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The YEMA Superman has seen many different variations over the years, incorporating charming new designs to this historic diver collection. This time around, YEMA collaborated with the established American watch enthusiast website Worn & Wound to introduce a brand new Superman that strikes a sweet balance between vintage and modern. Just like us, the talented people over at Worn & Wound dedicate themselves to offer an in-depth look at value-driven and beautifully crafted timepieces. These attributes are clearly reflected in YEMA’s latest collaborative dive watch, packing a stunning Maxi dial and subtle vintage cues to the classic Superman, a fan-favorite pick that certainly excels in providing an outstanding value.
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.
|Yema Superman Maxi Dial Blue 41mm
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.
The case of the Superman Maxi Dial Blue - Bracelet 41mm 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 41mm, a lug to lug distance of 49.5mm and a slim case profile of merely 13.2mm, the watch evokes an appealing retro character that sits extremely comfortable on the wrist.
|Yema's signature locking device for the bezel|
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 Superman Maxi Dial Blue - Bracelet 41mm sports this iconic design feature operated from its screw-down crown at the 3 o’clock position, locking its unidirectional, circular brushed steel bezel firmly in place. Complete with contrasting black filled engraved markers at every 5-minute interval and a luminescent pip at the 12 o’clock position, this bezel definitely brings a invigorating sporty look to the piece.
Designed by Zach Weiss from Worn & Wound, the Superman Maxi Dial Blue - Bracelet 41mm stands out for its oversized hour markers and pleasingly symmetric, no-date, deep sea blue dial. Otherwise known as a ‘Maxi’ dial, the deliberately enlarged oversized markers significantly boosts legibility while bringing a fun and quirky, one-of-a-kind appearance that has came to be vastly well received by hardcore dive watch fans.
The 2.60mm thick sapphire double-domed crystal
Alongside its nostalgic crosshair dial design reminiscent of vintage dive watches from the 60s to 70s, 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 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.
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 20mm brushed 3-link stainless steel bracelet, equipped with a diver’s extension set for your underwater diving adventures. Having its solid end-links flare out with a gentle downward curve, this further emphasizes the watch’s bold and masculine personality.
SUPERLUMINOVA BGW9 offering perfect readability in the dark
The Superman Maxi Dial Blue - Bracelet 41mm is powered by the second-generation in-house Caliber YEMA2000 automatic movement, a stepped-up variation of the MBP1000 Caliber. This magnificent movement yields slightly enhanced precision and durability with optimized components, 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 Superman Maxi Dial Blue - Bracelet 41mm definitely packs an incredible value. Consisting of all the right ingredients for a vintage-inspired modern dive watch, the combination of excellent specifications and a well-designed Maxi dial make this one of an extremely alluring offering that will certainly please anyone that craves for a capable dive watch.