Titoni is an independent family-owned watch brand that was founded in 1919 by Fritz Schluep in Grenchen, Switzerland. The company is now managed by the third generation of its founding family and specializes in classic designs, within the accessible luxury segment. The brand produces about 100,000 watches a year. In 2013, Titoni engaged on an arduous road, that of the development of an in-house automatic movement… Presented in 2019 to celebrate their 100th anniversary, the automatic Titoni Calibre T10 was presented in combination with a new classic collection, the Line 1919. The new movement now powers a functional, robust yet versatile dive watch. Meet the Titoni Seascoper.
If it is clearly inspired by the archetypal 1950s dive watches, with the classic codes of the segment, the new Titoni Seascoper is a modernly-designed timepiece with serious dive credentials – starting by a water-resistance of 600m, which is more than enough to cover you safely on a dive. The overall execution of the 42mm stainless steel case is robust and precise.
The crown is large enough and fluted, making it easy to use. It is flanked by a pair of crown-guards, and like the caseback, it is screw-down to ensure the water-resistance. As you would expect from a dive watch with such a depth-rating, the Seascoper features a helium relief valve at 9 o’clock. The unidirectional rotating bezel is fitted with a black polished ceramic insert. It operates precisely and smoothly with 60 clicks and a coined edge for a better grip.
The sapphire crystal features an anti-reflective coating to increase contrast and legibility. The luminous hands and indexes allow for easy and accurate timekeeping in all conditions. A date window is positioned at 3 o’clock. The dial is, just like the bezel, executed with a glossy finish, which brings nice reflections.
Turning the watch over, the exhibition caseback is rather unusual, specifically for a dive watch whose water-resistance is ensured down to such a level. A porthole-shaped see-through caseback allows discovering the self-winding movement and its openworked rotor. The opening is not as large as it is traditionally the case for exhibition caseback but this is an original option. And if it probably adds a bit to the thickness of the watch, the Seascoper offers good wearing comfort overall.
As mentioned above, the Titoni Seascoper is powered by the in-house Calibre T10. Presented in 2019, this is a large self-winding movement (29.30mm) running at a 4Hz frequency. Unlike the ubiquitous ETA 2824 or its clones, often seen for watches in the same price range, it offers a much longer power reserve with 72 hours of autonomy when fully wound. Its precision is certified by the COSC, the Swiss Official Chronometer Control. Its stop-seconds mechanism allows for precise time-setting.
The Titoni Seascoper is fitted with a classic and solid three-link stainless steel bracelet. It features a safety folding buckle with an extension system, which is practical if you need a little more room around the wrist or to wear the watch over a wetsuit.
Thoughts & Price
Overall, the Titoni Seascoper offers everything you need from a dive watch. It is functional, with serious underwater credentials, yet versatile enough to dive into projects at your desk. Modernly designed, it feels robust with a sensation of quality when handling the watch. It comes in three variations – steel with black dial (the watch we had for this hands-on session), steel with blue dial or bi-colour with a black dial.
Last, the watch retails for CHF 1,870 in steel… which is a fair price for a 600m water-resistant dive watch fitted with a ceramic rotating bezel, a helium relief valve and a Swiss-made, COSC-certified in-house movement.
For more information, visit www.titoni.ch.