Over the last year or so, we’ve taken a look at quite a few different watches in the Casio Edifice line (you can see those here). Â In many ways, you can look at these as a more refined cousin of what you’d see in the G-Shock lineup. Â Today, we’re having a look at the solar-poweredÂ Casio Edifice EQS920DB-1AV.
Now, long-time readers might be wondering what in the world I’m doing reviewing a chronograph. Â And, sure, it’s not a complication that I have much regular use for, but once you’ve got time and date, I’m not going to hold it against a watch once they’ve added in something like a chronograph.
In this case, it brings the opportunity for some visual complexity on the dial. Â At first, the eye is struck by the red accents, as that is something that we’re not seeing much these days. I know blue is the popular color (and I’m a fan of that hue), but red is quick blast of color and it’s used to great effect here. Â It’s subtle and not overdone, but mixes things up.
The more interesting aspect to the dial – in my book – is all of the different layers, angles, and textures that Casio has going on with theÂ Casio Edifice EQS920DB-1AV. Â Some of it is to hide the solar panels, but Casio could have easily gone with a simpler, printed dial for the subdials and the like. Â Instead, we’ve got all sort of applied indices and semi-circles, and when it plays with the light, it really draws you in. Â In many ways, it makes the watch feel like a much more costly watch.
One thing that didn’t feel as upscale was the bracelet. Â Sure, on a more affordable watch – particularly one on a bracelet – you’re going to expect some compromises. Â It’s a simple friction pin bracelet, and it’s one that’s a bit jangly. Â That, whatever, I can get used to that. Â What really bugged me, for whatever reason, was the fact that the watch couldn’t lay flat. Â Given how the links interact with each other, when you set the watch down, it’s actually standing up from the table. Â If you’re putting the watch in a box or whatever, perhaps not a big deal. Â For me, though, when I set a watch down, I like it to lay flat. Â So, perhaps something Casio can have a look at, how the bracelet links articulate.
Once adjusted, I did find the bracelet – and watch itself – fit my wrist pretty well. Â Which is surprising, as this is a bigger case (almost 48mm diameter, and 55mm lug-to-lug). Â With all the steel, it comes in at 170g, so you’ll be thinking you’ve got a mechanical watch in play. Â It’s got a variety of polished and matte surfaces, which I like, as it picks up the light in interesting ways. Â It also minimizes fingerprints, while still allowing the watch to feel a bit more dressy, if the occasion calls for it.
At the end of the day, I found theÂ Casio Edifice EQS920DB-1AV to be a perfectly fine watch. Â At a price ofÂ $170, you’ve got some compromises in the mix (with the bracelet), but you’re picking up solar charging and a chronograph complication, so this feels – and looks – like a watch that punches above its weight. Â And, as I mentioned at the outset, if you’re a person who likes the durability of the G-Shock lineup but wants something a bit less, well, chunky, something like the Edifice lineup is a good alternative. Â Now, just imagine if this was slimmed down and done in titanium, that could be something fun! Â However, pipe dreams aside, if you’re on the hunt for a robust, accurate quartz chronograph, theÂ Casio Edifice EQS920DB-1AV has a lot going on in its favor. Â casio.com
Brand & Model: Casio EdificeÂ EQS920DB-1AV
Whoâ€™s it for?Â You dig the solar-powered G-Shock lineup, but find yourself needing something a bit dressier
Would I wear it?Â While it’s a fine-enough piece, given that I don’t use chronographs, something like this watch would be wasted on my wrist
What Iâ€™d change:Â The articulation of the links so the watch can lay flat
The best thing about it:Â All of the layers and nooks-and-crannies that the dial has
Tech Specs from Casio
- Solar powered
- IP Bezel
- Flat Bezel Design
- SS band
- 100 m water resistant
- 1- second stopwatch
- Measuring capability:(29’59)
- Measuring modes: Elapsed time, 1st-2nd place times
- Battery level indicator
- Date display
- Regular timekeeping
- Analog: 3 hands (hour, minute, second)
- 3 dials (24-hour, stopwatch minutes, stopwatch seconds)
- Accuracy: +_20 seconds per month
- Operating time from full charge until hands stop: Approx. 5 months
- Size of case/total weight: Â EQS-920……55.0 X 47.6 X12.5 MM /170g