French watchmaking company Yema has been on the resurgence in the past few years, with a range of historically inspired and very well-built tool watches. Add in the factor of in-house constructed movements for some collections, relatively affordable prices and partnerships with both the French Air Force (Armée de l’Air) and the French Navy (Marine Nationale), and you have quite a complete package. As was the case with the previous iteration of this military inspired travel watch. New for this year, though, is an updated version of the Yema Navygraf Marine Nationale GMT, with a new colour combination and a redesigned case.
The previous edition of the Yema Navygraf Marine Nationale GMT formed part of a quartet of watches supplied to the French Navy, alongside its commercial availability. It featured signature elements of the brand and collection, which are now reworked into a second-generation Navygraf Marine Nationale GMT, if you will. The update includes a redesigned case, which now measures 38.5mm in diameter and 12mm in height. The design is tweaked a little, with a new combination of contrasting finished and chamfered edges. The bidirectional rotating bezel has a two-tone white and blue insert with a 24-hour graduation. It comes with a double-domed sapphire crystal, a screw-down crown, a solid caseback and 300m water-resistance.
The matte blue dial has also been changed, with newly styled applied indices and hour and minute hands with Super-LumiNova inserts. The central seconds hand is yellow and paired with a GMT hand in black and yellow, with an openworked triangular tip. On the right-hand side, you can see the date in a white-outlined window. The dial is signed with the brand’s name, the model name in yellow and, of course, the Marine Nationale connection. Just as such a watch should be, it’s all very legible.
Yema has retained the YEMA3000 movement, a GMT edition of its YEMA2000 automatic calibre. As an alternative to ETA or Sellita movements, it runs at a rate of 28,800vph and offers 42 hours of power reserve once fully wound. It’s regulated to run within -/+10 seconds of deviation per day. The movement has been conceived and assembled in Mortea, France, making this watch even more appealing.
The new Yema Navygraf Marine Nationale GMT comes on either a stainless steel bracelet with a brushed finish and a safety folding clasp or a black FKM Viton rubber strap with a folding clasp. Additionally, Yema supplies a single-pass elastic parachute ‘Marine Nationale’ strap in blue, with a yellow stripe down the centre. It is available for pre-order now for a price of USD 1,349 on the steel bracelet or USD 1,379 on the FKM Viton rubber strap. The first batch of 300 pieces is scheduled to be shipped in mid-June this year.
For more information or to pre-order the watch, please visit Yema.com.