Casio Men's PAG80-1V Pathfinder Altimeter/Barometer/ Digital Compass Solar Digital Watch
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- With its accurate quartz movement, low-temperature resistance, and auto EL backlight, you can blaze some serious trails, no matter where or when.
- Countdown timer, 1/100 Sec. stopwatch, five alarms, countdown timer
- World Time, Digital Compass, Altimeter, Barometer, Thermometer
- Auto EL backlight, Low Temperature resistant
- Water resistant to 330 feet (100 M): suitable for snorkeling, as well as swimming, but not diving
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Set a course for adventure every day you wear this solar-powered Casio Pathfinder Triple Sensor men's digital watch (model PAG80-1V), which includes a built-in digital compass, altimeter, barometer, and thermometer. This extra-large, round watch features large function buttons that are easily accessible even when wearing gloves. Both the case and strap are made from durable resin. The digital compass displays 16 directions and has a 5-set memory capacity that captures direction, month, date, and measurements time data. The altimeter measures up to 32,800 feet (10,000 meters) in 20-foot (5-meter) increments, and it can store 50 sets of altitude memory with date and temperature. It also provides a target altitude alarm and graphing capability for target and altitude tendency.
Because it's solar-powered--charging in either sunlight or indoor light--you'll never have to deal with changing the battery. Light enters the watch through the sapphire crystal and dial, and hits a solar cell beneath the dial. Current is created and stored in the battery. The duplex LCD provides two liquid crystal panels, enabling you to select from among different display patterns.
It offers a 1/100-second stopwatch with a 60-minute measuring capacity and elapsed time, split time, and 1st/2nd place time modes. It also includes a yacht timer, which is used to time the start of regattas. The countdown period can be set from 1 to 10 minutes. An acoustic signal is emitted after each minute has elapsed and then once a second for the last ten seconds. Other timekeeping functions include a daily alarm, optional hourly time signal, and 12/24-hour formats. Other features include a comfortable resin strap, scratch-resistant mineral crystal, AfterGlow LED electro-luminescent backlight, and water resistance to 100 meters (330 feet).
With the launch of its first watch in November 1974, Casio entered the wristwatch market at a time when the watch industry had just discovered digital technology. As a company with cutting-edge electronic technology developed for pocket calculators, Casio entered this field confident that it could develop timepieces that would lead the market.
Today, Casio is focusing its efforts on solar-powered radio-controlled watches: the built-in solar battery eliminates the nuisance of replacing batteries, atomic timekeeping means the users never have to reset the time. Recently, Casio launched a series of Bluetooth watches that sync to the users cell phone to automatically update the time. Casio is always moving time forward.
- Package Dimensions: 5.2 x 4.1 x 3.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
- ASIN: B000FPZ47O
- Item model number: PAG80-1V
- Date first available at Amazon.com: October 1, 2001
- Domestic Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
- International Shipping: This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
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|Brand, Seller, or Collection Name||Casio|
|Dial window material type||Mineral|
|Case diameter||5.1 centimeters|
|Case Thickness||16.5 millimeters|
|Band length||Men's standard|
|Band width||24 millimeters|
|Special features||alarm-feature, Luminous, Water Resistant, World time|
|Water resistant depth||330 Feet|
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Time. It's a watch first and foremost so it has got to keep good time and display it legibly and simply. The PAG80 does just that. The display is large and bright which is easy to read in both the dark, with the aid of the backlight, right through to bright sunlight. I like the seconds display being on a separate line to the hour and minute also.
Accuracy. I have owned the watch for just one month and in that time it has gained one second. That's accurate enough for me.
World Time. As a regular traveller the World Time feature is important to me. It is easy to use and convenient. GMT is a nice touch.
Date. Dumb, dumb, dumb. The whole world writes the date with the day of the month first followed by the month ... except the Americans. February 1st is written by the people of 250 countries as 1/2. The Americans write 1st February as 2/1. This watch follows the American convention and does not provide a method of reversing the characters. Just about everything else on the watch is customisable except this. Surprising, Casio!
Alarms. The alarm functions are good. Five alarms plus an hourly beeper which can be turned on or off. There is also a countdown timer and stopwatch. Enabling the alarms is non-intuitive (to me) and, like all watch alarms, not loud enough. All work well, though.
I have tested the compass against a Suunto and a Silva magnetic compass. The watch compass is remarkably accurate. It is sensitive so gives great results when used outside. When using inside it is easily influenced by magnetic devices. I like everything about the compass including the overlay screen, the direction indicator (eg ENE) and the degree readout.
Again remarkably accurate. I have an expensive German aneroid barometer which took some weeks to calibrate. I believe it to be quite accurate. The PAG80 records a measurement just one hPa different to my aneroid barometer. Here it is important to note that again the barometer in the watch is very sensitive. Do not expect accurate readings indoors, especially if the building is well sealed and air-conditioned.
The barometer graph should only be used as a rough indicator of trend. If you are in an artificial environment when the watch records a pressure measurement (building, car, plane) then this may cause the graph to show misleading information unless you realise what is going on. You may be in an environment which is outside the range of the graph and this will cause a reading to be missed on the graph. It may look like the watch is faulty but, in reality, it is just being consistent.
This is the feature of least accuracy. As stated in plenty of other places the altitude recorded is a function of air pressure. As a general indicator of altitude it is great. If you want really accurate altitude then get a GPS. With practice and an understanding of how air pressure alters with altitude and climatic conditions you can guage how far off the altitude may be. Start by having a look in the manual at the altitude graph.
When I received the watch the power indicator was reading high. However the barometric graph was displaying erratically. I thought I may have a defective watch. As I live in a warm, sunny climate I put the watch outside in the sun for two days. Problem solved. Just make sure you give it a good charge when you get it.
Since that time I have spent two weeks skiing in the Rockies where it was very cold and the watch was rarely exposed to the sun (what sun?). All functions operated perfectly throughout the two weeks which would indicate that when fully juiced up there is ample power in the internal solar battery to last for quite some time. This is where the power saver feature comes in to its own. Obviously very efficient.
Watch Size. It is big. I knew it was a big watch when I bought it so no complaints but it could probably be refined in size without losing any of its functionality.
Ruggedness. It has already had a bang or two without any visible sign of damage. The crystal glass seems suitably tough.
Resin Band. I opted for the resin band model over the titanium band. If buying again I think I would pay a little extra and get the titanium band.
Operating Temperature Range. Surprisingly, within the first month of ownership, I have subjected the watch to the extremes of its operating temperature range. From a low of -36 C (-34 F) in Colorado to a high of 42 C (107 F) in Sydney. A temperature differential of 78 C (141 F). The watch displayed perfectly and seemed to function normally when digital camera screens were failing.
The watch actually exceeds the advertised claims. If you like the sound of the advertising blurb then you will probably be satisfied with the watch. Finally, but still importantly, it represents excellent value for money.
Bottom line up front: this watch has done everything it said it would and continues to do so after going through some of the harshest environments.
Three annoyances reduce this from 5 to 4 stars:
1. The backlight stays on for a short period of time (1.5 or 2.5 seconds), doesn't remain lit if other buttons are pushed, and the light button itself is awkward to push. The auto illuminate function (light when wrist is moved up) should make this unimportant, but it is disabled whenever a sensor is measuring, or when the compass, barometer/thermometer, or altimeter mode setting screen is displayed. The result: the light stays on long enough for a quick glance at the time, but not enough to e.g. navigate between functions or recalibrate the altimeter when camped at night. So relatively simple operations at night go like this: take off gloves (can't push light button with them on!), turn on light, push a button to change function. Turn on light again, push another button. Repeat until you find the setting you're looking for. The manual mentions that use of the backlight can significantly reduce battery (charge) life, but I think Casio went too far here in an attempt to reduce power usage (my watch has never shown below "H"=full charge status).
2. Alarms are nicely audible, but again the duration seems short.
3. Countdown timer maximum is 1 hour. An oddly low limit for outdoor activities.
It's been really reliable so far, but after the warranty ran out there was a short period during which it would not respond to one of the buttons as if the button was stuck and made intermittent contact. I thought "damn Murphy". It never fails to expect every major purchase you make goes haywire the day the warranty expires, but surprise, surprise... it fixed itself after a couple of weeks.. Go figure! Not a hint of a problem since...