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 Manually Wound 760417 with a 39mm case. Polished and brushed surfaces transition with crisp edges. The curve of the case has a lug to lug length of 39mm and a case thickness of 11mm ensuring a comfortable fit on your wrist. The circular shape sits on your wrist like a "ufo". On the right side is a crown and a rare blue-tinted crystal sits proudly above a rare turquoise blue dial. The sterile dial has four markers highlighting the 12, 3, 6 and 9 with a framed date window at 6 o’clock. Black hands are in stark contrast to the turquoise blue dial. Beneath the 3 o’clock we have the Yema motif completing this rare and sophisticated dress watch. On the reverse is a screw-down case back, inside a Manually Wound FE Cal. 233-59, 17 jewels, 18,000 beats per hour. The watch comes fitted on a well-suited but cut 17mm leather strap, a generic 17mm spare strap will also be provided.
Points of Mention
This watch is sold as "Watch Only" and therefore comes with no original Yema box or paperwork. The watch comes paired on a well-suited but cut 17mm leather strap, a generic 17mm spare strap will also be provided. The watch is from Circa. 1970s and is sold in worn condition, but overall fair condition as you can see. The watch comes with our 12-Months NON-Waterproof Warranty.
My challenge to you is to find another one, I'm yet to do it myself and that is exactly why I fell in love with this watch and had to bring it to the site! I was amazed when I realised not only the dial that incredible shade of blue, but the crystal itself is also blue acrylic, I don't think I've seen that before on a watch! All powered by a reliable movement and a unique brand, what's not to like?