Titoni is a genuinely independent family watch brand, founded in 1919 by Fritz Schluep in Grenchen, Switzerland, and now the company is managed by the fourth-generation Schluep. The brand has maintained its particular approach to business and watchmaking for years (a separate, interesting story). In 2013, Titoni embarked on the difficult path of developing its automatic movement. Six years later, Titoni introduced Caliber T10 automatic movement on the company’s 100th anniversary. First, the T10 was used in the watches of the classic 1919 collection, but soon the Caliber T10 found its way into functional, durable diving watches – the Seascoper collection. And a new, slightly sleeker model, the Seascoper 300, has just landed.
The new Titoni Seascoper 300 Chronometer is not powered by the T10, but it still is a good diving chronometer. The automatic movement of the Titoni Seascoper 300 is a Sellita SW200-1, and the COSC chronometer certificate confirms its accuracy. The SW200-1 provides 40 hours of power when fully wound. The Seascoper 300 is slightly thinner (12,55 mm) than the 600 and offers less water resistance, but it also retails for a little less. The Titoni Seascoper 300 Chronometer is a good quality timepiece with robust characteristics, a real diver with a classic design.
The handsome 42mm stainless steel case with brushed surfaces and polished elements has a screw-down crown with crown guards for protection. The unidirectional rotating bezel has a ceramic insert to match the dial colour; models are available in full (dial and bezel) marine blue, Titoni-green and neutral black. There are references with a black dial and bezel in the shades mentioned above of blue, green and black. In total, there are five combinations. Take your pick.
The dark green dial is more eye-catching than the classic black version of this release or the navy blue, but that’s all a matter of taste. The combination of a dark green background and white inscriptions paired with red accents looks advantageous, modern and inviting (to go to the sea- or countryside). Markers are large, Super-Luminova filled and easily readable in the daylight and the dark. The date window at 3 o’clock may seem unnecessary to someone, but there is nothing to complain about – everything is pretty well balanced.
The Seascoper 300 Chronometer can be worn on a stainless steel bracelet with a clasp buckle with quick-release buttons; the bracelet can be fine-adjusted or diver-extended. You can wear this watch on a rubber strap; a third option is a fabric strap made of plastic caught in the oceans. Swiss company #TideOcean produces these straps from plastic waste collected from the seas; it is processed into premium granules and yarn, from which straps are made for watch brands. A very lovely initiative indeed, and the straps add a touch of extra colour to the otherwise rather brutal image. And they come with a quick exchange system, which is always a plus.
The colours are what is at play here. Seascoper 600 and 300 share the same case diameter, and the watch with better characteristics and an in-house movement should get more votes, should we choose to run a campaign. However, the Seascoper 300 Chronometer family may attract plenty of constituency members who will lean towards the colourful side of things. Me, too, if only the bezel and the dial had the numerals as in the Seascoper 600.
The new Titoni Seascoper 300 Chronometer watches are part of the permanent collection and prices starts from CHF 1,630. For more details, please visit www.titoni.ch.
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