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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, a name that 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 era. 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 Heritage GMT Blue/Grey 39mm
We all are familiar with countless exceptional watches made by the Swiss and Japanese that are dominating the market. Nonetheless, the French also displayed excellence in the fine art of watchmaking with the creation of many beautifully decorated haute horlogerie pieces and complex movements. While YEMA may not be a name that the masses are entirely familiar with, it is a brand synonymous with the production of fine French-made timepieces and an incredibly rich heritage. Founded in 1948 by French watchmaker Henry Louis Belmont, YEMA has demonstrated remarkable mastery in watchmaking with the creative integration of innovative designs to their ever-dependable tool watches.
Developing reliable dive watches is certainly no stranger to YEMA, producing high-performance dive watches for the French Military’s Air Force Diver Rescuers back in the 1970s for helicopter-borne sea rescue operations. Likewise, YEMA brought us their latest addition to the flagship Superman collection, their signature line of iconic French dive watches first created back in 1963. Embrace this stunning new model that embodies YEMA’s prestigious heritage while offering a fresh modernistic design, upholding their unwavering innovative spirit.
|Yema's signature locking device for the bezel
The case of the YEMA Superman Heritage GMT Blue Gray remains as striking as we’ve known it to be with previous iterations, presenting sharp pointed lugs and well-defined lines on its fully brushed 316L stainless steel case. Measuring in with a tasteful diameter of 39mm, a lug to lug distance of 48mm and a slim case profile of merely 13.7mm, the watch evokes an appealing retro character that sits extremely comfortable on the wrist.
Driven by a strong sense of innovation, YEMA developed the Superman with a novel bezel-lock mechanism to set the bezel in place, preventing accidental bezel movements that may hinder timekeeping functions for professional divers. Just like YEMA’s first ever Superman from 1963, the YEMA Superman Heritage GMT Blue Gray sports this iconic design feature operated from its screw-down crown at the 3 o’clock position, locking its two-tone aluminium bidirectional bezel firmly in place. Coming in a dusky gray color on the upper half of the 24-hour GMT scale bezel, and a deep navy blue on the bottom half, this bezel design evokes a unique retro aesthetic while providing a clear indication of the second timezone’s day and night time.
|Domed Sapphire crystal radiates the vintage charm of 70s divers|
The rich glossy black dial of the YEMA Superman Heritage GMT Blue Gray presents a pleasingly balanced dial layout with contrasting white markers and the mention of ‘Worldtime’ in a bold red font, a detail incorporated in the dial of this latest model, bringing a vibrant pop of color. Furthemore, the date window is now executed in a black, seamlessly blending into the black dial to preserve the dial’s symmetry.
Alongside its dashing red GMT hand, the iconic “shovel” seconds hand draws inspiration from 1970’s Superman models, a welcoming touch that looks right in place even in this modern interpretation. For uncompromised nighttime visibility, all hands and markers are generously treated with a thick coating of white Swiss SuperLumiNova BGW9, lighting the dial up like a torch in the dark. Topping it off, the 2.60mm thick scratch-resistant double-domed sapphire crystal further elevates the vintage aspect of the piece with enthralling distortions at various angles, just like old-school acrylic crystals.
|Exact re-issue hour lame plots and handset|
Water resistance is uncompromised as a result of its screw-down crown and screw-in case back which are proudly signed with YEMA’s historic crest, equipping the piece with a strong water resistance of 300m (990 ft). This incredible dive tool watch is supplied with a 19mm brushed H-link stainless steel bracelet, equipped with a diver’s extension set for your underwater diving adventures. On the wrist, the bracelet beautifully complements the sporty nature of the Superman Heritage GMT as it fluidly conforms around the shape of the wrist.
The YEMA Superman Heritage GMT Blue Gray is powered by the latest generation in-house Caliber YEMA3000 automatic GMT movement. This magnificent movement yields slightly enhanced precision and durability with optimized components compared to similar Standard Grade calibers, giving the movement a healthy power reserve of approximately 42 hours. This 29 jewel movement beats at a rate of 28,800 beats per hour with thorough accuracy checks by YEMA watchmakers. On top of that, the movement is gorgeously decorated with stripes and stunning perlage finishing that reflects on their fine craft in producing an in-house movement.
For a dive watch that calls upon so much heritage, especially from an esteemed French watchmaker like YEMA, the YEMA Superman Heritage GMT Blue Gray definitely packs an incredible value. Consisting of all the right ingredients for a vintage-inspired modern dive watch, the excellent refresh in design and solid specifications make this one of an extremely alluring offering that will certainly please anyone that craves for a capable GMT dive watch.