I owned gshock watches prior to buying the Pathfinder…
Price Paid: $125, used from E-bay
I owned gshock watches prior to buying the Pathfinder PAW1500. I was very happy with them but wanted some of the features of the Pathfinder series. The PAW1500 seemed to have the best of both worlds plus compass, solar rechargeable, and Atomic time setting.
Number one; it keeps perfect time day in and day out despite the abuses of being hit and banged, or going straight from the sunlight on a 95 degree day into a cold stream of water. I use the tidal and moon phase data to help me make fishing decisions similiar to; well it's time to go home.
The back light is clear and bright, however I wish it stayed on a few seconds longer instead of the 2 to 3 seconds at a time. The auto light feature turning on by itself when you twist your wrist is very convenient because it allows you to read your watch in the dark without having to use your other hand.
On a scouting trip in the woods I sunk my truck in a ditch and was not precisely sure exactly where I was, and with a solid overcast I could not see the sun. I did know that I could go cross country thru the woods due west and eventually intercept an access road. Punched the watch compass button once and within seconds I started moving west and kept doing so until reaching the access road. The watch immediately gave me the confidence that I would be coming out of the woods relatively quick instead of wandering in the failing light as evening approached, and I did.
It is very easy and pleasurable to rate the Casio Pathfinder PAW1500 as a superior product.