Yema was founded in 1948 in Besançon (Doubs) by Henry Louis Belmont, the company created the first automatic chronometers manufactured entirely in France, and became famous for the technical excellence and sports features of its watches, famously known for Mario Andretti wearing one of their watches. The Valjoux 7734 was introduced in 1969, Being a hand-wound movement, once fully wound the 7734 will retain power for 45 hours.
The name ‘Valjoux’ comes from the mountainous region in Switzerland called ‘Valley de Joux’
The case of 39 mm is Chrome coated with a Stainless Steel case back. The original bezel in Kilometres continues the sporting theme of the watch. This example has the 2 sub-dials of 60 seconds and 30 minutes with an Orange centre seconds hand. At the six o’clock position sits the date window. The included original rubber strap and buckle completes the set up perfectly.
Points of Mention
This watch is sold as watch only and therefore comes with no original Roamer box or original Roamer paperwork. The watch comes with its original rubber strap which also features its original YEMA signed buckle. The chrome case is in overall good condition with a few signs of wear. The dial is all original and looks great, unknown service history but the watch is running well as is the Chronograph.
We have seen a large rise in popularity in YEMA since the brand has been brought back to life, though they cannot beat their original watches which can still be had for a great price like this one! I wouldn’t pass on this!