The Edifice collection is among Casio’s various product families that offers great value but tends to get overshadowed by popular lines like G-Shock. It offers a lot of the same impressive Japanese technology that the brand continues to improve upon, and the result is ever more practical watches that remain affordable. The new Casio Edifice EQB1000D-1A crams a lot of features into a surprisingly slim package.

The full name, Casio Edifice Super Slim High-Spec Chronograph, tells you a good deal of what the new reference is all about. First, it’s ultra slim at just 8.9mm, and that goes a long way in making a watch more wearable — and this, despite all the tech crammed inside. “High-Spec” likely refers to premium features like the use of sapphire crystal and the inclusion of Casio’s “Tough Solar,” which uses any light source to charge the battery.

In addition to the world time, alarms, stopwatches, and other functions found in many Casio products, the watch is also Bluetooth-connected, which offers a range of functionality by pairing with a smartphone. This includes automatically updating of the time when changing time zones, synching the time to atomic clock signals via the internet, and the ability to control watch functions via a Casio app. Water-resistant to 100m, it comes on a steel bracelet.

As always, Casio is offering a lot of value for a pretty reasonable price in an attractive package that’s perfect for those who just want a reliable, affordable everyday watch (now, if we could only do something about those bezel screws…). In line with other Edifice Smartphone Link collection watches, the Casio Edifice Super Slim High-Spec Chronograph EQB1000D-1A has a price of $300.

Gear Patrol also recommends:
Seiko Recraft Quartz Chronograph ($263)
Citizen Eco-Drive Chandler Chronograph Watch ($316)
Hamilton Pan Europ Automatic Watch ($790)
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