Off the Cuff: Titoni Heritage Chronograph 94020 S-680

A café racer refers to a specific style of pared down motorcycle popularized in late 1950s and early 1960s Britain. The bikes, frequently cast offs from more family-oriented machines with sidecars, were an inexpensive means of transportation in post-war England. They allowed their owners, young men of little means, the ability to zip between popular cafés. Stripped of their non-essentials–side panels, fenders, and chain protectors—these modified cycles were outfitted with low-mounted handlebars, forcing the rider to lean over the tank in an aerodynamic run.

Titoni Heritage Bicompax Chronograph Watch Review
Titoni Heritage Chronograph @calibre321


The motorcycles became an integral part of the rocker culture, shucking off the stultifying conventions of British society in style. It’s this mid-century urbanity that Titoni hopes to capture with the Heritage Bicompax Chronograph.

Titoni Heritage Bicompax Chronograph Watch Review
Pared down racing vibes @calibre321

Ironically, the timepiece is a stripped-down version of a handwound watch the brand produced in that same era under the Felca flag—and then reissued as the Titoni 94019 S-ST-682 in the same Heritage line. Gone are the tachymeter scale, the telemeter, and the vintage-styled fonts. The cream-coloured dial has been replaced by sunray-brushed silver (featured here) or black. The handset has become a much sleeker syringe-style, as well. With its polished baton markers and starkly contrasting sub-dials, you might think you were looking at the dash components of a Triumph Thruxton. And that’s not a bad thing.

Titoni Heritage Bicompax Chronograph Watch Review
Curved chapter ring and rehaut @calibre321

This modern re-imagining has also been treated with a generous dose of C3 Super-LumiNova. While the surface area devoted to lume is relatively small—limited to the hands and pips at the cardinal points—it burns bright and lasts through the night. Not too shabby for a chrono.

Titoni Heritage Bicompax Chronograph Watch Review
Classic panda bicompax @calibre321
Titoni Heritage Bicompax Chronograph Watch Review
Sunray burst silver dial @calibre321
Titoni Heritage Bicompax Chronograph Watch Review
Mix of brushed and polished planes @calibre321

The case, too, is an interesting mix of old and new. The brushed bezel, measuring 41mm in diameter, slopes away steeply from the box sapphire crystal, and the faceted lugs shoot out from the mid-case at aggressive angles. A profile view reveals how quickly they tame the 15.2mm height. A blend of brushed and polished surfaces aids in dividing the up the real estate—the finishing of which is surprisingly high.

Titoni Heritage Bicompax Chronograph Watch Review
Selita SW510 with 18K gold-plated rotor @calibre321

On the right side, we find classic pump pushers and an oversized push/pull crown. Flip the watch over, and you get a bird’s eye view of the Sellita SW510 BHa, with its lovely 18K gold-plated rotor, courtesy of the sapphire display glass. The movement is a 4Hz calibre with a 58-hour power reserve. It has also been regulated in five positions for an accuracy of +/-5 seconds.  

Titoni Heritage Bicompax Chronograph Watch Review
C3 Super-LumiNova @calibre321

The reference featured here comes with a modified jubilee-style bracelet, which—like the case—is a mix of brush and polish. It tapers slightly from 20mm at the lugs to 18mm at the milled clasp. Tolerances are high and, here again, the finishing impresses—particularly at the clasp, where we find an engraving of the brand logo on a brushed field, which in turn is bordered by a steeply, chamfered polished edge. Also available are a leather strap and a two-piece nylon band.

Titoni Heritage Bicompax Chronograph Watch Review
Milled and signed, push-button clasp @calibre321


Case316L Stainless Steel
41mm Diameter
49mm Lug to Lug
15.2mm Thick
20mm Lug Width
Display Caseback
Push/Pull Crown
50m Water Resistance
Dial & CrystalBox Sapphire Crystal
/w AR
Sunray Burst Dial
Applied Markers
Date Window @ 6
C3 Super-LumiNova
MovementSellita SW510 BH A
(Central Chrono, Small Sec, 30-Min)
27 Jewels
28 800bph
58-Hour Power Reserve
18K Plated Rotor
StrapJubilee-style Bracelet
/w Milled Push-Button Clasp
Optional: Two Piece Nylon or Leather

Titoni Heritage Chronograph


Of Interest

Despite its tall case and box crystal, which sit high on the wrist, the Titoni Heritage Chrono wears unexpectedly well. If you have the wrist to accommodate its 49mm lug to lug dimensions, the profile is extremely well-balanced. It feels substantial, but not bulky. It is not likely going to be your choice for the office, but it will certainly rock a white tee and jeans.

Titoni Heritage Bicompax Chronograph Watch Review
Well-balanced dimensions @calibre321


Titoni Heritage Bicompax Chronograph Watch Review
Casual chic  @calibre321


While the bracelet is top notch, I wish that it had screw links. In addition, having handled the brand’s micro-adjust clasp (available on the Seascoper), I miss it here on the Heritage Chrono.  Nevertheless, I am tempted to outfit this with a leather rally strap and really own its café racer intentions.

Titoni Heritage Bicompax Chronograph Watch Review
Titoni Heritage Chronograph @calibre321

Final Thoughts

At this price point, there are a lot of automatic chronograph makers with skin in the game: Hamilton, Tissot, Certina, and a wealth of upstart micros. What the Titoni Heritage Chronograph has in its favour is impeccable finishing and a streamlined aesthetic. From the crisp azurage in the sub-dials and fine sunray brushing of the dial, to the concave dip in the chapter ring and gold-plated rotor underneath, there are a lot of appreciable details here. Even the subtle use of red in the chronograph hand and thirty-minute register is en pointe. And then, of course, there is the movement. Adjusted to five positions, the SW510 delivers maximum accuracy–and it’s not too hard to look, either. While Titoni has garnered a reputation for quality in the Asian markets for decades, western enthusiasts are only now turning their heads. Will offerings like the Heritage Chrono keep their attention? Only time will tell.

The Titoni Heritage Bicompax Chronograph retails for $2400USD on nylon or leather. On the bracelet, expect to pay $2500USD. For more information, please visit the brand website


About the author

Brent Robillard is a writer, educator, craftsman, and watch enthusiast. He is the author of four novels. You can follow him on Instagram.

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6 thoughts on “Off the Cuff: Titoni Heritage Chronograph 94020 S-680

  1. @archived_time

    It’s always interesting to see how brands put their own spin on the Panda design format. Here, the syringe hands and orange seconds hand look gorgeous.


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