Today, my local dealer had good news for me: the PRW-2000 had arrived just in time for the weekend. Time to release it from it's wooden box...
The watch has a substantial size, and although being pretty slim, it doesn't feel "flimsy". On the wrist, it looks even bigger than a, say, "Riseman" GW-9200. I like the knurling of the metal ring: it's very precisely machined and lets the watch look fairly expensive. The top-section of the metal ring is quite shallow, which adds to the "flat" look of the watch, but I'm afraid that this layout will be a "scratch magnet".
The wristband is nicely structured and feels thicker than a typical G-shock band. It isn't, though. The facetted sides just trick the eye. But it's more flexible, and feels rather rubber-like, compared to the G-shock's polyurethane.
I like the colors of my new PRW-2000: the case and the band are not flat black, but anthracite. The display has a nice light blue background. The letters on the display are printed very crisp, but pretty small.
What's not to like?
The double-layer LCD is cool, and the compass-indicators are very crisp. But the normal numbers are fading a bit on different viewing angles. This LCD is no match to the latest G-Shock displays in terms of contrast. I guess this is a trade-off of the double-layer technology.
Please have a look at the pictures, and the obligatory wrist-shot. What do you think?