Casio’s Edifice line is designed to be sporty, stylish, and sophisticated. They are for people who want something inexpensive (sub $100) and reasonably well made, but who can’t quite bring themselves to strap a big, black, plastic G-Shock to their wrists.
The new Edifice EF-505s are your standard affordable, consumer line quartz watches, but what caught my attention was their design. Casio has always been known for their innovative and durable timepieces, but recently, with watches like the Casio Futurist, Oceanus, and the Square Baby-Gs, Casio has been trying to move into markets driven more by fashion and style than technology. To my eye, the Edifice EF-505 line is reminiscent of the newish and very beautiful Seiko Sportura Kinetic Chronograph (though the similarities stop there — the Sportura Kinetic is a very nice mid-range chronograph which retails for around $995.)
Features of the Casio Edifice EF-505 line include:
- Three-subdial Chronograph with a resolution of one second and a maximum capacity of 11:59:59.
- Date at the standard 3 o’clock position.
- Quartz movement accurate to about 20 seconds per month (not as good as G-Shocks).
- Two-year battery life.
- Mineral crystal.
- Water resistant to 100 meters, or about 330 feet.
Check out the Edifice EF-505 product page on Casio’s world site for more information and pictures. While you’re at it, check out their entire Edifice line, and in particular, the feature-rich Active Dial, Tough Solar , and the 10-year battery lines.
By Christian Cantrell