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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 Navygraf Maxi Dial - Bracelet
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 another exceedingly attractive heritage dive watch inspired by a model from the late 1980s - The Navygraf. This new variant of the Navygraf embodies YEMA’s prestigious heritage while offering a fresh modernistic design, upholding their unwavering innovative spirit.
As expected from a brand that stays true to their roots, the YEMA Navygraf Maxi Dial 39mm - Bracelet comes in a classic size closer to conventional dive watches of the 70s era. The case measures in with a tasteful diameter of 39mm, a lug to lug distance of 47mm and a thickness of 12mm. With these dimensions, the watch evokes an appealing retro character that sits extremely comfortable on the wrist. Finishing is immaculately executed to a high level of precision, presenting fine satin brushing throughout the case. The excellent brushing blends harmoniously with the refined case size that makes for an overall sporty and elegant look ready for any occasion.
Yema2000 In-House Caliber
Although the black unidirectional diving bezel may appear rather simple at first glance, it packs some serious punch with a scratch-resistant sapphire bezel insert that offers superb protection against accidental knocks, especially against those nasty door jams. The reflective surface of the insert catches the light beautifully, exhibiting a charming appearance similar to bakelite or acrylic bezels popularly used in the past. Moreover, numerals and markers on the bezel come alive in the dark with stunning green luminous treatment.
Diving into the main attraction of the Navygraf Maxi Dial 39mm - Bracelet, the matte black dial showcases slightly oversized hour markers inspired by the iconic design of YEMA’s 1990s Navygraf II. This historic design originated from a time when the all-too-familiar Seiko Corporation owned YEMA, incorporating large markers commonly used in vintage pieces of the period. The dial definitely pops with energy and vibrancy as a result of bold orange accents furnished on the hands, markers and the handsome ‘Navygraf’ script font printed on the dial.
|The bright orange hands offer increased readability in all circumstances|
With the absence of a date window, the dial is kept clean and symmetrical, drawing most attention to what really matters - time reading legibility. When it comes to legibility, the Navygraf Maxi Dial 39mm - Bracelet boasts exceptional readability even in the dark with generously coated Swiss C5 SuperLuminova lume lighting up the hands and markers emitting a bright green glow. On top of that, the dial is protected with a thick piece of scratch-resistant sapphire crystal that grants this piece a substantial water resistance of 990 ft (300 meters).
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 rest. This incredible dive tool watch is supplied with a 19mm 1970s reissue of the “oyster” vintage style stainless steel bracelet, equipped with a diver’s extension set for your underwater diving adventures.
|Super-LumiNova offers perfect readability in low light conditions|
The Navygraf Maxi Dial 39mm - Bracelet 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, movement is gorgeously decorated with stripes and stunning perlage finishing that reflects on their fine craft in producing an in-house movement.
YEMA watches provide some of the best value-for-money propositions in its class. The Navygraf Maxi Dial 39mm - Bracelet embraces the rich history and values of the brand, bringing a timeless design from the past that looks no less impressive even by modern standards. Loaded with outstanding specifications, this is a captivating offering that will not fail to impress.