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.
This watch was designed and developed in collaboration with the Yema fans. Based on their iconic diver of 1963 it is limited to 150 pieces. This brushed 39mm 316L stainless steel case is round with gently tapering lugs that transition as one. Giving the watch an elegance on the wrist as the lugs curve over your wrist. A 49mm lug to lug length gives the watch a real presence. On the right side, we have a signed screw-down crown with crown guards. The slim uni-directional bezel has a khaki-green insert with white 24-hour numerals. The glossy effect replicates the Bakelite resin inserts of the original. A double domed scratch-resistant sapphire crystal. The matte black dial has applied disc and baton indexes filled with C1 Super-LumiNova marking the hours. At 3 o’clock a date window. A sword hand for the minutes alongside an arrow hand for the hours with Super-LumiNova® infill. The center second hand has a lume filled tip. A GMT hand has a red-framed triangle lumed tip, making it clear which time zone you are looking at. The central 24-hour hand is quick-set using the crown in its second position and is conveniently independent of the central hour hand, which is set using the crown in the third position. Adjusting the 24 hour hand thankfully does not cause the movement to “hack” or stop, so the timekeeping remains accurate when traveling. The dial is legible in all types of lighting situations thanks to the Super-LumiNova. On the reverse, you can see the engraved Yema coat of arms in all its glory, details of the watch are also engraved into the screw-down case back. Inside an Automatic ETA 2893-2, 21 Jewels, 28,800 beats per hour. It has both hacking and hand winding for your convenience. Fitted on its 19mm Yema “Oyster” brushed stainless steel bracelet complete with a divers extension and a vintage Yema logo on the double folding clasp.
Points of Mention
This watch is sold with its original Yema signed case and signed guarantee card. The watch comes paired on its original H Link bracelet with all links present and fully stickered. The watch is from May 2020 and is in completely unworn condition and brand new. The watch comes with its manufactures warranty which is transferable to the new owner by simply possessing the card in the package.
I am personally a fan of when companies take their vintage designs and become inspired by it, but then also add a cool twist, like Yema has done here with the Green bezel! No surprises that this didn't last long and sold before it could even make it to the website for sale.