Need help in identifying vintage Protrek

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    Need help in identifying vintage Protrek

    I recently stumbled upon what looked like a vintage Protrek displayed alongside several G-Shocks in a watch store, but since I was in a rush I wasn't able to scrutinize it properly, much less ask the sales staff about it. However, it did get my curiosity going, but I couldn't get my research started without a model name, so here's the part where I solicit your assistance in identifying it, if at all possible.

    Sorry if this is practically tantamount to detective work, but all I can offer are several clues from what I saw:

    - Round shape with black resin band, possibly made from stainless steel judging by the sheen on the case. Has 'PROTREK' stamped on the 12 o'clock position, and 'TOUGH SOLAR' on the 6 o'clock position.

    - About the size of, or just slightly bigger than, a standard watch (none of the exaggerated dimensions found on current Protreks).

    - The screen was blank at the time, either on Power Save or the battery had drained completely, but the module has hints of a tide graph and moon age indicator (could be wrong, though). Also has Full Auto EL.

    - Directional markings around the bezel, suggesting a compass function as well.

    It's just that I'm fascinated by the existence of a vintage solar Protrek, and one retailing for significantly less than $85. The usual generous assistance will be much appreciated. Thanks in advance.
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    Re: Need help in identifying vintage Protrek

    PRS-500 maybe?



    Image from here

    Specs:
    •Electro-luminescent backlight
    Full auto EL light

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    Solar powered
    •Low-temperature resistant (-10°)
    •Dual time
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    Bearing Mode
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    Moon data (Moon age of the input data, moon graph)
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    Tide graph
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    1/100-second stopwatch
    Measuring capacity: 99:59'59.99''
    Measuring modes: Elapsed time, split time, 1st-2nd place times

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    Countdown timer
    Measuring unit: 1 second
    Countdown range: 60 minutes
    Countdown start time setting range: 1 to 60 minutes (1-minute increments)
    Others: Auto-repeat, time up alarm, count up after countdown (up to 100 hours)

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    Daily alarms
    5 independent daily alarms
    Snooze feature for one alarm only (20-second alarm; up to 7 repeats at intervals of approximately 5 minutes)

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    Hourly time signal
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    Brightness alarm
    •Battery power indicator
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    Power Saving (Turns off the display when the watch is left in the dark.)
    •Auto-calendar (to year 2039)
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    12/24-hour format
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    Regular timekeeping: Hour, minutes, seconds, pm, month, date, day
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    Accuracy: ±15 seconds per month
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    Approximate battery life:
    10 months on CTL1616 (Storage/Secondary battery)
    *Operating period with normal use without exposure to light after full charge.
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    Re: Need help in identifying vintage Protrek

    Or maybe the PRS-200?



    I know you said directional markings, but I'm having a hard time coming up with that so far.

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    Re: Need help in identifying vintage Protrek

    WT_351, thanks, those are certainly small solar Protreks. But like you said, they're missing the directional markers. And the one I saw isn't even an atomic model.

    Truth be told, I'm having doubts as to the supposed moon phase indicator on the module; it could just as easily have been a charge meter. Either way, it's not round, more like oval/elliptical in shape with a wave below it.
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    Re: Need help in identifying vintage Protrek

    Quote Originally Posted by WT_351 View Post
    Or maybe the PRS-200?

    It was closer than I initially thought.

    I have reason to believe that what I saw was the PRS-201-1V. Mostly fits the bill, after all.



    The watch has a Bearing Mode which explains the directional markings, used to determine approximate direction via the solar azimuth.

    Thanks again, folks.
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    Re: Need help in identifying vintage Protrek

    PRG-70? That was a smaller Pre-Atomic Pro Trek that came out around 2004. No Tide or moon chart though.

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