The other day we noticed our friend's watch wasn't working, but we still haven't told them; it's never the right time. Rimshot! But seriously folks… if you just buy a Casio, it will probably outlast you so you won't have to worry about that kind of stuff.
The Pro Trek series of ABC watches – that's altimeter, barometer and compass functions to you watch newcomers – has always been solid, both in quality of construction and in value. For straight up features per dollar it's hard to beat a Pro Trek, and the new PRT-B70 fishing watch is both tough and pretty – let's call it the Gal Gadot of watches. Gal, if you're reading this call me! [editor's note: she's not reading this, give it up man…]
The B70 starts off with the basic Pro Trek build: slightly chunky mineral glass face, aluminum/resin construction, and rotating direction bezel all enclosing Casio's proven Quad Sensor with ABC + temperature, and also a step counter that uses the built-in accelerometer. The watch is secured to your wrist with a comfy silicone band and it's water resistant to 200 meters, so fish on. Also in accordance with its Pro Trek DNA the B70 includes plenty of navigational functions like waypoints and the ability to view route profiles using bluetooth to connect to the smartphone app. Beyond the comprehensive timekeeping functions – and they are ALL there and then some – a handful of features make the B70's 'fish mode' specifically interesting to anglers: moon data, tide graph and fishing timer, all of which access a database of 3,300 ports around the world to help you zero in on the best fishing times.
The software has improved somewhat since we reviewed the Pro Trek BRT-P50 last fall, but it's still clunky. The good news is you don't really need the software for most functions if you take the time to learn the watch interface. The exception is the fishing function set, but that actually works well enough on the app, so you're good to go. And let's face it, fish are fickle, so they are likely to ignore all your technology and do what fish do, which is to fool all the people.
All in all the B70 is a classic Pro Trek, which is to say it's a great watch at a good price, and everything from the color to the construction to the fishing features makes it a perfect companion for anyone who spends time outdoors and on the water, fishing or not.