In June of 2017, I composed a article about the Yemas that were available to be purchased at an upcoming Watches of Knightsbridge sell off. I felt that the watches were decent, however valued at or around the market. I wound up going to the closeout, it harmonized with other business I had around, and I left away profoundly amazed with the outcomes. A 7736-fueled “formica dial” Rallye chronograph sold for 4500 GBP before commission and a “Earthy colored Sugar” chronograph sold for a surprising 7500 GBP before “the juice”. Maybe I’ve been sleeping at the worst possible time, yet everything amounts to the way that Yema is hot at the present time and individuals are plainly after them. Here on #TBT, and in the sale audit article, we’ve zeroed in altogether on chronographs. Today, however, we’ll direct our concentration toward another style of watch in light of the fact that the spunky French marque made different styles. Truth be told, I’d say that the present subject is much more generally critical. The Yema Superman is our objective, though in LeJour appearance, so we should take a look.
The Yema Superman – A Historic Diver
We’ve chronicled numerous underground watches on #TBT with an end goal to show the different endeavors, and the developments sent, at making the ideal plunge watch. A few, for example, the Doxa 300 or Phillip Caribbean, offered special bezels to make plunging more secure before the coming of the trusty jump computer. Others, for example, the Seiko 6105, added a peculiar locking crown that obviously didn’t make it past a one model run. The Rolex Red Submariner was seen and most would say that it positions as one of the more ideal examples regarding lucidity, straightforwardness and usefulness. Furthermore, at last, we most as of late took a gander at the Rado Captain Cook as a mid 1960’s jumper that utilized a peculiar curved bezel found on some other early watches. Dread not, the present glance at the Yema Superman will not be our last invasion into jump watches that attempted to add something new, yet it’s an advantageous piece to discuss.
The Superman Debuted in 1963
The Yema Superman was presented in 1963. With a profundity rating of 300 meters, I’ve seen gathering postings expressing that this watch was the principal “mass market” profound jumper. Truly, everything relies upon how one characterizes mass market, however we should set that the watch probably qualified as generally reasonable versus the large Swiss brands that didn’t significantly offer such abilities and was, along these lines, appropriate for a wide scope of purchasers. Concerning silly early plunge watch development, the Superman doesn’t disappoint.
Innovation on the Yema Superman
A snappy look at the Yema Superman would recommend a traditional jumper with a turning bezel, however after looking into it further, one notification a section at 3:00. The section overlays on top of the bezel and makes a window in order to dark as little of the scale as could really be expected. It’s appended to the watch by encompassing the crown stem and when the crown is unscrewed, the section dangles.
The reason for the section, you inquire? It’s very straightforward and very rich: bolting the bi-directional bezel once set. The Superman’s bezel is knurled outwardly and a nearby glance at within the bezel lock section shows that it has “hooks” to grasp the knurling, accordingly securing it in place.
You may not believe that this is serious, yet consider that bezels back in the mid 1960’s were bi-directional and frequently non-clicking. Indeed, this is by all accounts the primary locking plunge bezel. As an aside, screwing and unscrewing a crown to permit a bezel to pivot isn’t unfamiliar; we surveyed a Glycine Airman that follows a similar general principal.
A Locking Dive Bezel
You likewise may say that the locking plunge bezel on the Yema Superman isn’t too valuable since there haven’t been numerous watches with such a system since, however it’s critical on the grounds that watch companies have gone to incredible length to guarantee bezels don’t move. As referenced, unidirectional clicking bezels that require genuine exertion to turn are an indication of value and security. At that point, think about the first Ploprof with its locking bezel (copied by Squale with its Tiger) and the Tuna with its cover. The last pieces were intended for experts, so consider the Yema as a watch with genuine intentions.
The ruin of the Superman’s plan, however, is that the crown should be unscrewed to turn the bezel and that appears to be somewhat dangerous and unrealistic. I guess it may consistently be conceivable to do it in the dry, yet I’d believe that changing the watch while in the water or with wet gloves while on a boat is more regular behavior.
Bezel locking component aside, the Yema Superman could rapidly be made look like a customary looking jumper. Keep in mind, however, you’re taking a gander at 1963 and beside the Submariner and, maybe, the Seamaster 300, I’d contend that the case configuration qualifies as lovely present day compared to most other early jumpers with their frequently smooth and carefully styled cases.
It additionally portends things to come at the brand in light of the fact that the plan is comparable in style to the Yema chronographs we as a whole know and appreciate. In this execution, it’s completely pure at 39mm in measurement with a 19mm drag width. Similarly, the watch contains huge crown monitors and a similarly enormous crown (complete with a “ventured” look like on most watches from Yema). The Yema decorated case back is screw down and like most watches of this period, it contains a thick, domed acrylic crystal.
Funky Green Lume
Moving onto the dial, the Yema Superman contains, by and by, a genuinely conventional dial and hands set. Immense green, outlined lume plots depict the hour records with numerals inside these at 6/9/12. This style of numbers inside the plots is seen on early jumpers like the Zodiac Sea Wolf and the Eterna Kon Tiki; it’s a cool look that is come once more into vogue as the previously mentioned watches have now been reissued. The hands are regular 60’s jumper with a bolt molded minutes hand that is quite deliberate for a jumper. What’s more, what about that green lume? It might resemble a problematic relume, however it’s genuine, it’s run of the mill, and emanates momentarily under a dark light.
A LeJour is a Yema for the USA
I referenced that the Yema Superman you’re gazing it is really badged as a LeJour. We’ve examined the way that LeJour was simply a Yema rebadged for US deal. The interesting thing, and again it’s ordinary, is that watch contains a Yema case back. No, it didn’t appear to take a lot to take a lot to skirt customs once upon a time other than a basic name change on the dial. Yema renditions, incidentally, are indistinguishable beside the name on the dial. As referred to, the watch you are taking a gander at here is the soonest version of the Superman. I’d recommend looking to see the various versions that followed. Give specific consideration to versions with acrylic bezels, blue dials, and clear seconds hands fundamentally the same as the Seiko 6105 (recollect, Yema was claimed by Seiko for a period).
The Yema Superman Uses a French Movement
Movement savvy, the Yema Superman contains something I’ve not actually come upon previously, the French Ebauches “FE” 3611. It’s a 17-gem programmed with date and runs at 21,600 bph. It very well may be physically wound. As per , this is a “peculiar” development because of the train and hand gear being driven independently by its barrel. It considers a slimmer plan (not actually proved by the watch by and large), yet requires genuine exactness. Whatever the case, interestingly, there are a lot of these developments skimming around if fixes are required and it keeps incredible time.
Another detail merits referencing. When investigating the first Yema Superman pamphlet, it doesn’t take long to see that the bezel cut shows as red. These clasps were painted and it’s very uncommon to discover one with any hints of shading. That is not an astonishment, however, as the screw down crown grinds into the lock, while pushing it facing the case, and the real bolting teeth press facing the knurling. I’m torn with regards to whether I’ll get some red lacquer and hand paint the lock myself – we should see!
A Tropic Strap is Perfect on the Superman
You’ll see that I’ve connected a Tropic to the Yema Superman in the vein of what initially accompanied the watch. Truth be told, it’s a semi-vintage Hong Kong-made tie produced using the Tropic shape that were dispatched there after the first brand left business. In the wake of utilizing my trusty folding knife to eliminate the bountiful measures of glimmer, I think it currently looks very great and unquestionably suitable. You can see that 39mm looks decent on the wrist and the to some degree burly case thickness helps give the watch the presence of more size than generally jumpers of its age. When searching for a Superman, beside making sure to keep an eye out for the bezel lock, check the typical things like the state of the dial and hands. There’s little else to worry about, as these are genuinely straightforward. Note that LeJour renditions are basically estimated at a similar level as the Yemas. What do these expense today? Accept some place in the domain of $1500 – 2500 for a strong watch. This is a long ways from the $500 – 800 that these expense simply a year or so back, however I actually consider it moderately reasonable for a critical, and very much made, vintage diver. I was lucky to get this little-utilized model from Andreas at My Local Time and as you can see from above, it even accompanied the first guidance manual!
Overall, I respect chronographs undeniably more than some other style of watch, however in an odd new development, I favor the Yema Superman over the mainstream Rallyes and the different “grafs”. I like the perfect looks and the way that there’s some development – regardless of how minor. The Superman has become more hard to find inferable from its prevalence among authorities. I’d recommend finding one while they’re still moderately affordable.