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As one of YEMA’s flagship collections that has grown to become a cult-favorite amongst watch enthusiasts, the Superman has always been highly recognized for its impeccable underwater capabilities and historic dive watch design. Back in 1988, YEMA was acquired by a distinguished Japanese brand that most of us here are undoubtedly largely familiar with - the Japanese watch manufacturing giant Seiko Corporation. YEMA later operated as a subsidiary under the Hattori Group (Seiko) to produce watches for the French market. Today, YEMA introduces a glorious vintage-inspired GMT variant to the classic Superman, capturing charming retro cues from YEMA’s Hattori period during the early 1990’s. Presenting a ‘coke’ two-tone bezel accompanied with a handsome Maxi dial, this is undeniably something for the adventurous globetrotter.
|Yema Superman Worldtime GMT Coke 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 Superman Worldtime GMT Coke - Bracelet 39mm 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 Superman Worldtime GMT Coke - Bracelet 39mm sports this iconic design feature operated from its screw-down crown at the 3 o’clock position, locking its two-tone aluminium bezel firmly in place.
Emblematic two-tone GMT bezel
Featuring an emblematic black-red bezel, affectionately dubbed as the ‘Coke’ for its similarities to the colors of the ubiquitous Coca-Cola beverage, the aluminium bezel insert adds an attractive retro charm as it develops a slight patina over time. Complete with contrasting white 24-hour markings 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 while allowing the reading of an additional timezone.
The Superman Worldtime GMT Coke - Bracelet 39mm stands out for its oversized hour markers against its deep, matte black 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 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 cream-coloured Swiss SuperLumiNova BGW9, lighting the dial up like a torch in the dark while bringing a warm vintage look in the day. 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 19mm 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 Worldtime GMT Coke - Bracelet 39mm is powered by the latest generation in-house Caliber YEMA3000 automatic GMT. 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 Superman Worldtime GMT Coke - Bracelet 39mm 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 GMT dive watch.