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With the TITONI Seascoper 300, the traditional Swiss brand expands its popular diver collection with a new model series. This is supposed to take over the features of its big brother but be significantly more affordable in terms of price. Read here to find out if the calculation works out…
Does it always have to be the top model?
That’s a legitimate question in any case. It wasn’t that long ago that I literally dived into the world of TITONI with the Seascoper 600 CarbonTech. My opinion of the Swiss watch company’s top model hasn’t changed since then. The diving watch flagship is in my eyes still THE insider tip par excellence if you want to wear the advantages of the luxury segment comparatively cheap on the wrist. Well, the word ‘cheap’ is definitely a matter of opinion. For many, even a price just under 3,000 euros is clearly too expensive if they’re looking for a high-performance diver and want to leave the quartz world behind.
TITONI has now responded to the need by adding a whole range of attractive references to its Seascoper series. The look is familiar and classic, the choice of different bezels/dial colors and bracelets huge, and the prices moderate. If you want to wear the new Seascoper 300, you have to spend a minimum of 1,500.00 euros, but a maximum of 1,615.00 euros. This puts the new diver below the pain threshold of a significantly larger number of potential customers who would rather invest just under 3,000 euros in a new sofa or a MacBook.
What does my watch really need?
However, dives with both alternatives should be avoided as much as possible. With the Seascoper 300, on the other hand, you can – as the name suggests – reach depths of up to 300 meters. Even that is probably a utopian value for most of us. The record for deep diving is just 332 meters. Making a diver’s watch so waterproof is a challenge. It’s even more of a challenge if it has to be water-resistant to twice the depth of its big sister, the Seascoper 600. So why not just dispense with such special specifications and save money?
But that is not the only difference. After this watch review, you’ll know whether the TITONI Seascoper 300 is enough for you or whether it would be smarter to go for the flagship after all!
In the unboxing
For this, TITONI sent me the reference 83300 S-BE-706. This combination has a black dial, a stainless-steel bracelet and the blue bezel. Thus, it is one of many model variants with numerous possible combinations. Boredom does not arise here. The Swiss manufacturer has put a lot of effort into the presentation of the diver’s watch. Enclosed is a booklet with embossed surface – very noble. Here you will also find the warranty card of your model. The watch itself is in the typical TITONI box, sturdy and with a screwed metal plate on the lid.
The TITONI Seascoper 300 on the wrist
TITONI has made improvements. You notice this as soon as you put the new Seascoper 300 on for the first time. Due to the newly shaped horns, the case nestles against the wrist. Therefore, the Swiss watch inspires with an extremely pleasant wearing comfort. Thanks to the moderate diameter of 42 millimeters, the watch should fit most people like a glove. In addition, the height of 12.50 millimeters seems harmonious.
The reference 83300 S-BE-706 is one of the most classic variants in which you can buy the TITONI Seascoper 300. With its dot-shaped indices, wide diver’s bezel and functional stainless-steel case, the Seascoper 300 reflects the idea of diver’s watch that has been burned into our minds for decades. The wheel (or rather the watch) is not reinvented here. However, it quickly becomes clear that the Seascoper 300 is a volume model that buyers are best off wearing every day. It does not look extravagant or unconventional on the wrist. TITONI does not dare to experiment but relies on virtues that have proven themselves over the decades.
Why exactly are diving watches like this so popular? Because they can be worn so flexibly. No matter if shirt, jacket, polo or wetsuit: this diver is never out of place. A Seascoper 300 conveys safety.
The TITONI Seascoper 300 case has everything to withstand the rigors of everyday wear. Manufactured is made of classic stainless steel, which guarantees corrosion protection and thus durability. Even contact with door handles, drawers or other “dangers of everyday life” survives the versatile material, although fine micro-scratches can of course not be avoided if you want to wear the watch as a daily rocker – and I assume most buyers.
For professional use under water, the TITONI Seascoper 300 is only suitable to a limited extent. Yes, the watch dives to a maximum depth of 300 meters, which is enough for professional and marine divers. But the Seascoper 600 CarbonTech can do even more. Due to its lightweight construction with carbon, you can hardly feel it on your wrist. Furthermore, it features a helium valve that protects the watch during the decompression phase. In the end, everyone should ask themselves the question: do I really need the additional features? In my opinion, the question of “better or worse” does not arise. It just depends on which watch suits me best.
To protect the crown, a classically shaped crown protector protrudes from the case. The watch crystal is made of sapphire and is scratch-resistant. Praise goes to the anti-reflective coating on both sides. Thus, the dial remains legible despite light reflections under water or in high sunlight.
The ceramic bezel is unidirectional and thus suitable as a diving bezel. Its “clicks” engage cleanly and have no play. Overall, as with the last TITONI review, I again extremely liked the quality. The stainless steel, its surfaces and the sapphire crystal are excellently finished.
Even with COSC certificate: the movement
If I had been asked before this review where I would cut corners to lower the retail price, my choice would certainly have been the movement. While that’s true, somehow it’s not. The TITONI Seascoper 600 CarbonTech could come up with a self-constructed manufacture caliber. Its name: T10. Its key metrics: COSC chronometer certified, 3-day power reserve. Wearers of the “little sister” have to accept a few compromises here, but in my opinion, you can get over them.
Inside the Seascoper 300, there’s a SW200-1 automatic caliber from Sellita. The Swiss movement doesn’t quite match the power reserve of the workhorse T10, but 40 hours is quite respectable. The SW200-1 is also a certified chronometer. In order to receive the strict requirements of the Swiss quality seal, the movement must first undergo extensive testing. For example, the accuracy may not exceed -4 to +6 seconds per day.
In my eyes, the movement purchased from Sellita is perfectly sufficient for everyday use. Here, it is worth to stay with the TITONI Seascoper 300.
Dial and bracelet in detail
The dial of the TITONI Seascoper 300 doesn’t reinvent the way we read time, but it does meet exactly the desire that most of us have. Yes, this is what the typical diver’s watch should look like. Mostly circular indices, broad hands and a date window that blends in harmoniously define the image. Everything here is tidy and clear. At the tip of the second hand, a red marker further enhances this functionality. Of course, a luminous coating ensures that the dial is perfectly readable even in the dark and under water.
My test watch with the reference 83300 S-BE-706 has a conventional stainless-steel bracelet with a folding clasp. Everyday comfort is solid. Each model can be combined with any bracelet. So, if you like it more comfortable, just reach for the chic textile strap. If the stainless-steel band isn’t sporty enough, the rubber alternative will remedy the situation. However, I did not test either variant.
My conclusion about the TITONI Seascoper 300
The comparison shows: unsurprisingly, the TITONI Seascoper 300 is inferior to the top model Seascoper 600 in some aspects. Should you therefore keep your hands off TITONI’s new diver? Not at all – as long as you can do without the details here and there. In the end, the broad masses can do without the powerful T10 and a helium valve. Especially when you consider that the Seascoper 300 also has a certified chronometer. Qualitatively, the entry-level model is also convincing. Fine materials and good workmanship are also the order of the day here. In terms of wearing comfort, the Seascoper 300 is even superior to the 600 thanks to the newly shaped horns.
The bottom line is that the TITONI Seascoper 300 emerges as the clear price-performance winner. This reference 83300 S-BE-706 reviewed here costs 1,615.00 euros. The international warranty is usually 2 years. Due to the chronometer certificate, there is even another 1 year on top – makes 3 years manufacturer’s warranty! All further links to the watch, the collection and the Seascoper 600 CarbonTech can be found below.