Casio really seems to have been on a tear over the last six to nine months, releasing quite a number of pieces, particularly in their Edifice lineup. Weâ€™ve taken a look at a few of those, and even some that feature a Bluetooth hookup in them. The one weâ€™re talking about today – the Casio Edifice ECB900DB – brings something new to the dial that weâ€™ve not seen as of yet – digital.
That is to say, some digital components. Obviously, under the skin of the Casio Edifice ECB900DB, itâ€™s an all-quartz affair. On the dial side, the Edifice watches tend to be full-analog. That can certainly work, but in my experience, when thereâ€™s a lot more functionality packed into a watch, like the Edifice lineup does, having some digital displays can help improve usability in a drastic way.
Whatâ€™s interesting with the Casio Edifice ECB900DB is that the brand is NOT pushing the Bluetooth connection as a way of tracking activity, or putting alerts on your wrist. Rather, itâ€™s all about keeping your watch accurate. Basically, not only can it adjust when youâ€™re at home for any +/- issues, when you travel, it will adjust itself to your new (local-to-you) time zone. Or, as we just hit over the weekend here in the states, automatically adjust things for Daylight Savings time.
Past that, youâ€™ve got the Tough Solar charging in place (which Iâ€™m a fan of) along with a full complement of specs and functionality, including water resistance up to 100 meters, high-brightness double LED light, stopwatch with speed indicator and more. Youâ€™ve also got the two LCD displays, which look to, by default, give you the date and day, but Iâ€™m sure interact when youâ€™re in the other functions. In terms of how itâ€™s likely to fit, weâ€™ve not seen this one, but Iâ€™m thinking our review on the Casio Edifice ECB900 will give you an idea on that.
The Casio Edifice ECB900DB will be available later this spring in either a red- or blue-accented design for $200. To my way of thinking, though itâ€™s not a watch I would normally gravitate towards, it is a whole lot of functionality on tap here for the price. Iâ€™ve said it before, and Iâ€™ll say it again – you canâ€™t underestimate the usefulness of having solar charging paired with a quartz movement. Add in that theyâ€™ve managed to make the Bluetooth useful, and not just a gimmick, thatâ€™s another nice add-in in my book. casio.com
- Brand & Model: Casio Edifice ECB900DB
- Price: $200
- Whoâ€™s it for? You want a good, basic, quartz chronograph that can keep up with your travel schedule
- Would I wear it? No – but thatâ€™s Iâ€™ve already got a Tough Solar kicking around in my watch box
- What Iâ€™d change: Why not a slimmed-down non-chronograph version?
- The best thing about it:Aside from solar charging, I think the small LCD displays up the utility of the watch