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The Casio PAW1300 Pathfinder is a rugged watch meant for hiking and trekking in the woods.

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Also comes in black and titanium versions.

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Much smaller than previous Pathfinder watches.

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The barometric pressure graph is wonderful-- like having a weather station on your wrist!

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The compass is reasonably accurate.

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Very attractive styling without the cartoonish clunkiness of other triple-sensor watches. Much thinner than typical-- slips under a shirt sleeve.

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Removal of LCD overlay for compass and altimeter functions reduces thickness, and also makes the display clearer (as the extra layer on top of the digits has been removed).

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Nightly atomic time sync plus native quartz accuracy makes for dependability and convenience (Daylight Savings Time is handled automatically)

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LCD overlay for compass, altimeter functions as in previous Pathfinder editions was removed to reduce size.

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Solar charging means regular battery replacements are not needed. In other watches, the same internal rechargeable battery has been good for 8-10 years of service, and it is replaceable.

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World time feature is wonderful. Scroll through the time zones, and both your "home" time and the time in that zone will be displayed simultaneously. Great for international travel and business.

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Case design is tough, and the hardened glass crystal is recessed scratch-resistant.

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LCD overlay for compass, altimeter functions as in previous Pathfinder editions was removed to reduce size.

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Alarm sound is a bit puny.

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Like all barometric pressure-based altimeters, Casio's altitude readings can change based on weather, etc. Per the manual, calibrate to a known waypoint if you want accuracy (it's quick).

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No graph for thermometer

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The thermometer is mainly intended to compensate the silicon barometric pressure sensor, so it shows wrist temperature unless you leave the watch off for 20 minutes or so.

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Illumination is brief at ~1second, and is fixed.

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Removing titanium model's band links requires knowledge due to unusual pin-and-sleeve design (also used by Seiko on some watches). Band setup by an inept technician can result in separation.

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Not a diving watch. (This really isn't a con, but some people gripe about certain Pathfinders not being diving watches).

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The Casio PAW1300 Pathfinder is a rugged watch meant for hiking and trekking in the woods, and offers the functionality to match. These include automatic time synchronization, solar powered, compass, altimeter and weather indicators such as barometer and thermometer.

The watch can synchronize with an atomic clock using its built-in radio receiver and time decoder. It can receive five different signals, depending on its location: one in the US (Fort Collins, Colorado), two in Japan, one in Germany, and one in the UK. Daylight savings time and Leap Years are also automatically adjusted for. If a radio signal is not available, then the watch reverts to its own internal timekeeping (like any other normal quartz watch).

Casio claims you'll never have to change batteries or charge the watch, as it uses the "Tough Solar" power system. The batteries are charged either from sunlight, or electrical lighting, with the light entering the watch through the face and dial hitting the solar cell underneath.

Compass functionality lets you determine your heading at any moment. When the compass is activated the main directions of North, South, East and West are indicated by markers. You can then record a particular direction, letting you store and display up to 5, to keep track of your relative direction.

Barometric (atmospheric pressure change) readings are recorded every two hours with the last 13 readings being stored. You can then graph the barometer readings over time to determine if any trends are emerging.

The altimeter checks and displays any changes in height every two minutes. Every 15 minutes the current altitude and temperature are stored. You can set target marks for altitudes, and the watch will alert you when your current altitude is reaching the target. The watch can record 40 sets of altitude/temperature/date information as an archive.

In hiking situations the lighting conditions can vary wildly including near total dark. Casio has included an electro-luminescent (EL) back light solution for the Pathfinder that increases brightness while not consuming too much power. The watch detects the lighting conditions, and can automatically turn on the back light when you tilt the watch to your face. This "auto light" functionality can be turned off.

The watch emits a beep whenever a button is pressed. However, this button alert tone can be deactivated.


The PAW1300 Pathfinder is available in three variations that contain all the same specifications and differ only in look.

1300-1V is silver and black with a resin band

1300-3V is black on black with a resin band

1300T-7V is metal with a metal band

Technical 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 degrees
    Measuring unit: 1 degree
  • Bearing Memory
    Memory Capacity: 1 record (stored direction angle and indicator)
  • Altimeter
    Measuring range: -700 to 10,000m (-2,300 to 32,800ft)
    Measuring unit: 5m (20ft)
  • 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
    Altitude alarm
  • 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 grapic
  • 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)
  • Module 3070

Size of case/total weight
PAW1300 56.9 x 47.4 x 11.5mm / 60g

Post Review
04/01/2009 04:57

dudegalea, your photos are awesome. How'd you do the reverse-LCD trick?

Royalton, there is no difference in features or functionality between models in the PAW1300 series. Same internal module. Only the bands and case materials change with model.

I'm enjoying my PAW1300T-7V, the titanium model. Very nice watch, suitable for outdoor fun and button-down business, lots of functionality, good quality and impressive looks without being ostentatious. Has a feel to it that suggests it'll last pretty much forever.

12/30/2008 01:50

I have uploaded some tagged photos of a disassembled 1300.

I'm not sure they're really suitable for the gallery, as the normal consumer will not be looking inside it! :-)

04/15/2008 06:01

I saw from Casio web site that there is another variations --- 1300G-1V. Based on review from some user forum, this is the lightest(in weight) model among 1300 series.

I'm wondering if there is any sacrifice in features.

05/24/2007 09:48

just bought a 1300t-7v love the band,clasp and the fit so far it works as advertised. have been wearing casio's for years swear by them. if this is the type of watch that you are looking for buy it i'm happy

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