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[EDIFICE REVIEW] EQB-2000DC-1 — beautiful hands and controversial stopwatch

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What could be more beautiful than a functional yet only analog watch? I have always respected CASIO’s analog products, where the Japanese manage to implement their functional dreams into a traditional look. The task is very challenging, but the result is worth it. In our traditional mag review, I will review the very model, EQB-2000DC-1.

In my opinion, the EQB-2000 series is an alternative version of the flagship model ECB-2000, which is equally impressive. To support my claim, I suggest comparing the two models side by side.

Simply stunning design in two models at once, but with slightly different entities. The EQB-2000DC features a sleek and elegant appearance with ONLY hands, ideal for those who prefer a traditional look. On the other hand, the ECB-2000DC-1A has an ana-digi display and more advanced functionality, making it a more practical choice for modern users who don’t prioritize the second hand.

Aside from these differences, we have a common feature which is the same case structure known as SOSPENSIONE. It is mostly recognized for its lugs that extend from the case.

Based on its name and positioning, it seems that the designers took inspiration from the suspension in formula cars, particularly with the wheel mounting technology.

The EQB-2000DC-1 watch is marketed as a racing watch because its color scheme and design elements on the dial are intended to resemble a steering wheel in a car.

The functional buttons on the actual steering wheel have the same color scheme as the key indicators on display, which are the most visually intuitive markings for pilots.].

Honestly, I didn’t select the EQB-2000DC-1 for review based on its similarity to cars or its affinity for Formula I (although motorsports enthusiasts may find it intriguing). The watch has other noteworthy features to consider and looks much more interesting than its basic version [EQB-2000DB-1A].

However, the recent EQB-2000HR-1A may shift my favorite).

I apologize for bringing it up again, but I really want to emphasize how exceptional the dial & case in the EQB-2000DC-1 watch is. Its “SOSPENSIONE” case has a unique design that goes beyond the typical round shape of most watches. The combination of angles, slices, and slits perfectly complements the round bezel, creating a polygon-like form. It’s a perfect example of modern engineering perfectionism, making it anything but a “classic” watch.

One aspect not visible in the photo is the impressively slim design of the watch case. Despite its intricate visual details, the “SOSPENSIONE” watch maintains a slim profile of only 10.8 mm [whereas I consider thickness up to 14 mm quite acceptable, and everything below – thin].

The slim design of EQB-2000 serves a purpose beyond practicality. Taking inspiration from racing cars, this watch boasts a streamlined, compact, and dynamic appearance. The Japanese designers paid attention to every millimeter of detail, resulting in an impressive timepiece.

The dial of the EDIFICE watch is not compact. However, it is the standard for the brand to create slim yet spacious watches, as evidenced by the full case size of 55.6 x 47.8 x 10.8 mm. To give you a better idea, the dial, together with the case “lugs,” occupies almost my entire wrist, (17.5cm wrist size). Despite this, I am not bothered at all because I am embraced by its beauty.

Watching the secondhand move on a watch can be a mesmerizing experience. However, having a secondhand isn’t always necessary and can sometimes cause issues. While many CASIO watches have a second hand, some do not. In my personal opinion, watches without a second hand are easier to manage. The second hand can sometimes indicate a defect in the watch’s accuracy, and it can occasionally get stuck and require a manual reset. Additionally, the second hand can cause battery drain, which is an important consideration for those who want their watch to last as long as possible..

As a flagship, you are expected to excel at challenging tasks, and the EQB-2000 certainly delivers. Its hand accurately hits the second marks, and there’s no need to worry about battery life thanks to its solar power. Additionally, the hand is beautifully designed with a sharp, long, and red appearance.

The additional displays are also nice: you can never be short of functions. The only thing you need to figure out is how practical they are. I was already on the automatic go to press the lower left button [usually designated by the word MODE], but NO. Such buttons simply do not exist in the EQB-2000.

Wow, I’m surprised. The left side doesn’t have any function buttons, only plugs. This is going to be more challenging to figure out. Let’s use the CASIO WATCHES app to determine its functionality.

Connected the two devices without any problems and immediately noticed the watch on the phone screen. Note, the battery is not 100% charged [the watch has been lying in a rather dark room for two weeks].

Next, the functions continued. However, I couldn’t find the typical guide that includes descriptions of extra dials. It seems the Japanese left it out, but I personally think it would have been a helpful feature. The second screen is for setting alarms.

I was pleasantly surprised to discover that the stopwatch feature can import lap time data from previous uses, up to 200 records. While this feature may not be useful for me personally, it is still a nice addition.

Here’s a clearer picture of the additional dials’ explanations.

An additional section located at the 9 o’clock position displays the time in a different time zone, also known as world time. A small circle below indicates whether it is currently daytime or nighttime in that location.

With the help of your phone, you can calibrate or adjust nearly every element of your watch. It may seem like magic, especially since it used to be quite challenging to control the watch’s functions with just the buttons on its surface.

Those who like to track their GPS spots can use the Time & Place function. To do this, just click on the bottom right button. P.S. I have not found a point in the application where to look at my spot)).

At the 12 o’clock position on the display, there is a mysterious window. Without even checking the settings, I correctly assumed that it displays the current time in the 24-hour format. While not a particularly useful function, it’s still there, so it must serve a purpose.

What can the watch do? It can only function as a stopwatch, which you can activate by pressing the top right button. The second hand moves at a normal pace, not a fast one like in the GW-3000. The stopwatch hours and minutes are displayed at the 9 o’clock position. I find it difficult to understand how to read the 6-hour position while the stopwatch is running, aside from what is written in the screenshot above. Overall, it’s a simple watch to use.

But the bottom dial has another important function – displaying the day of the week. 

To summarize, the conclusion about the features is that the stopwatch is good but difficult to use. Personally, I feel that the function seems forced since it relates to speed in the automotive theme. However, this doesn’t take away from the usefulness of the world time, date, and day of the week. The lack of a timer is unfortunate though.

The EQB-2000DC-1 has no backlight, but has a sapphire crystal, which is practically unprotected by the bezel.

Conclusions

The EQB-2000DC-1 is not just a watch for Formula I drivers, but rather a timepiece made with a passion for motorsports that is reflected in its design and features, such as the stopwatch. Despite its sporty appearance, it is primarily an analog watch with a sleek and sophisticated design, featuring a secondhand and essential functions. Its slim and accurate build makes it a timeless and attractive accessory that is truly one-of-a-kind, sure to become your new favorite watch.

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