There are many folks who want or need a full-on smartwatch. Then there are those, of course, who want nothing to do with them, and prefer a traditional (quartz or automatic) watch that has no earthly way to communicate with your phone. If you find yourself somewhere between those two camps, then a watch like Casio Edifice ECB30P-1A is probably of interest to you.

Now, why would you want to connect the Casio Edifice ECB30P-1A to your phone? For one, with these more-complicated watches that are primarily analog, using the phone app can go a long way to helping you remember how to get into the various modes. Additionally, it automatically adjusts the time on your watch to what your phone has, and you can easily set and adjust things via the app. All a win in our book.

At least, that’s what I’ve used it for in the past when I’ve reviewed watches like the Casio Edifice ECB30P-1A. Past the smart watch connectivity, you’ve got the full complement of time keeping, including world time, countdown and chronograph timing, and a variety of alarms. Really, take a look at the full list of specs down below.

While the Casio Edifice ECB30P-1A derives some of its design from motorsports, it’s not overly racing themed in our judgement. If you’re looking for a solid quartz watch that has a lot of functionality, with a dash of Bluetooth connectivity in there for good measure, it’s hard to go wrong with an Edifice model. In this case, you’ll find it for $200 directly from casio.com

Tech Specs from Casio

  • Case size (L× W× H): 52.3 × 48.7 × 12.9 mm
  • Weight: 89 g
  • Case / bezel material: Stainless steel
  • Band: Resin Band
  • Mineral crystal
  • Water resistance: 100-meter water resistance
  • Approx. battery life: 2 years on CR2016
  • Connectivity Features
    • Smartphone Link feature: Mobile link (Automatic connection, wireless linking using Bluetooth®)
    • Apps: CASIO WATCHES
    • App connectivity feature:
      • Auto time adjustment
      • Easy watch setting
      • Approximately 300 world time cities
      • Stopwatch data transfer
      • Schedule timer
      • Phone finder
  • Features
    • World Time: 38 time zones (38 cities + coordinated universal time), daylight saving on/off, auto summer time (DST) switching, Home city/World time city swapping
    • Timer
      • Countdown timer
      • Measuring unit: 1 second
      • Countdown range: 24 hours
      • Countdown start time setting range: 1 second to 24 hours (1-second increments, 1-minute increments and 1-hour increments)
    • Light
      • Double LED light
      • LED light for the face (Auto LED light, Super illuminator, selectable illumination duration (1.5 seconds or 3 seconds), afterglow)
      • LED backlight for the digital display (Auto LED light, Super illuminator, selectable illumination duration (1.5 seconds or 3 seconds), afterglow)
    • Calendar: Full auto-calendar (to year 2099)
    • Accuracy: ±15 seconds per month (with no mobile link function)
    • Stopwatch
      • 1/1000-second stopwatch
      • Measuring capacity:
        • 00’00”000~59’59”999 (for the first 60 minutes)
        • 1:00’00”0~23:59’59”9 (after 60 minutes)
      • Measuring unit:
        • 1/1000 second (for the first 60 minutes)
        • 1/10 second (after 60 minutes)
      • Measuring modes: Elapsed time, lap time
    • Alarms
      • 5 daily alarms
      • Hourly time signal
    • Mute feature: Button operation tone on/off
    • Other features
      • Hand shift feature (Hands move out of the way to provide an unobstructed view of digital display contents.)
      • Airplane mode
      • 12/24-hour format
      • Schedule beeper on/off
      • Date/month display swapping
      • Day display (days of the week selectable in six languages)
      • Regular timekeeping:
        • Analog: 2 hands (hour, minute (hand moves every 20 seconds)), 1 dial (linked to each mode)
        • Digital: Hour, minute, second, pm, month, date, day

By Patrick Kansa

A big data developer and leader with a penchant for gadgets, books, watches and beverages. You can find my work on WristWatchReview, Knapsack.News, and Slushpile. If you're on Twitter and/or Instagram, you'll find me there as @PatrickWatches.

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