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Yema is a name that was born in 1948, created by Henry Louis Belmont, who was a graduate from the National Watchmaking School of Besancon in 1931. The name stayed till today and lingered very well, especially within the dive-watch community, which is synonymous with fine French horology.
Mr. Belmont created Yema, who specialized in the manufacturing well-built watches at an honest price (Gnomon’s philosophy), which led the brand to take off during the 1960s. Some of them do ring a bell for vintage watch collectors, for an instant, the 1960s Flygraf pilot chronograph (air), Rallygraf racing chronograph (land), and Yachtingraf regatta chronograph (sea). Further, let’s not forget the one and only diver collection that stamps this French maestro into the watchmaking legacy- the legendary Superman diver.
|Yema Superman GMT Black/Gray 39mm - Bracelet
Today, we like to introduce you to the latter that Yema had brought back from their archive, with the addition of a GMT function. The brand has already reintroduced the Superman collection successfully. Right here is the exact vintage-inspired model with a dual-time-reading twist - the Yema Superman GMT Black Gray 39mm.
We want to point out that before we get started, Yema truly focuses on the brand’s iconic diver to craft a faithful homage. They used 3D-modeling on an actual vintage Superman diver from that era during the inception period of the design process.
Faithful to its predecessor, specifically the Ref. 53.00.16 from 1970 - the 300m water resistance Yema Superman GMT is still and all, a re-issue of the 1963 famous diver. With its true-to-size 39mm steel case, featuring straight pointy lugs but yet keeping the original lug to lug distance of 48mm, and 13mm thick.
|Yema's signature locking device for the bezel
Just like the 1970s model, the most iconic design feature of the Superman that sets it different from others is the locking device for the bezel, located at 3 o’clock, in-between the bezel and the crown.
How does it work? It was a piece of engineering where once the time set and bezel rotated to the position one favors, the crown then locks the bezel with the locking device by having the crown screw back in. Simple yet effective to prevent any unnecessary movement on the bezel. Besides, the Superman GMT sets out to be a traveler’s possession rather than deep-diving into the ocean while still capable of it.
Besides, the Superman GMT sets out to be a traveler’s possession rather than deep-diving into the ocean while it is still capable of it.
Speaking of the bezel, the mid-century two-tone bezel made out of sapphire material gets a beautiful classic GMT style with a modern look. Further, the black and grey combo gets a 24-hours format, allowing the user to track up to three timezones. Since the two-tone bezel compliments the matte black dial, the Superman GMT get a sober and professional look for those who like to keep their timepiece classic.
|Domed Sapphire crystal radiates the vintage charm of 70s divers|
The dial and handset is an ode to the past with the same hour dots (now with trims), logo, and down to the “traffic-light” style second hand. Also, a red triangle GMT hand placed for the second-hour gets one revolution a day (24-hour format). All of which been applied with luminous that glows well in low-light situations. The “GMT” wording at the bottom matches the traffic light and the GMT hand to keep the color theme in sync. That said, all seen through a high-domed sapphire crystal gives the retro charm while durability is at the forefront.
Yema did not stop at the case design; they intentionally recreated the original sports steel bracelet with alternating brushed and polished middle surfaces - finishing with the addition of a diver's extension folding clasp with minted YEMA vintage logo. This accompaniment completes the whole package, and it is downright perfect.
The Yema Superman GMT is powered by the Swiss ETA 2893-02 automatic caliber, boasting 42 hours of power reserve that beats at 28,800bph- letting one enjoy the smooth sweeping seconds. All these are protected thoroughly under a solid screwed-in case back.
|Exact re-issue hour lame plots and handset|
In all, the Superman GMT Black Gray 39mm is a fresh, stylish modern re-issue that is nearly identical to the vintage model while being more traveler’s oriented. The re-issue gets few significant upgrades like the improvements of the case finishing and movement. What’s more intriguing is that we can see the parallel between this re-issue and the vintage model on their honest pricing. Like the old model, both are legit tool watch that offered good value for those willing to venture outside the usual suspects in the market.