Hands-On With The Brand-New Titoni Seascoper 300 Dive Watch
Titoni has been knocking out releases at a rapid pace lately. The latest is the brand-new Seascoper 300 dive watch. It is a new addition to the Seascoper lineup after the Seascoper 600. This new diver combines familiar influences with typical Titoni elements. On top of that, it is powered by a COSC-certified Sellita SW200-1 movement. Is the new Seascoper better than its bigger brother? Time to find out more about the new Seascoper 300.
Straight out of the box, the new Titoni Seascoper 300 has some strongly familiar vibes. In a category defined by the Rolex Submariner’s design, the Seascoper follows the archetype in many ways. But there are definitely design elements that make it recognizable as a Titoni diver. And to be perfectly honest, we love the Submariner’s design for a reason, so rather than holding it against the new Titoni, I decided to embrace it and see what the watch offers. And it turned out to be a surprisingly good watch. How good? In terms of quality and specs, this might be the best in class in its price bracket.
The story of the Titoni Seascoper
Up until now, Titoni had the Seascoper 600 as the only dive watch in its collection. Rob reviewed the watch in 2020 and was impressed by what it had to offer. Especially in terms of quality, the watch was very impressive. But just as Rob indicated, there are elements in the Seascoper 600 that are not necessarily how I would prefer them. The big 6, 9, and 12 numerals on the dial are not my favorite design for a diver. I like a clean dial without numerals best when it comes to desk diving.
I also wasn’t too crazy about the font used for the bezel. Obviously, they are two stylistic elements that are purely based on taste, but at the same time, they are crucial in liking a watch and potentially even buying it. It’s like Titoni knew what I was looking for because the new Seascoper 300 solves both of the issues that I had with the Seascoper 600. And I must say, when it comes to design, there is no doubt that I prefer the 300 version of the brand’s diver.
The specs of the Seascoper 300
Let’s look at some specs of this latest offering. The watch features a 42mm case styled after Rolex’s “Super Case” of the previous-generation Submariner. Except for the polished portion on each lug, everything about the case design screams Rolex. While not necessarily original, it does feel comfortably familiar. The case is 12.55mm thick and is water-resistant up to 300 meters. Because the watch doesn’t have a helium-escape valve, it is significantly thinner than the 14.45mm-thick Seascoper 600. The slimness here works really well because it makes the new Seascoper 300 incredibly comfortable despite its substantial size. On the right, you will find the screw-down crown with its fairly modest crown protectors.
I would have preferred a 40mm case size because that would fit the design better, make it easier to wear, and create a bigger difference from the Seascoper 600. But Titoni decided to stick to the 42mm size, albeit with slightly different lugs, making it easier to wear for people with smaller wrists. If you can pull this size off, it is a very comfortable watch, and it has a great wrist presence. Additionally, the watch feels like a proper luxury statement, but I’ll get to that in a bit.
The different color variations of the Seascoper 300
The ceramic bezel, which comes in black, blue, or green, adds to the overall wrist presence. And Titoni offers dials in those same colors so that you can pick your favorite from a select number of options. The black-bezel version only comes with a black dial. The blue-bezel version is available with either a blue or black dial, and the green-bezel version comes with either a green or black dial. We had the “Kermit” execution for this review with a green ceramic bezel inlay and a black dial. Out of all the color combinations, this is my favorite by far.
And I have to compliment Titoni for picking a great shade of dark green that almost looks black in certain light. The combination of the black dial, contrasting bright orange text, and the orange tip of the seconds hand works very well. When it comes to the dial specifically, the upper half features the Titoni logo quite prominently. In my opinion, it’s a bit too large, and the watch doesn’t need this big of a logo. The text on the lower side of the dial is printed in white and orange in a very modern font. Additionally, the spacing between the three lines is minimal. It creates a concise block of text but affects overall readability.
The dial features applied hour markers that are filled with white Super-LumiNova and light up bright blue in the dark. The hands that Titoni uses for its divers are a bit of an acquired taste. They do add character and offer great readability. Even in darker conditions, the Super-LumiNova-filled hands shine brightly, and you won’t have trouble reading the time. You will see that the date window at 3 o’clock is placed pretty far inside. It leaves room for a full 60-second/minute scale. I must say that I like the date window position as it aligns with the hour markers. Some might prefer the placement among the second/minute markers as seen on the Seascoper 600. I, however, appreciate the Seascoper 300’s approach. It makes it easier to set the minute hand precisely between 14 and 16 minutes.
A COSC-certified Sellita SW200-1
On the Seascoper 300, the date window is placed so far inside because of the movement. This new Seascoper is powered by a COSC-certified version of the well-known Sellita SW200-1. This automatic caliber operates at 28,800vph and comes with 26 jewels and 40 hours of power reserve. The choice for a Sellita differs from the brand’s manufacture T10 movement that powers the Seascoper 600. As Rob explained, the T10 movement is bigger with its 13’’’ (Ø 29.30mm) dimension, which is why the date is placed further outwards than on a Sellita movement that’s only 11.5’’’ (Ø 25.60mm). We know the Sellita SW200-1 as a reliable movement. With the COSC-certified version, Titoni picked the highest grade of the movement with an accuracy of +6 to -4 seconds a day.
Titoni makes great bracelets and clasps
As you can see, the version we had in for review featured a stainless steel bracelet. All of the different versions are available on this Oyster-style bracelet, a black rubber strap, or a NATO-style strap. My pick would always be the bracelet, and I have to say I was impressed by this solid piece of kit. In terms of quality and comfort, this is the best bracelet I have ever seen on a watch under €2,000. Adding to that experience is the great clasp.
As Rob mentioned in his review of the Seascoper 600, the micro-adjustment on the clasp is wonderful. It is released by depressing the large, beautifully executed Titoni Seascoper logo. Overall, the clasp is solid, expertly machined, sympathetically integrated, and features the same approach as its bigger brother, albeit executed in a slightly more straightforward manner. The micro-adjustment works perfectly and adds great functionality to an already impressive clasp.
Wearing the Seascoper 300
This brings me to wearing the Seascoper 300. And I must say that’s where this new Titoni diver really shines. Once you put the watch on your wrist, it’s hard not to be impressed by it. The Seascoper 300 feels solid and sturdy, and it exudes quality. I had the watch on my wrist for a week, and during that time, I was constantly impressed by how well-made it is. The quality level of this timepiece is better than I have ever experienced from any other brand in the same price bracket.
To be more specific, at CHF 1,750 on the bracelet, there is hardly anything that even comes close in terms of build quality, specs, and overall finish. Because that’s another thing. The combination of brushed and polished finishes looks great and gives the watch an even greater luxury feel. Every time I put the Seascoper 300 on my wrist, it felt like a much more expensive watch than it actually was. And the overall feel is that of a luxury timepiece at least 3–4 times its price. I was seriously blown away by what the Seascoper 300 has to offer.
My time with the new Titoni Seascoper 300
I thoroughly enjoyed my week with this watch. Now, in terms of design, the brand makes a number of choices that I would have loved to see done differently. The overall feel of the watch is very Submariner-esque, and that’s a risk. You have to love the looks of the Submariner and not mind that this is a Titoni. In all honesty, I’m still on the fence about it. I usually prefer a design with more originality or at least more of a unique identity. Additionally, the case would have been better at 40mm, I find the logo a bit too big, and the text on the lower half is not executed in the best font.
The flip side is that we love the design of the Rolex Submariner, so in certain ways, the Seascoper also feels comfortably familiar. Add the incredible quality and finishing and combine that with a COSC-certified movement, and this Titoni has a lot going for it. Every time I looked at my wrist when wearing the watch, I was impressed and had the feeling of wearing a true luxury watch. As mentioned, the watch is CHF 1,750 on the bracelet, and on the rubber strap, it is CHF 1,680. Lastly, on the NATO-style strap, it comes in at CHF 1,630. And in that price bracket, it’s really hard to find anything better
Final thoughts on the Titoni Seascoper 300
The Titoni Seascoper 300 might not be the most original modern dive watch out there. Still, what it lacks in originality, it makes up for in terms of specs, movement, overall quality, and great finishing. I was genuinely surprised and deeply impressed by the quality, and it makes this Titoni an interesting watch that easily beats the majority of its competitors under €2K. And if you are on the lookout for a Submariner-inspired diver, there is no reason not to check out this impressive Titoni Seascoper 300.
For more information, visit the official Titoni website.