5.0 out of 5 stars
Fantastic upgrade from the PRW-3500
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on 23 January 2022
Owned for 6 months.
Prior to owning this watch, I had the PRW-3500 for about 7 years. Still one of the best watches, zero maintenance and does the job it was designed to do with no fuss. Still going strong today (just sits on the window seal to keep the battery topped off).
The main reason for purchasing this watch was the design while keeping the same functionality as the PRW-3500 (literally the same watch except it has hands). The PRW-3500 was a bit to 'nerdy' as I got older. If you do not know this watch has a solar panel 'ring' along the edges of the face, it's not a gimmick, it works extremely well, hyper efficient. From my experience the battery's lifespan will typically last greater than 10 years. In this case expect minimal maintenance until then. Prior experience with the PRW-3500, the watch band will give out in 2.5 to 3 years. Hopefully it is not the case with this band. This band is stupid comfortable out of the box, soft and flexible rubber. Altermieter, it works... but not accurate enough, usually off 1 to 2 hundred feet, even if I set the correct altitude, come back after a week its off. Compass, its a compass, works well enough, and will get you where you need to go, however would only use it in emergency situations (your last option). Do not have much experience with the bromater, or knowledge how to use it nor had the need too.
The watch is easy to read, but not like a digital watch. However, the hands pop out and are clearly visible/readable in all lighting conditions. This sell listing does not do the lighting on the watch any justice. When you activate the lighting the entire face, not just the hands, illuminates, and along with an LED illumination, everything that is white on the watch is fluorescent, and will illuminate passively, including the white lines on the outer portion of the bezzel. The small display has an LED illumination as well.
The watch is very comfortable, and is a watch that I can wear 24/7 without the need of ever taking it off, and I don't.
One thing that is a MUST BUY with this watch is a screen protector, like the PRW-3500, the glass is mineral, it's not if, it's when the glass will be scratched. The link below is the protector I found to be the correct glass size, it fits almost perfectly, 38mm, which is annoying because the glass is 38mm. I think once I crack the protector, already went through one (comes with three), I'm going to get the 37mm one.
In the end, I highly recommend this watch, totally worth the price, and it should (fingers crossed) last a decade.
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