Casio titanium watch – a short overview
Casio titanium watch is obviously designed and manufactured by Casio Computer Co, LTD, a Japanese company founded in 1946 by Kashio Tadao, under the name Kashio Seisakujo, in Tokyo, Japan.
Casio was and still is primarily involved in electronics equipment. In 1974, In order to strengthen its earnings base, the company decided to diversify its business by producing timepieces.
It released a computerized watch, the CASIOTRON. This watch not only showed the hours, minutes, and seconds, but also had a unique function that could automatically determine the number of days in a month and whether or not the current year was a leap year.
It was a product that allowed Casio to maximize the technology it had developed for electronic calculators.
Casio titanium watch – G-SHOCK Series
In 1983, Casio released a new watch that overturned the thinking of the watch and clock industry. G-SHOCK established the new category of the shock resistant watch, and has become Casio signature watch.
It would seem reasonable to believe that the first Casio titanium watch is to be found in the G-Shock series. And it is. In 1985, Casio launched an unusually high-cost design titanium screw-back case. It was intended for heavy diver use and featured a unique asymmetrical thick rubber shielding around a self-contained module. Later on this watch evolved into the very popular FROGMAN series.
Casio titanium watch – PROTREK&PATHFINDER Series
This is the outdoor watch series of Casio, and they are marketed something as the world thinnest outdoor watch. Titanium case was a perfectly matched solution, though there are versions that use some other materials.
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What is good to know about this line:
PATHFINDER watches (PAW) are mostly for US market, PROTREK watches (PRW) for Europe and Japan market. PAG are the non "Atomic" US derivatives, and PRG is the non "Atomic" for the rest.
Casio regularly launches various models (cosmetically) across several geographic regions. Pricing is regional as well, and you can usually find better prices on Asian and middle-eastern markets.
Protrek Japan has the best selection and newest releases. Most common PRG Protreks are 40, 80, 90, 110, and 130 (non Atomic). Most common Pathfinders and Protreks are PAW/PRW 1100, 1200, 1300, 1500 (Atomic), PAW is the Pathfinder and PRW the Protrek. Most Common PAG are 40, 80.
All watches are triple sensors full with ABC function. The numbers are followed by some combinations that are related to the color, strap or case material. 1VDR = Black, 2VDR = Blue, 3VDR = Green, 7VDR = Titanium, YT = Titanium Ion coated (black), GB = Ballistic Nylon strap (certainly strap adapters)
The Japanese naming convention is the same with J1 being black and YT being hard coated titanium, also referred to as “Black Titans” and is the high end Protreks, with a high end price tag.
There is also a variation targeted for humid environments heavy duty called SEA-PATHFINDER.