While we might give a lot of our attention to things that Casio are doing with sapphire (seen here) and crazy tough designs, there’s certainly a place for any number of Casio designs on different wrists. If you’re looking for a chronograph that won’t break the bank and can talk to your watch, the Edifice line is a great stopping-off point. We recently spent some time with the Casio Edifice Racing Multicolor (ECB950MP-1A).
What is it?
The Casio Edifice Racing Multicolor is a watch that makes you realize just how much capability you can get for just $250. Yes, it’s quartz, but consider all it can do. It’s solar-powered, can send your stopwatch timings to your phone, show world times, help you find your phone, and record a time-and-place in the app just by pushing a button. Oh, and it can, you know, also tell you the time and date. It’s a ton of functionality, and perfect for someone who likes to be able to time things and wants a casual watch.
Why is it called the Racing Multicolor?
A number of Casio Edifice releases have really leaned more into racing themes and relationships, and that really seems to be the undercurrent in the designs they’re producing. For this, you’ve got a number of different colors gracing the dial, which call to mind the extremely colorful steering wheels on race cars these days. And yes, if you don’t want all those colors, they do have similar designs that take things in a more conservative or even stealthy direction.
What’s it like wearing the watch?
The Casio Edifice Racing Multicolor is a big watch (full specs down below) but is decently thin for the proportions. On my 7.25″ wrist, it fit well, and did not look out of place, but it could easily overwhelm a smaller wrist. Then again, some folks like that oversized look. Whatever the case, the urethane strap will snug it in place easily enough. It’s got a bit more structure to it than a silicone (or rubber) strap would have, but it also doesn’t pick up lint like silicone can. Even with all of the colors on the dial, picking out the time and date is crisp and clean, and here, the digital displays definitely enhance the analog handset.
Who’s it for?
Even if you’re not into racing, the Casio Edifice Racing Multicolor (and it’s brethren) are a solid choice for someone who wants a more classic-looking watch (read: analog hands) with a bit edgier design to it, plus all of the gee-whiz technical things that a quartz watch is capable of (particularly one with a Bluetooth radio) without looking like a smartwatch on the wrist. While the specific version we reviewed (at $250) is not currently available, similar designs come in at well under $300, so you’ve got some good choices there that won’t break the bank, and will last for years with that solar power. casio.com
Tech Specs from Casio
- Case size (L× W× H): 51.2 × 48 × 13.9 mm
- Weight: 103 g
- Case / bezel material: Stainless steel
- Band: Resin Band
- Water resistance: 100-meter water resistance
- Power supply and battery life: Tough Solar (Solar powered)
- Smartphone Link feature: Mobile link (Wireless linking using Bluetooth®)
- Apps: CASIO WATCHES
- App connectivity feature
- Auto time adjustment
- Easy watch setting
- Approximately 300 world time cities
- Stopwatch data transfer
- Time & place
- Phone finder
- Glass: Mineral Glass
- Bezel features: Tachymeter
- Surface treatment: Black ion plated bezel
- Compatible band size: 145 to 215 mm
- Other: Neobrite
- Features: world time, chronograph, timer, alarms, calendar, light