Casio Edifice EQB501 Watches

Casio Edifice EQB501 Watches

Casio Edifice EQB501 Watches Watch Releases

Modern day digital watches are extremely accurate and also clever. Digital watch giant Casio already has a range of high-tech G-Shock watches that combine GPS and atomic clock radio signals to keep perfect time. However, it goes without saying that these watches often cost a pretty penny more than your average G-Shock. Fortunately, there is now a more accessible alternative, and it comes in the form of Casio’s new Edifice EQB501 watches that feature the brand’s Bluetooth Accurate Time System. Let's find out how it works and take a closer look at the watch itself.

Casio Edifice EQB501 Watches Watch Releases

We'll talk about the Bluetooth Accurate Time System first. As much as we watch lovers are pained to admit it, your smartphone is arguably the most accurate timekeeping device around. Most smartphones are GPS-enabled and are already constantly updated with the latest atomic time signals, so why not make use of that?

Casio Edifice EQB501 Watches Watch Releases

Time information is routinely acquired by smartphones from an atomic time server on the Internet. The smartphone then analyzes this data and compares it with location data gleaned from its GPS. This is how smartphones automatically set their time. Using the Bluetooth Accurate Time System, the smartphone can then pass on this time information to the Casio Edifice EQB501 watch via Bluetooth, thus ensuring that the watch keeps accurate time. In fact, the Casio Edifice EDQB501 automatically syncs with your smartphone up to four times a day to ensure that it has the most accurate home and world times. It will even take into account daylight saving time.

Casio Edifice EQB501 Watches Watch Releases

The Casio Edifice EQB501 can also be managed by owners using the Casio Watch+ app, which is available as a free download for both iOS and Android devices. The app lets owners quickly adjust the time on the watch, set alarms, access and set world times, transfer stopwatch data, and more. All in all, the Casio Edifice EQB501, like most other Casio digital watches, is packed full of features and makes for an ideal go-everywhere, wear-everyday watch. Much of this functionality is similar to what Casio is offering in even more full-featured, but also more expensive, watches such as the G-Shock Gravitymaster GPW2000 (hands-on) or the $7,400 G-Shock MR-G MRGG2000HT-1A Hammer Tone (hands-on).

Casio Edifice EQB501 Watches Watch Releases

The Casio Edifice EQB501 measures 44.4mm in a brushed and polished stainless steel case with a stainless steel bracelet. It is water resistant up to 100 meters and the three-dimensional dial is protected by a scratch-resistant mineral crystal.

Casio Edifice EQB501 Watches Watch Releases

Like most modern high-tech Casio watches, the Casio Edifice EQB501 has a highly three-dimensional dial with lots of details. At 12 o’clock, we have a 24-hour display, and at 9 o’clock we have a sub-dial that indicates time in another time zone along with a day/night indicator. At 4 o’clock, there’s the day and date indicator as well as a speed indicator, which is really just a cooler way of reading the tachymeter. The Casio Edifice EQB501 is also solar-powered and a single full charge is good for about 8 months worth of operation.

Casio Edifice EQB501 Watches Watch Releases

Finally, the Edifice EQB501 will come in two variants. The Edifice EQB501XD-1A features an all stainless steel case and bracelet, and a black dial with sporty red accents. The Edifice EQB501XDB-1A also has a stainless steel case and bracelet, but with a black ion-plated bezel and a black dial with striking blue and green accents.

Casio Edifice EQB501 Watches Watch Releases

These new Casio Edifice EQB501 watches are significantly more affordable than Casio's premium GPS-timekeeping-enabled watches. As such, I see them as being great options for watch lovers who want a simple, capable, and tough watch that can stand up to the rigors of traveling. Of course, their ability to sync time and display time in two time zones also make them excellent choices for frequent travelers. The Casio Edifice EQB501XD-1A with red accents is priced at $300, while the Edifice EQB501XDB-1A with blue accents and black bezel is priced at $320. casio.com

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  • Larry Holmack

    Pretty cool looking watch. I’d really like it if there was one that had a Black IP case and bracelet. I know most are tired of the all black look, but I am sure there are plenty of guys out there who would go for the all black look. I can usually find Casio’s at the local Sam’s, Costco or even that home shopping network that is (in)famous for selling watches on TV. They sometimes have Casio’s on their network with a pretty hefty discount and those 6 easy payments! I’ll have to keep my eye’s open for this one.

  • Raymond Wilkie

    Oh dear.

  • OmniWrench

    Boy, I see at least four blank areas between hour markers, surely they could have found some more text or symbols to fill them with!!

  • $300 for a hyper-accurate, solar-powered, 100m water-resistant, dual time watch with classic lines and styling? The last thing I need is another “travel watch” but I almost feel compelled to pick one up. Casio Asia’s site has many more color variants, by the way, if you don’t need a Tach bezel. Which you don’t:

    http://www.edifice-watches.com/asia-mea/en/collection/link_with_smartphone/EQB-500/

    (I’m enjoying Quartz Day here at ABTW, by the way – reminds me of the type of info I would have sought out when I first got into collecting watches and didn’t know any better).

    • IG

      $300 for a quartz turd? Better spent on booze.

  • Ye Cheng Lin

    I stopped reading at Mineral crystal. No mineral crystal ever remain scratch free after 3 months on my wrist. All those wonderful Seiko, Citizen watches? I just stopped buying them altogether after I got my first watch with sapphire crystal(after graduated college). Granted, not all sapphire are scratch free, but they are very few indeed. All my watches with scratched mineral crystals are in the bottom drawer, or the garbage. I only own them for less than a year before I can’t bring myself to wear them.

  • Gokart Mozart

    The hands are as small as Donald Trumps and It’s about as good looking as his hair style.

  • Nova Setyo

    Good fitur…

  • BNABOD

    The need to put Bluetooth and the blue tooth sign was too strong. For 300 bucks it makes for a decent travel partner

  • Lincolnshire Poacher

    I like these cool techy sporty watches. The Ediface is a cheap version of the Astron, and the Satallite Wave. But really, I just don’t wear them, even as an occasional watch.

  • Sheez Gagoo

    Why mineral? Why? Sad.

  • SuperStrapper

    Tough to complain about a watch packing this kind of functionality in a price bracket like that.

  • Bozzor

    Hmmm, a few busy details that jar things but overall, pretty decent: street price will be closer to $230-250. A sensible everyday watch that you won’t have to worry about banging up…

    • thecouchguy

      Precisely.

  • IG

    Tough solar? LOL Yawn.™

  • Mischa

    Casio watches are super fun. The amount of functionality you get with these versus the price, is insanely good value. Very tempting indeed.

  • Kevin Beard

    I love the Edifice line, overall they are great watches and look cool. The only complaint I have is the mineral glass crystal. My first “Edifice” ended up being a knockoff and I wore that thing a couple years with no issues, sapphire crystal was perfect. I got a real Edifice after I learned my first one was a knockoff. The mineral glass had scratches after just a couple days wearing it. My only complaint with them is the crystal scratches really easy.

  • Julian Rowland

    I have the Cobalt Blue version and its stunning and supremely comfortable. Learning the app is a challenge though!

  • Andrew Hughes

    Seems like a lot of watch for the money…

  • Ulysses31

    It borrows elements from all manner of cheap quartz watches and smushes them together in an unappealing, random way. Casio have never failed to pack in all kinds of features into their watches, but where they tend to fall down is in design and finishing. It looks utterly forgettable.

  • Ranchracer

    Casio website says 52mm, not 44. Significant difference there!