The perfect EDC watch is an elusive beast. The best ____ is the one you have with you, but you never know what life will throw at you on any given day. That’s why I like a watch I can wear every day that can at least muddle through whatever needs to be done, whether it’s a surprise visit by an important client or an impromptu dip in the lake. So I’m always on the lookout for a budget watch like this that looks classy but is basically disposable, and I purchased this watch from Amazon with Prime shipping. They just raised the price on Prime which we’re not too happy with, but it still makes sense for us.
At about 30 bucks it was hard to pass this model up. It has a stainless steel case, a mineral crystal and it looks like a more expensive model. The resin (rubber) band is a nice touch because resin bands don’t absorb anything. After wearing a canvas or leather strap in the shower for a while and sweating on it day after day, these types of bands will start to smell. Even nylon straps to some extent. So this type of resin band is nice if the watch will be getting wet on a regular basis. It should be noted that the band is proprietary, and you can only get a replacement band direct from Casio for most of the price of the watch. Not a big deal for me because if I like this watch enough to wear out the band, paying another 20 bucks or so won’t be a problem.
Official Specs (From Amazon)
|Brand, Seller, or Collection Name||Casio|
|Dial window material type||Mineral|
|Case material||Stainless steel|
|Case diameter||39 millimeters|
|Case Thickness||8 millimeters|
|Band width||18 millimeters|
|Bezel material||Stainless steel|
|Calendar||Day and date|
|Special features||Luminous, Water Resistant|
|Water resistant depth||330 Feet|
|Warranty type||Contact seller of record|
This watch was purchased with a Citizen Eco Drive watch almost as an afterthought.When I opened the boxes, the missus looked at the Citizen and said “ooh that’s ugly” and she looked at the Casio and said “hey, that’s nice.” So right out of the box, this Edifice was getting compliments.
At first glance this looks like a much more expensive watch. Maybe even at second or third glance. I’ve always like Casio as a brand, but this is one of the best first impressions I’ve had with any watch.
This model is one of the few in its price range with a stainless steel case and mineral glass crystal–both well executed. The resin (rubber) band looks and feels solid, and overall the watch gives me the impression that it is well built. The crystal looks almost as good as the one on the much more expensive Citizen that was part of the same order. Casio has a good reputation so I’m inclined to believe that this watch is as well built as it appears to be.
Fit and Finish
The second hand does not strike the markers on the dial where it should. It’s probably the width of a couple second hands shy of hitting the markers dead center. It’s a pet peeve of mine on higher end watches but I really can’t complain for 30 bucks. There were also some minor scratches on the crown out of the box, which I only noticed from the photos.
Other than that, overall the fit and finish of this watch is well above average. I’m especially impressed with how the band meets the case. It’s really clean looking, and the case/crystal look really sharp.
|It came with a few scratches on the crown|
There’s not to many watches with stainless steel cases in the sub 30 dollar price range, especially ones that don’t look ridiculously cheap. The Japanese have always been good with steel, but the case on this one is impressive given its price point. I have to look closely at the case to see the difference between the case on the Edifice and a higher end watch.
The resin band on this is nice because it doesn’t absorb water like other types of bands. Shower for a month with a leather or canvas band and it won’t smell very good. Rubber type bands don’t have that problem, and they are the ideal type of you frequently get wet.
The Edifice has a proprietary band which can only be replaced directly from Casio. It does look well made, though. The buckle is well designed and I like how it sits flat.
The dial makes this watch look like a chronograph, but the sub-dials in reality are just day and date indicators. That’s fine by me, because I’m not a big fan of chronographs for every day carry due to the two extra buttons pressing against my wrist 24/7.
The hands are all well shaped and have luminescent material on them, as do the hour markers on the dial. The dial is a little busier than I normally like for an EDC watch, but it’s easy to read for how busy it is. Plus, it looks classy.
This is one of the more well tested models I own because I can shower or use it around water. If I get it muddy or dirty, then I can just run it under the sink faucet. So far so good.
Glow in the Dark
This is one of those areas where it’s really easy to tell the budget watches apart from their more expensive cousins. The GITD material on this model is the same cheap stuff you’ll find on pretty much every cheap watch. Most of the time it is good enough to read in the middle of the night. If I were sleeping in a strange place like camping or in a hotel, then I’d probably charge the material with a flashlight before bed time, and like I did for the photo below.
This watch is comfortable to wear day to day. Some of the larger resin band watches pull at the hair on my arm and make it hard to wear them every day. This watch has a thin enough band and sits flat enough to where it doesn’t rub on me. It’s not quite as comfortable as some of my ultralight nylon strap watches like the Eco Drive, but it’s pretty close.
This watch is the best of both worlds and seems to be one of those EDC gems I’ve been searching for. It looks fantastic at a price point that basically makes it disposable. It’s durable and easy to read, and accurate enough for my needs. And it looks good enough to where I get regular compliments on it. Aside from its couple of fit and finish issues, there’s a lot to like for the price. It’s a watch that wouldn’t be too far out of place in a suit or in the mud.