November 24, 2022
No shortlist of watch companies that deserve more respect should be complete without including TITONI. These days, the saturated landscape of independent brands can sometimes make it hard for standout companies to garner mainstream attention, but TITONI is definitely a brand that should be on more people’s radar. Unlike many independent watch companies that have only been around for a handful of years, TITONI was founded way back in 1919 and is now run by the fourth generation of the original founding family. With headquarters in Grenchen, Switzerland, and with a diverse catalog that spans everything from elegant dress watches to carbon-cased divers, TITONI is a highly traditional company, although it also isn’t afraid of playing with color and dabbling in modern trends. The latest addition to the brand’s lineup is the TITONI Seascoper 300, which expands upon the popular Seascoper series of dive watches with a thinner stainless steel case and a chronometer-certified movement.
While the original Seascoper 600 is the brand’s no-compromises professional dive watch with a helium escape valve, in-house movement, and a massive 600-meter depth rating, the TITONI Seascoper 300 offers a more refined and less propose-built overall design that is still more than capable of standing up to serious underwater use. Crafted from stainless steel, the case of the Seascoper 300 measures the same 42mm in diameter as its sibling. However, since it foregoes the addition of a helium escape valve, the case is noticeably thinner at 12.55mm, and its redesigned lugs are set 20mm apart and give it a total lug-to-lug profile of approximately 52mm. The case itself features polished sides with a brushed top surface, and similar to the other Seascoper models, the inner edges of the lugs include polished bevels for an added touch of refinement.
Protecting the dial is a flat sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment on both sides, and surrounding this is a 60-click unidirectional rotating timing bezel that is fitted with a polished ceramic insert that has a white enamel scale. While the bezel on the Seascoper 600 features large Arabic numerals to denote the five-minute markings, the insert on the TITONI Seascoper 300 offers a more refined design with simple lines and a triangle to denote the zero marker. It may sound counterintuitive, but manufacturing a high-quality bezel with a 60-click motion actually requires more precision than creating one that operates with 120 clicks due to the fact that any small inconsistencies or alignment issues will be much more easily noticed. That said, the bezel alignment on the TITONI Seascoper 300 is on-point, and it moves smoothly with solid tactile clicks and virtually zero perceptible back-play whatsoever.
At the 3 o’clock location sits a signed screw-down winding crown that is protected by a pair of small tapered crown guards, and this works in conjunction with the solid screw-down stainless steel caseback to help provide users with 300 meters of water resistance. Decorations on casebacks can often be a bit hit or miss, although I personally really like what TITONI has done with the caseback of the Seascoper 300. At the center is a porthole design in relief, and the recessed window section has been given a perfect mirror-polished finish to emulate the appearance of a glass-covered aperture when viewed underwater. On the Seascoper 600 models, this section actually appears as a small glass display window, although I personally think the Seascoper 300’s approach of a solid caseback with a polished window section ultimately makes for a much more successful expression of this nautically-inspired design element.
Much like the rest of the watch, the dial fitted to the TITONI Seascoper 300 offers a simplified and more refined version of what can be found on the larger Seascoper 600 models. While the core design remains the same with a flat surface, applied indices, and a date window at 3 o’clock, the cardinal points are now represented by elongated trapezoids instead of Arabic numerals for a slightly less utilitarian aesthetic that doesn’t sacrifice anything in regard to legibility. The time itself is indicated by a trio of centrally-mounted hands that offer an identical shape to those found on the rest of the Seascoper family, with skeletonized center sections and large luminous tips. Additionally, just as you would expect from any proper dive watch, all three of the hands, plus the hour markers and the pip on the bezel are filled with Super-LumiNova BGW9, which offers a distinct blue glow and provides a clear display of the time in dark conditions.
Unlike the Seascoper 600, which is powered by the brand’s own in-house caliber, the TITONI Seascoper 300 is fitted with a Chronometer-grade Sellita SW200-1 automatic movement. While the base Caliber SW200-1 is about as ubiquitous as it gets within the Swiss watch industry, the Chronometer versions are fitted with several upgraded components that offer superior performance and help guarantee that the movements run within COSC specs. That said, while it is a premium version, the movement itself is still a Sellita SW200-1 at its core, and it, therefore, runs at a frequency of 28,800vph (4 Hz) with a power reserve of approximately 38 hours. While you don’t get the bragging rights of having an in-house movement and also miss out on the extended power reserve of TITONI’s own caliber, a Chronometer-grade Sellita SW200-1 is an incredibly practical option, as it provides COSC-certified accuracy, along with a proven design and all of the serviceability that accompanies the world’s single most popular Swiss-made mechanical movement.
Fitted to the 20mm lugs of the TITONI Seascoper 300 is a solid-link stainless steel bracelet (although rubber and fabric straps are also available). Featuring a flat three-piece link construction, the bracelet includes nicely fitted solid end-links and it tapers to 18mm where it meets the clasp, with brushed top surfaces and high-polished sides. The links themselves are completely solid and the removable ones are held together with pins and collars; however, since they use a single collar that is housed within the center link, the bracelet is quite a bit easier to size compared to the alternative style that features two collars for each pin. Although screws for the removable links would have been preferred, the bracelet itself is quite well-made and it comes fitted with a nicely constructed clasp that includes a built-in wetsuit extension system.
Featuring fully machined components and a double push-button release, the clasp on the TITONI Seascoper 300 also offers the added convenience of five positions of incremental micro-adjustment, which can be accessed without the use of any tools. Unlocking the extension is simply done by pressing the engraved TITONI logo that is located on the outside of the clasp. With this button depressed, the extension system can either be expanded or contracted, and when you release the button, the extension piece locks into place at its desired setting. The clasp and its innovative extension system are easily the highlight of the bracelet, although the bracelet as a whole leaves very little to be desired and is quite a bit better than many other options at similar price points.
At the time of launch, the TITONI Seascoper 300 is available with your choice of a black, blue, or green ceramic bezel, and the blue and green variants are also available with the option of a black dial or one that matches the color of the bezel. Additionally, buyers also have the option of a stainless steel bracelet or a two-piece strap made from either rubber or #tide recycled ocean plastic. While the black and green models receive a splash of orange for the depth rating on their dials and the tips of their seconds hands, the blue versions feature these same details in a contrasting shade of bright red. With that in mind, my personal favorite among the bunch is the version reviewed here, which features a black dial, a blue ceramic bezel, and a matching stainless steel bracelet. While all-black is a tried-and-true combination and the green models offer a distinctly casual aesthetic, the pairing is a gloss black dial and a blue bezel provides enough color to set it apart while still remaining refined enough to be dressed up for more elevated occasions. That said, the TITONI Seascoper 300 is still a professional-grade dive watch, and the bright pops of red on its dial and hands serve as an ever-present reminder of its underwater capabilities and sports-oriented intentions
Dive watches are easily one of the most popular styles of timepieces, but virtually no one actually requires all of the incredible capabilities that are offered by most brand’s flagship models. With a thinner case, a more refined design, and a Chronometer-certified movement that can be easily serviced by just about any decent watchmaker in the world, the TITONI Seascoper 300 is a dive watch built for the everyday person, who simply wants a durable and highly water-resistant timepiece that can accompany them on all of life’s adventures. Additionally, with an official retail price of $1,680 USD on a strap or $1,750 USD should you opt for one of the bracelet-equipped models, the TITONI Seascoper 300 is less expensive than its Seascoper 600 siblings, and while it doesn’t offer an in-house movement, a helium escape valve, or the same overbuilt depth rating, you ultimately get a watch that is actually better suited for everyday life. For more information, please visit the brand’s website.