The idea was to buy a Rangeman as an ideal holiday watch. My daily watches are mainly diver watches and various automatic models. I do have an older analog Protrek but for holiday I wanted all digital (for general sturdiness), and ideally with more functionality than my current only all digital watch, the G9300 Mudman.
First impression of the Rangeman was very positive, it feels more upmarket than most G-Shocks, and I did like the textured buttons.
Then I saw THIS in the shop for only a bit more money:
This is the Pro-Trek PRW-3000-T7, the one with a titanium bracelet and aluminum case.
Yes, the Rangeman will be sturdier in extreme situations but truth be told, while I like general outdoor activity, I am not into extreme sports. For me, and I expect most people, the practical difference in sturdiness will probably not matter.
A very interesting comparison followed, since in essence the two watches have approximately the same functionality (I did not check the exact functionality difference details) and use the same sensor module. It is more the execution of the functionality that differs.
In this comparison at least for me the Protrek had a number of advantages:
- While I like the rugged manly look of the G-Shock, the much more svelte Protrek is almost smart-casual in nature and can easily be worn under a close fitting shirt.
- The display of the Protrek is significantly easier, more relaxed to read than the Rangeman
- The titanium looks and feels great and the result is a very light (nearly) all metal watch. It is fractionally heavier than the mainly synthetic Rangeman yet strangely it does not feel heavier. It also makes the watch less casual in style.
- I am more a bracelet dude than a resin strap amateur. Also, less worry about any dreaded long term resin rot.
- The smaller Protrek (yet with its large uninterrupted display area, it is not cramped) is more discreet in style (which may be a plus or a minus for others)
- A disadvantage is the water resistance: 100m for ProTrek vs 200m for Rangeman. Now I know that these indications are not real dive depths like on dedicated dive watches. In any case I expect that the Protrek should be watertight enough for general swimming up to my own requirement of a few meters depth - question: does anyone here swim with the 3000 series Protreks? No issues I assume? I do not intend to press buttons while swimming. I must say that the extra reserve in the 200m WR of the Rangeman would have been good.
In the end these considerations made me buy the titanium Protrek. Mind, the Rangeman was seriously attractive, and if it were not for this high tech titanium model with its posh look and feel, I would have probably opted for the Rangeman instead of a synthetic material PRW3000 variant, I mean I would likely not have selected a full resin Protrek out of the display cabinet for comparison.