Casio, who remarkably celebrated their one hundred millionth G-Shock recently, are also makers of a number of other interesting and technologically focused watches. Casio’s Pro-Trek series, designed for outdoor enthusiasts, might not quite have the emphasis on G-Shock-level toughness but are still a highly durable collection of sport watches with connected features as their focus. Now, Casio Watches U.K have released a limited edition of their Pro Trek smart watch, the WSD-F20 that was announced earlier this year. The new and limited Casio Pro Trek WSD-F20X Smart Outdoor Watch is designed specifically for winter sports and features a new interactive watch face, Ski Tracks app compatibility, and interchangeable bands for different sporting scenarios.
For the uninitiated, the Pro Trek WSD-F20 is designed as the outdoorsman’s smart watch and sports a lengthy list of features to include GPS connectivity, full color maps (which can be used offline as well), a digital compass, altimeter, barometer, activity tracker, and dual-layer LCD dial structure which all function in concert with a smartphone equipped with the Android Wear app. Sporting a 1.32-inch touchscreen, 50m of water resistance, and a not insignificant 61.7mm × 57.7mm × 15.3mm case, the WSD-F20 is built with legibility, functionality, and durability in mind. Casio’s new WSD-F20X is essentially a limited version of the same watch, but with a few notable differences to specialize it for winter sports.
The Casio Watches U.K Pro Trek WSD-F20X separates itself from the regular model most prominently in its newly designed “Place” face (Casio doesn’t say “dial”) which is connected to Google Calendar and displays a map of either the wearer’s current or target destination. Other dial features like sub-dials and the tracking of a secondary application can be displayed according to user preference. Additionally, the Casio WSD-F20X is designed to work with the Ski Tracks app by Core Corders Ltd., which is specially designed to track and record a day of skiing. Other than those technical features, the new watch also has a black and green color scheme throughout. Finally, the WSD-F20X comes complete with interchangeable bands, one in standard Casio urethane and another in cloth to fit over winter outerwear.
It was easy for me to recommend Casio’s latest G-Shock Gravitymaster watch to the friendly US Air Force captain who contacted aBlogtoWatch seeking advice on watches for because of his particular squadron — especially as they were keen on discovering a conventional watch with GPS. The Casio Watches 40 Off G-Shock Gravitymaster GPW-2000 (aka GPW-2000, also seen here since the reference GPW-2000-3A or GPW-2000-1A) is the high-tech Japanese watchmaker’s most up-to-date timepiece to integrate their in-house made GPS system, together with a bunch of other tech which in my view makes a timepiece such as this truly state-of-the-art. That’s an uncommon designation on aBlogtoWatch since the majority of timepieces we write about might be new, but use older (mechanical watches) versus modern technology. Casio is among the rare brands that in my view are actually producing timepieces that feel to be an authentic expression of our contemporary times — with impressive functions and pricing which isn’t purely luxury-minded. With this in mind, I examine Casio G-Shock watches such as design, quality, in addition to performance — since the latter is a massive portion of this Casio merchandise value proposition. Over the past couple of years, Casio has been stepping up the quality, sophistication, and price of its own high-value G-Shock watches — and it’s truly been remarkable to see what they have done. Casio is combating an intriguing battle due to one end they need to meet the aesthetic and material expectations of increasingly complex watch lovers, and at precisely the identical time satisfy the engineers that make up the business by creating actually applicable “useful” watches that are priced as competitively as possible. So just how can the 2017 GPW-2000 measure up and fit in their strategy?For some history about the Gravitymaster collection, including more specialized specs about the GPW-2000 please see our debut hands-on article of the Casio G-Shock Gravitymaster GPW-2000 watch here. It is a follow-up to the GPW-1000, which also featured GPS but has been appreciably larger in size and in my view less visually attractive. Baselworld 2017 saw the welcome release of this new Gravitymaster and I think Casio is finally able to offer a very persuasive GPS-based conventional (versus non-smart) watch.
While not an incredible set of differences when compared to the older model, the new Casio Watches In Store Pro Trek WSD-F20X Smart Outdoor Watch demonstrates Casio’s prowess in customizing their pieces with purpose-oriented technology to suit the particular needs of certain consumers. The new Casio Pro Trek WSD-F20X, produced in a limited edition of only 200 pieces, will be available starting in December and only from Amazon, for a price of $550. casio.com.