Casio Pro Trek PRW-3500 review

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32 thoughts on “Casio Pro Trek PRW-3500 review

  1. Love the PRW3500-1 Positive Display & Black Band
    The rotating bezel ring is extremely helpful in the field if your a outdoorsmen and use a compass this is a particularly nice feature.

    As a Ham Radio operator I use the UTC time function only drawback is you must have it in the 24 hour function for the times to be correct but not a problem for me.
    I have a small wrist but hardly notice any issue there and as to the weight at 3oz. the watch sure does not feel like it.

    I highly recommend this watch for every day use or even going out on the town very good looking watch.

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  2. I have been wearing it for a few weeks now and still like all the features, the design and the feel of it. Definitely one of the better Pro Treks available right now and in the past. I am hoping Casio will bring out a new version with the same case but an analog version. Similar to the PRG-550 with a clean dial but with a nice case and bezel like this PRW-3500.

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  3. Beautiful watch. I love my PRW-2500 but I may have to upgrade to one of these 2015 models. I’m on the fence right now between this Orange/Black rescue-look and the Black/Blue military-look models (which for some reason is not available in the US but is on the Casio Europe and Casio Japan Web sites–or eBay, of course–as the PRW-3500Y-1ER PRW-3500Y-1JF respectively).

    The one thing I can’t figure out is why they removed the moon phase and tidal sensors that were in the 2500. Not that I ever used them but…why go backwards feature-wise?

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  4. Updated the review with some new details and pictures of the silver/black version, as well as a comparision between the PAW-2000 and PRW-3500.

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  5. May I ask what are the difference between 3500T-7CR and 3500T-7JF. The price of these watch are not the same at all. Other than the size of the case and band, any other difference?

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  6. These seem to be the most common codes that Casio uses for their models. The watches are the same but the box, manuals and other marketing materials may be different. Warranty coverage may be different as well.

    JF = Japan Domestic Market
    DR = International Market
    CR = US & Canada Market
    ER = European Market

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  7. Have the PRW2500T and happy with it but it sits a little higher than I would like. Had an older Twin Sensor model with same water pressure rating of 20 bar but its height was only 13 mm. which was nice. Large displays on Casio’s is really nice to see info at a glance with my less than perfect eyes. Interesting to see ‘huge’ discrepancy here with compass readings of the 2 different models pictured side by side. One would think they should be very near the same reading being relatively in same location and orientation. Maybe very close to some type of magnetic interference?

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  8. The PAW2000 and PRW3500 were on top of a laptop so I think that’s what caused the inaccurate readings. The PAW2000 also was adjusted for magnetic variation so pointed to true north. The PRW3500 was not so direction is to magnetic north which makes a difference of a few degrees as well. And the 2 watches may not have lined up exactly.

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  9. Very good review! It helps me on making the choice between 3000 & 3500. Think the blue/ black 3500 would be my final decision.

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  10. Thank you for a nice review, I’ve had PAW2000T since they first came out and love the watch. Would you upgrade from 2000 to 3500? The only thing I see different is the measurement units and the speed of calculations. Functions all stayed the same, except 3500 loses the floating LCD display.

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  11. Alex, both the PAW2000 and PRW3500 have their strengths. The dual floating LCD display is a pretty cool feature in the 2000 but also dims the entire display a bit. I really like the look and bezel design of the PRW-3500 and recently sold my 2000. But both are great watches and it is up to personal preference.

    Not sure what you mean with the difference in measurement units. Both can be set to metric or imperial/US units for temperature, air pressure and elevation. My video shows the orange 3500 watch set to imperial/US units but is easily changed to metric.

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  12. Just ordered one in Orange. But for me there is one important thing missing from the watch: Tide graph!
    I hope Casio soon release a triple sensor v3 with tide and moon graph.

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  13. I like the prw 3500t-7. I have the prw 2500t-7. I will miss the the moon and tide phase, they was very
    useful. You really should have kept those features. I will be looking forward to seeing them again
    in future models. Presently I have six and I will be purchasing the 3500t-7, Titanium band, etc., soon
    Keep the technology coming..

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  14. Thanks very much for such an in depth review with so many photos & measurements. The things I really care about- the ability to wear on a Zulu strap & comparison to the PAW 2000, which I have- you addressed at length. I appreciate it! A+

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  15. Dear friend
    I have been planning to buy a watch for over a year now. Came across Casio PRW-3500. Please let me know which model should I buy? Is there any difference between PRW-3500-1 and PRW-3500T-7?
    Please help.

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  16. The PRW-3500T-7 has a titanium band and the PRW-3500-1 a resin (plastic) band. Besides the difference in colors and price, they are basically the same watch.

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  17. great review. i am really thinking of picking this up. One question, off the top of this watch..I currently have a pag240b…what sort of band do i need to replace my broken one? and, where can i get the replacement pins? they have been lost.

    thanks a lot!

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  18. So I just got this watch and noticed that the manual say that the weather alert can only be active for 24 hours. Is that right? Why can it not say on all the time?

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  19. KJ, my best guess is weather alert requires additional battery power so it needs to be turned on when you expect to need it.

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  20. thanks for the in depth review and thoughts. Not 2 days ago I received my paw2000. Nice watch but a bit dark for old peeps. I just ordered a prw3500. thanks for the help

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  21. Thank you sir. Just the review I was in need of. Very helpful, you’ve ended my 12+ hrs. of shopping for a watch I don’t really need. Now I can get my order placed, get off this couch and go outside!!! Seriously tho, good work, and Crown & Buckle owes you one too.

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  22. Really excellent, thorough review Frank! I’ve been agonizing over many different models of Pro Treks for a few days now. Originally wanted a Rangeman, however I’ve read some troubling reports about cracking around the lugs. Regardless, I wanted a new Pro Trek to replace one I gave to my son. At this point I’m torn between the “Y-4” and the “Y-1” variants. Seems like I gravitate towards the obnoxious or unique. Not sure about the orange band though. Looks too much like a cheap watch? Also, I really like the looks of the negative display on the Y-1. Any thoughts, comments, or suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks again for the review.

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  23. The orange strap actually looks pretty but most suitable for outdoor activities. I like the black bezel on the Y-4 a little bit better than the silver on the black version. But the orange strap may be a bit too loud in regualr daily life at the office, for example.

    The negative display looks great but I haven’t seen it in person. I used to have a PRW-3000 with negative display and found it difficult to read, especially with reflections when using outdoors. And for this type of watch, I choose function over form.

    Thanks everybody for the nice comments! It is always good to hear this information and these pictures were helpful.

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  24. Hey Frank, just ordered the orange one! I think the positive display is a better choice, and I like what you did by swapping out the PRG550 band as well. If the orange gets to be too overwhelming I might do the same. Thanks again for the in depth review. Reviews like this one are what helps so many other watch enthusiasts!

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  25. Any chance you could do a review on the new WSD-F10 watch? Especially comparing to existing triple sensor casio watches…. thanks!

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  26. Hi Frank just got an orange one. Its really nice everyway but there are two thinks what put me off. First is that is made in thailand and a casio china on a metal part of a strap and the second is that i can not chage a date format. Im used to dd/mm but this watch is mm/dd. Its not a disaster but be great to switched it over. Thanks

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  27. I bought the PRW 3500-4 and then ordered a black ion plated titanium strap from Casio Japan. The result is a cool looking watch, which i consider second only to the Blue Moment PRW 3500 model!

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