Photo report: Two of the new 2012 EDIFICE watches
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    Picture Photo report: Two of the new 2012 EDIFICE watches

    After my previous post about the new 2012 EDIFICE watch collection, I received these two models (by popular demand) to review. I hope you will like my photo report:

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    Here they are: On the left, the EF-340, and on the right, the EFA134
    Both longing for the sun, because they are both Solar Powered. In fact "SOLAR POWERED" is printed in red on the EF-340, where on the EFA134 it reads: "TOUGH SOLAR".
    Anyhow, it was cool to take the EFA134 out of the box to see the watch starting to rotate the hands to find the current time.

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    This EFA134 is probably the most interesting of the two, featuring a number of different functions, indicated by the "wheel" at "7". In the above picture I set the time to GMT+1 (which was done by setting the World Timer at "PAR", which stands for PARIS). You will notice that both the analog and the digital time (digital indicator on the right at "5") are the same.

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    No need for the alarm to go off at this time, so I left it the way it was (see the digital indication).

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    With the upcoming EK2012 and the Olympic Games, the stopwatch could be used if I wanted to measure the time myself

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    This watch also features a count down timer. I set it to start at "5:00" and then hit the start button:

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    Here you see it going down, it is now at "04:49" and still counting down...

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    Daylight saving is another cool feature. It can also be switched off.

    Next is the EF-340. While it may look like a chronograph, it isn't. This model features three sub dials: one to read the day, one for the date, and one to indicate day or night (24h sub dial):

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    Look at the texture of that dial. I think CASIO did a great job on that.

    Both watches have a steel bracelet with a folding buckle, although both are different as you can see in the next picture:

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    Left is the bracelet of the EFA134, on the right it's the EF-340.

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    Both are still enjoying their sun bath while getting to the full power level.

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    Until time had come to take them inside and try them on. First the EF-340:

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    And then the EFA134:

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    So which one do I like best, you ask? Hard to say, both have their functions, both wear very comfortable and light.

    I could very much understand the need to wear the EFA134, especially going abroad. It has everything a traveller could wish for imho. For the more sporting kind of look, I would definitely recommend to wear the EF-340. Don't forget, the sub dials may look like we are dealing with a chronograph, but it is not.

    Conclusion: any father would love to get one of these two EDIFICE watches for Father's Day, no doubt about that. Not a father? Don't worry, these two watches have a remarkable good price. You won't get broke, but you will get noticed.

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    Casio EDIFICE COLLECTION

    - Casio EDIFICE EF-340

    • Tough Solar Power
    • 100M Water Resistant
    • Multi-Dial (Day, Date, 24 Hour)
    • Mineral Glass
    • Stainless Steel Band
    • Stainless Steel Case
    • Stainless Steel IP Bezel
    • Accuracy: +/- 20 seconds per month
    • Low Battery Warning
    • Storage Battery: Solar Rechargeable
    • Approx. battery life: 3 months on full charge (without further exposure to light)
    • Module: 5166

    Size of case / total weight
    EF340SB 47.5 x 45.8 x 11.8mm / 146g
    · MSRP $150

    - Casio EDIFICE EFA134

    • Tough Solar Power
    • 100M Water Resistant
    • LED Light With Afterglow
    • World Time
      29 time zones (29 cities + UTC), city code display, daylight
      saving on/off
    • 4 Daily Alarms & 1 Snooze Alarm
    • Hourly Time Signal
    • 1/100 Second Stopwatch
      Measuring capacity: 00:59'59.99"
      Measuring modes: Elapsed time, split time, 1st-2nd place times
    • Countdown Timer
      Measuring unit: 1 second
      Input range: 1 minute to 100 minutes (1-minute increments)
    • Full auto-calendar (pre-programmed until the year 2099)
    • 12/24 Hour Formats
    • Mineral Glass
    • Stainless Steel Band
    • Stainless Steel Case
    • Stainless Steel IP Bezel
    • Accuracy: ± 15 seconds per month
    • Low Battery Indicator
    • Storage Battery: Solar Rechargeable
    • Approx. battery life: 5 months on full charge (without further exposure to light)
    • Module: 5200

    Size of case / total weight EFA134SB 47.4 x 44.0 x 10.5mm / 138g
    · MSRP: $150
    Last edited by Ernie Romers; June 7th, 2012 at 21:26.
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    Re: Photo report: Two of the new 2012 EDIFICE watches

    Hmmm...not sure i like analog Casio watches...their metal construction looks a bit cheaper when comparing to other brands like Seiko,Orient,etc.....I'll stick to G-shocks when it comes to Casio....Thanks for the review!

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    Re: Photo report: Two of the new 2012 EDIFICE watches

    Compromise ?

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    Nice one Ernie!

    How was the hand accuracy and did the promenant crown button uncomfortable? Looks to be sticking in a touch?



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    Re: Photo report: Two of the new 2012 EDIFICE watches

    If i wore my watches above the bone,I think all the crowns would dig in my hand to.Not really liking the designs,but i never was a Casio fan anyways.
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    Re: Photo report: Two of the new 2012 EDIFICE watches

    I might have to check out that EFA134.........Thanks for the review.
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    Re: Photo report: Two of the new 2012 EDIFICE watches

    Nice watches, nice pics! I like the all analog one the most.

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    Re: Photo report: Two of the new 2012 EDIFICE watches

    Well, the second hand of the EFA134 aligns a tiny bit better than the one on the EF-340 does. The EF-340 second hand starts to loose the indexes apps. 10 seconds after 12. Then it aligns again after 30 seconds or so.

    The crown wears perfectly comfortable. It's just that I didn't shorten the bracelet and had to keep the watch somewhat straight on my wrist by pulling my hand against the crown. Otherwise it would slip
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    Re: Photo report: Two of the new 2012 EDIFICE watches

    Thanks for the review, I have been looking at both these models for a while now.
    How many watches do I need?
    Truthfully, I only "need" this one.

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    Re: Photo report: Two of the new 2012 EDIFICE watches

    I picked up the EF-340 last November for 99$ at costco. It's an absolute steal at that price.
    Rodina "Small Seconds" (White/Blue), Orient Mako(Pepsi), Casio A178W, Casio Edifice EF340SB-1A1V, Casio AE-1200WH-1AV, Vostok Amphibian Ministry - Teal "modern" dial, 1953 Eterna-matic Birks Challenger

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