since the module has a compass function built into it).
The Pro Trek is also a lighter watch, which is amazingly apparent even on the titanium bracelet. In total, the watch weighs just 64 grams. On the wrist, you really don’t feel like anything is there. Finally, the Pro Trek PRT-B50 marginally beats out the G-Shock Mudmaster GG-B100 in terms of legibility, thanks to the dial’s high-contrasting and very easy-to-read hands and hour markers (both of which are painted in luminant). It is also true that if you want a G-Shock with a titanium bracelet, it is going to cost you a lot more money than the retail price of a PRTB50YT-1. Speaking of the bracelet, let me discuss it a bit since, for me, this is a new bracelet design and I think its clever engineering requires some discussion.
There are two downsides to the bracelet. First is that if you have smaller wrists, like mine, the way the bracelet connects to the case means that the case lugs sharply jut out a bit. This isn’t a deal-breaker by any means, but it is a point of inelegance that I believe Casio should have designed around a bit better. Second, the bracelet offers only a minor level of micro-adjustment (just one extra spring bar hole in deployant to help ideally size the watch). I’d say that the options for sizing the bracelet will work for most wrists, though, as a sports watch, this Pro Trek is meant to be worn snugly enough not to move around, but not so snug as to restrict your wrist’s movement.
Sizing the bracelet is the best part because Casio engineered a really clever system that does require a tool, but one that, if you don’t have it, something you have laying around could easily double to release the straps. I also believe that this new link design helps the bracelet be thinner while maintaining a high degree of structural integrity. No, this strap isn’t going to have G-Shock durability, but I believe it will satisfy the vast majority of uses. A small plastic tool supplier with the watch allows you to press down on a hidden pusher on the rear of the case. This, in turn, causes both hold pins in the link to retract and allow it to separate. If you know what you are doing, you can go from an entirely unsized bracelet to a sized one in under a minute. This is amazing given that most other bracelets require a special spring bar removal tool, steady hands, and some patience, as the entire exercise can take 15 minutes, or more, depending on how accurate your sizing predictions are. Also, note how relatively thin and discreet the fold-over deployant clasp is. I should also mention that, in addition to the bracelet having quick-release end links, the Pro-Trek case is designed to accept many after-market 24mm-wide straps. (G-Shock watches normally don’t have removable straps, and if you do need new straps, you can typically only use ones made for that particular case.)
The rest of the Pro Trek PRT-B50 case is in matte black resin, which now partially extends over the caseback to offer what might be even more durability. Whereas the G-Shock has 200 meters of water resistance, the Pro Trek has 100 meters. The height of the rotating bezel is also designed to protect the crystal from unwanted shock. The case itself is attractive, but in a way that has always been intentionally more conservative than G-Shock. The now-larger G-Shock-style pushers are easy to press, but there are a lot of them on the case (six in total). Casio also failed to label the bottom center pusher on the front of the case that activates the backlight. The pusher almost blends in with the design of the case and I can see people wearing this watch for maybe even years without even knowing a backlight function even exists unless they are told about the location of this pusher.
As is the case with the sister G-Shock Mudmaster GG-B100 watch, the only functional downside of the module in the PRT-B50 (the Casio module 5601) is the lack of solar power generation. This would have made the watch much more autonomous. This isn’t that big a deal, as the battery is said to last, on average, two years and is a CR 2025 cell, which can be easily purchased at many stores (so it isn’t one of those finicky specialist battery sizes).
I really like this module for the money because it offers everything people have come to expect with regard to Pro Trek functionality but also some new modern features, such as Bluetooth connectivity. Using the G-Shock app, you can have your phone automatically adjust/update the time and set things on the watch, such as the alarm. “Mobile Link” via Bluetooth is a feature that is coming to more and more Casio watches, and it’s great that it is already being widely rolled out on even more entry-level models. Casio calls the Pro Trek PRT-B50 a “quad sensor” watch because, in addition to the altimeter/barometer, compass, and thermometer of previous-gen Pro Trek watches, the latest sensor is a step counter. Though this is a light form of activity tracking smartwatch, the PRT-B50 can in fact function as a simple semi-smartwatch activity tracker or you can simply use the step counter (pedometer) without any phone connectivity. In that regard, I really admire Casio’s approach with Bluetooth — as of now, on most models, using Bluetooth with your watch is optional and not required for most of the core functionality.
Even though the small negative (what the dark screens are called) LCD display does not take up the bulk of the PRT-B50 dial, it is something that you’ll use a lot. That said, I like how, from a distance, this Pro Trek looks more or less like an entirely analog watch. The default screen can display the time digitally, the calendar, steps, or a barometric pressure graphic (for weather prediction). Dedicated pushers on the case allow you to quickly activate the altimeter and compass functions. These repurpose the seconds hand as an analog indicator such as the compass needle. The system is rather refined and works quite well; it also happens to be quite snappy in its performance.
What draws me to the Pro Trek PRTB50YT-1 is its legible dial, handsome yet conservative style, and its light weight and wearing comfort. I’m still not quite sure how to tell if someone is better off with a Pro Trek versus a G-Shock, but Casio wins either way. It is true that the Pro Trek PRT-B50 is the budget model, assuming you can live without the titanium bracelet (there is a non-black model, as well). With the bracelet, the watch is still a good value given that the bracelet design is both new and not offered in this affordable form in the G-Shock collection. Starting price for the Casio Pro Trek PRT-B50 watch collection is $220 USD and, as featured, the PRTB50YT-1 has a retail price of $380 USD . Learn more at the Casio Pro Trek website here .