While many Edifice watches offer a lot of similar functionality, they also differ markedly in styling and how information is displayed. The Casio Edifice EQS-600DB-1A4 EQS600DB-1A4 incorporates its traditional handset and subdial and offers a bold if busy design that stands out on the steel bracelet. As a Bluetooth ECB family watch, the Casio Edifice ECB800DB-1A offers a range of connected functionality (“Mobile Link Technology”) via the Casio mobile application. This allows the watch to access the current exact time for 300 cities worldwide (including daylight savings information) and sync automatically (four times daily) or manually.
The Casio Edifice EQS-600DB-1A4 EQS600DB-1A4 is an easy way to begin to understand the Edifice world is that it can be broken down into Standard (EFR, EFV, and ERA), Solar (EQS), and Bluetooth (EQB and ECB) families identified by the cryptic letters before their reference numbers.
The Casio Edifice EQS-600DB-1A4 EQS600DB-1A4 offers 100m of water resistance and is solar powered, ensuring that your watch is always operating at peak efficiency. Casio makes it a point to mention that solar charging can be used even in low or fluorescent light, and not just in the sunshine. Stopwatch, countdown, laps, daily alarms, and more are standard on many Casio Watches.
Ultimately, I think a lot comes down to preference and taste, whether you are choosing between these two watches or the many more Casio Edifice iterations available. Of course, the Casio Edifice EQS-600DB-1A4 EQS600DB-1A4 Chronograph Analog Men’s Watch will have a special appeal to those motorsport fans due to its design similar to the sports car dashboards. While there are a few distinct differences in the materials used and the overall design of each timepiece, there are some consistent details that remain the throughout each new watch.
Casio Edifice EQS-600DB-1A4 EQS600DB-1A4 is water resistant to 100 meters, feature a one-second stopwatch, and include other user-friendly complications such as a date and a battery-level indicator. Each watch’s solar panel is located underneath its inset dial allowing it to be charged in low and fluorescent light as well daylight.
The two EQS-600DB-1A4 EQS600DB-1A4 (1AV and 2AV) are variants of the same model in the Solar Collection (EQS = Solar Collection in Casio lingo). The 1AV version features black and gray accents; the 2AV, blue and black. Both models feature a dash of high-speed potency with a new carbon dial that utilizes the same carbon fiber found throughout Formula One racing. The subdial configuration is set in the 6, 9, and 12 o’clock positions with small seconds, a 30-minute counter, and a 24-hour subdial set in each respective spot. Caressing the small seconds at 6 o’clock is a battery-level-indicator that will quickly let you know when your watch needs some sun. Finally, the date window makes the top edge of the 4 o’clock index its resting place. Casio kept the same dial configuration for the EFSS500DB-1AV/1BV models but added a sapphire crystal to the watch for additional protection. The size stays at 49 mm and the date window remains at 3 o’clock but the attractive counterweight has been moved from the watch’s 30-minute subdial to the small seconds at 6 o’clock. There’s the option of either gray or gold accents for the indexes and hands but the real difference maker is the presence of four screws on the bezel, an uncharacteristic move for the Japanese brand that adds some old-school charm to the watch’s appearance. Both models are priced at $220.
Bottom line: A more simple solar-powered watch with the look of a traditional chronograph – and that is not connected to one’s phone – has an appeal of its own.
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