The New And Fully Equipped Titoni Seascoper 600 CarboTech Chronometer
An accessible, robust and precise dive watch with modern materials.
We first experienced the Seascoper 600 a couple of years ago during a hands-on session. We have to admit that it came as a surprise, not only because the brand wasn’t very familiar to us, but mostly because the dive watch impressed us with its quality, its equipment, its COSC in-house movement and its price – well below 2K euros. The market for dive watches is, to say the least, saturated, but Titoni has convincing arguments to position itself as a legitimate contender. New to the collection is this carbon-cased model that adds a technical look and lightness to the package. And this new Titoni Seascoper 600 CarboTech retains everything that made the steel models highly competitive.
In short, the Titoni Seascoper 600 is a contemporary dive watch that relies on classic codes of the category. It’s not so much its design that makes it a striking watch, but everything it offers, considering the price. It brings serious diving credentials and solid watchmaking background together with a price that is hard to understand at first. Usually, at around 1.7k euros (the price of the classic steel models), you’ll end up with a 200m dive watch running on Sellita power. Not here. The Seascoper 600 has far more under the hood. And the new CarboTech edition only makes it better.
Design- and specification-wise, the new Titoni Seascoper 600 CarboTech is identical to the steel models with a 42mm diameter and 14.5mm height. The shape is classic, with bold lugs and strong shoulders and a crown that is nicely protected and set into lateral guards. It’s also a legitimate dive watch made for action, with a screw-down crown, a screwed caseback (with a sapphire window), and a helium escape valve positioned flush on the side of the case at 9 o’clock. And the water-resistance…? A solid 600-metre rating.
The Seascoper 600 CarboTech is all about materials. Far more technical in look, it now has an outer case made of forged carbon, a composite that is obtained by pressing carbon pieces with resin, meaning that it results in random patterns, making each case unique. To guarantee its water-resistance, the Titoni Seascoper retains the metallic central container, but the new model is far lighter than the traditional steel version – and that has a direct impact on the comfort on the wrist. Also, the dial is framed by a unidirectional bezel with a polished ceramic insert and the mandatory 60-minute diving scale.
Three different versions of the Titoni Seascoper 600 CarboTech have been released. There’s the present model, with blue accents on the dial and bezel and a more classic edition with white and grey accents. The third version is much bolder, with a rainbow effect on the bezel, as the scale is filled with colours ranging from red to yellow and blue. The rest of the dial remains identical to the black edition, with white-filled markers and hands.
Other than the new material and darker look, the dial of the Seascoper 600 CarboTech remains classic, with a glossy black base and large applied markers (combining dots and Arabic numerals) and openworked hands, all filled with Super-LumiNova. A date aperture with a white background is placed at 3 o’clock.
Under the sapphire caseback is the calibre T10, an in-house automatic movement that has been designed to offer quite a lot to the wearer. Presented in 2019, this is a large self-winding movement (29.30mm) running at a 4Hz frequency. Unlike the ubiquitous ETA 2824 or its Sellita 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; and the decoration, with its opened gold-coloured rotor, is also fairly pleasant.
The Titoni Seascoper 600 CarboTech is worn on a black rubber strap closed by a black-coated folding clasp. Additionally, the watch is delivered with a #tide strap made from recycled ocean plastic. Released as part of the permanent collection, these new carbon dive watches are priced at EUR 2,910 (incl. VAT and shipping) for the blue or black models and EUR 3,000 (incl. VAT and shipping) for the rainbow version – which, once again, is a fair price for what you’ll get in return. For more details and orders, please visit www.titoni.ch.
aside from the question of black watches vs steel/titanium color, the issue of scratchability is a glaring one. if you like these watches, fine. and they are attractive, but like untreated titanium cases, the surface is every bit or more susceptible to scratching than steel…except they cannot be buffed or polished out.
for me, that’s a major issue with spending a lot for some super material timepiece. for others this might not be of importance. for me, this is a purchase killer. still, looks nice.
Are they using the Squale case? This looks almost identical….