Casio Men's EFA134SB-1A1 Edifice Solar Powered Stainless Steel Bracelet and Black Dial Watch
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- Black dial with silver-tone luminous index markers and hour hands
- Solar powered; Tachymeter
- Five alarms; World time
- Full auto calendar; LED light
- Water resistant to 330 feet (100 M): suitable for snorkeling, as well as swimming, but not diving
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Elegant and affordable, the Casio Men's Edifice Solar Powered Stainless Steel Bracelet and Black Dial Watch features a black dial with a sturdy mineral dial window that ensures durable wear. Silver-tone luminous index markers and hour hands promote at-a-glance readability, and a handy digital sub dial tracks the day, date, and month. The silver-tone stainless steel band comes equipped with a fold-over clasp push button clasp. Other details include a silver-tone, stationary, stainless steel bezel and case. Additional features include five alarms, 1/100 stop watch, world time and LED light. Presenting a perfect blend of functionality and design, this charming timepiece sets off your ensembles with a sophisticated touch. It is powered by quartz movement and is water resistant to 330 feet.
With the launch of its first watch in November 1974, Casio entered the wristwatch market at a time when the watch industry had just discovered digital technology. As a company with cutting-edge electronic technology developed for pocket calculators, Casio entered this field confident that it could develop timepieces that would lead the market.
Today, Casio is focusing its efforts on solar-powered radio-controlled watches: the built-in solar battery eliminates the nuisance of replacing batteries, atomic timekeeping means the users never have to reset the time. Recently, Casio launched a series of Bluetooth watches that sync to the users cell phone to automatically update the time. Casio is always moving time forward.
- Product Dimensions: 4.8 x 2.2 x 3.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
- ASIN: B0059001SC
- Item model number: EFA134SB-1A1
- Batteries: 1 Nonstandard Battery batteries required. (included)
- Date first available at Amazon.com: August 10, 2011
- Domestic Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
- International Shipping: This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
- Average Customer Review:
|Brand, Seller, or Collection Name||Casio|
|Dial window material type||Mineral|
|Display Type||Analog and digital|
|Clasp||Fold-Over Clasp with Double Push-Button Safety|
|Case material||Stainless steel|
|Case diameter||42.5 millimeters|
|Case Thickness||10.8 millimeters|
|Band Material||Stainless steel|
|Band length||Men's Standard|
|Band width||25.2 millimeters|
|Bezel material||Stainless steel|
|Calendar||Day, date, and month|
|Item weight||8 Ounces|
|Water resistant depth||330 Feet|
Top Customer Reviews
To illuminate the watch face, there's a single orange-ish LED that shines from the 6 o'clock position. Thus, the entire face is not uniformly illuminated as with a Timex Indiglo. The LCD displays are not backlit so you can't see them in the dark, even with the LED. The hands luminesce OK and you can see them fine if your eyes are accustomed to darkness (e.g., waking-up in the middle of the night). However, if you leave a lit building and step into darkness, you'll need the LED to see the hands. Bummer that the tick marks do not luminesce at all.
Never had a solar watch, but love using the LED indiscriminately and not worrying about battery consumption or replacement. It's advised not to keep the watch under a shirt sleeve for long periods, but with colder weather ahead, that's not practical. My first three days, I hardly exposed it to light, kept it under a shirt sleeve, and forays outside did not help as it was rainy. The battery indicator fell from HI to MED, which worried me since the charge is supposed to last for months in darkness. The next sunny day, I put the watch on my car dashboard for 20 minutes and it's remained in the HI state ever since (~2 weeks), shirt sleeves notwithstanding. So, I'd suggest starting your new watch with a 20-30 minute soak in the sun.
I love the Auto Calendar and never having to reset the day/date every other month or on leap years. While there's a Daylight Savings Time offset feature, it's disappointing that automatic adjustment is not built into the Auto Calendar. However, you can easily toggle between Daylight and Standard time, and the watch hands retreat or advance one hour, which is cool.
So, overall a great watch, with a few minor nits to pick on.
About the only thing I would change is to delete the tachymeter scale around the outside perimeter (I am not in the habit of timing my car speed through a mile) and have longer recorder and count down timers - this one has a maximum of 90 minutes rather than the 12 hour register on my mechanical watch. If it had these two changes I would definitely rate it 5 stars.
Battery powered watches: have to change batteries about 1 to 3 years.
Automatic watches: keeps on going as long as you wear them. But if you stop wearing it for a day or two. The watch stops.
Then found out about Solar powered watches. These are battery powered watches that are charged constantly as long as the watch face is exposed to light. A few manufacturers are available out there with this technology.
But I went with Casio Edifice due to the following personal reasons.
a. Very Affordable
b. Slim and light weight (compared to other similar stainless steel solar watches)
c. Has world time (dual time) Show time zones of 2 locations simultaneously. Home time shown in Analog, World time shown in digital display. (Some Casio models can swap the time from the Analog and Digital display, but this feature comes at a premium and at the expense of a thicker and heavier watch)
d. Has a stopwatch, countdown timer, and 5 alarms. Functions that I don't need, so this is just a bonus feature for me shall I need it next time.
e. When watch is not exposed to light (not wearing it). The battery will last for 5-6 months. This buffer is way better than an automatic watch.
f. It will pass as a formal / sporty looking watch.
g. Looks better actual vs other more expensive Edifice models.
It seems this watch is out of stock at the time of my review. I hope Casio continues producing this watch.
Some notes to consider.
Setting the time on this watch is not conventional analog watch. You set the time as how you set time with most digital watches. Some people may say that it takes too many button presses to set time. Technically, you will only have to do this once as the watch will keep on running as long as it is exposed to light.
As another reviewer pointed out, setting the countdown timer may be troublesome to some people. You adjust values going up by increments. You can't set down. Meaning, if you plan to set 5 mins, and you accidentally overshoot and set it to 6 mins. You have to count 7, 8, 9, 10.... until it gets back to 5. But this function I don't require so it doesn't affect me. And for this function I normally use my mobile phone rather than a watch.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It is a very nice and good looking watch. Very impressed with its timekeeping: less then 1 sec./month.Read more
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