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Casio ProTrek PAW1100T Alt. Watch

Casio ProTrek Altimeter Watch

Casio ProTrek Altimeter Watch – The Skinny

I’ve recently purchased a Casio ProTrek Altimeter watch… Specifically, the PAW1100T from Sam’s Club for $189.00. I had looked for this particular watch for sometime, but the price had always been the deal breaker. Up until now I couldn’t find it for under $300, not even in Thailand. Some great features: It’s solar-powered and sets itself. It has a barometer, an altimeter, a compass, and a thermometer. Yes there’s better brands out there, but for the price, feature set and durability, I felt this watch was the answer. I’ll be testing it in the paragliding environment (even though the directions say not to, but more on why later) and reporting back with my overall impressions. One feature I’m really looking forward to is setting the field elevation to a reference altitude of zero, thereby providing my altitude above the field elevation in nice big black numbers :)

Some Quick Specs:

  • Multi-band atomic timekeeping (US, UK, Germany, Japan)
  • Receives time calibration radio signals which keep the displayed time accurate
  • Auto receive function (up to 6 times per day)
  • Manual receive function
  • Signal: US WWVB, UK MSF, Germany DCF77, Japan JJY40/JJY60
  • Frequency: US 60kHz, UK 60kHz, Germany 77.5kHz, Japan 40/60kHz
  • Tough solar power
  • Digital compass
  • 16 points of measurement
  • Measuring range: 0 to 359°
  • Measuring unit: 1°
  • Bearing memory
  • Memory capacity: 1 record (stored direction angle and indicator)
  • Altimeter
  • Measuring range: -700 to 10,000m (-2,300 to 32,800′)
  • Measuring unit: 5m (20′)
  • Auto memory measurements
  • Altimeter memory
  • Memory capacity: 40 records
  • Measurement data: altitude, month, date, time
  • High / Low altitude memory
  • Cumulative ascent / descent memory
  • Relative altitude display
  • Altitude tendency graph
  • Altitude differential graphic
  • Barometer
  • Display range: 260 to 1,100 hPa (7.65 to 32.45 inHg)
  • Display unit: 1 hPa (0.05 inHg)
  • Atmospheric pressure tendency graph
  • Atmospheric pressure differential graphic
  • Thermometer
  • Display range: -10° to 60° C (14° to 140° F)
  • Display unit: 0.1° C (0.2° F)
  • 100m water-resistant
  • Low temperature resistant (-10 C / 14 F)
  • Full Auto EL backlight with afterglow
  • World time
  • 29 times zones (30 cities), city code display, daylight saving on/off
  • 5 daily alarms
  • Countdown timer
  • Measuring unit: 1 second
  • Countdown range: 1 minute to 24 hours
  • Countdown alarm
  • 1/100 second stopwatch
  • Measuring capacity: 23:59’59.99″
  • Measuring modes: Elapsed time, split time, 1st-2nd place times
  • Hourly time signal
  • Auto calendar (pre-programmed until the year 2099)
  • 12/24 hour formats
  • Button operation tone on/off
  • Accuracy: +/-20 seconds per month (with no signal calibration)
  • Storage battery CTL1616
  • Battery power indicator
  • Power saving function
  • Approx. battery life: 5 months on full charge (without further exposure to light)