In recent years, Yema has gained a huge following largely due to their uniquely quirky dial design and characteristically French roots. They were established only in the 40’s but was mostly sold in France, where it had a huge following.
Of all the watches that Yema produced, the Yachtingraf would have to be the most iconic and desirable. Made in many different dial configurations, its characteristically unique regatta yacht timing subdial at 3 o’clock with its loud blue and red colours are instantly recognisable.
This is a nautical chronograph through and through and the dial design of the Yachtingraf is very unique. While all the attention is on the regatta yachting subdial, I even find the details of the 9 o’clock running seconds subdial to be beautiful with its smaller font and deep concentric circles. Furthermore, the inclusion of the ‘Patent Pending’ text is always a very cool addition and this was in relation to the yachting timer patent that was submitted by Yema.
Overall, it is a very rare piece, as they were made for France only (and in the USA but branded by LeJour). On top of this, to find one in this condition is very hard as most examples were used for their intended purpose.
The stainless steel case sized at 39mm ensures the watch has presence on the wrist. This is the perfect casual watch to wear on the weekend.