Yema was founded in 1948 by Henry Louis Belmont after he came top of his class at the National Watchmaking School of Besancon in 1931. The legend goes that the name Yema was created by a teenager's imagination who entered a competition run by Henry. 1963 saw the introduction of the Yema Superman, essentially made for dive professionals; it had a 300-meter water resistance. Its bezel lock system made it quite unique and was soon adopted by the French Air force for its pilots. In the 1960s, Yema became the leading watch exporter in France, selling more than 500,000 watches a year in over 50 countries. In 1982 Yema went to space with Yema Spationaute 1.
Here we have a 1970s YEMA Jumbo Sous-Marine "Red Eye" Chronograph with a 38.5mm tonneau chrome case. The curve of the case draws the eyes towards the lugs with a lug to lug length of 46mm and a thickness of 13mm gives the watch an impressive wrist presence. On the right side, you find the chronograph pushers and a signed crown in the centre. The 60-minute bezel is printed silver numerals against a black background. A domed crystal sits above a black dial with a Tachymeter chapter ring in white. The minute track is made of racing checkers with applied baton indexes marking the hours. The bi-compax design is made up of a larger 30-minute register that has red segments giving it a striking pattern and its nickname at 3 o’clock. At 9 o’clock a smaller continuous minute register. Slender baton hands with red highlights and luminescence tips complemented by an orange chronograph second hand. Text is precisely printed. On the reverse, a screw-down case back with the Yema coat of arms stamped into it. Inside a Manually Wound Valjoux 7733, 17 jewels, 18,000 beats per hour and the watch comes fitted on a 20mm leather strap.
Points of Mention
This watch is sold as "Watch Only" and therefore comes with no original box or paperwork. The watch comes paired on a well-suited leather strap. The watch is from Circa. 1970s and is sold in worn, vintage, condition with signs of wear and age but overall very good for its age. The watch comes with our 12-Months NON-Waterproof Warranty.