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Yema Superman Skin Diver; 1000 Piece Ltd Edition

Yema has launched a Superman Skin Diver, capturing the 60s scuba spirit with this well equipped dive watch. It has a Sellita SW200 movement, sapphire crystal, plus unidirectional click-stop bezel. The depth rating is 300m and it features a crown lock at the 3pm position.

This really looks business-like, a tool watch to withstand soem serious diving.

The crystal is 2.6mm thick – bit more resistant to scratches and water than usual. We loves the fish scales bracelet link design.

The edition is 1000 pieces, each numbered, and Price is just under $1250. More here. 

Yema Revive 1970s LED Digital Watches

Yema are on a roll right now, with new bronze models and the Heritage chronographs, which capture the feel of the 70s era motorsport world. In the same vein, the latest LED watches hark back to those hady days when the first computerised digital watches appeared on Tomorrow’s World and other TV shows. Like the old school LED watches, the modern Yema needs a push of a button to illuminate the display. Saves the battery.

They also have that brushed steel, super sleek `Spaceman’ kinda case styling, so beloved of Sci-Fi fans back then watching Blake’s Seven or other far fetched malarkey. There’s a screwdown caseback, and Yema say that the watches are waterproof to around 33o feet, which is something you should never attempt with a vintage Casio. It’s a 37mm case size, so it’s in keeping with the retro feel.

At £279 these are expensive LED watches – you can pick up a true colectors item from those days, still working, for that money. But if you want the enjoyment of a digital watch, with a guarantee, then you have Yema, Casio or several Chinese brands to consider.

Yema Superman French Air Force Has That Top Gun Vibe

Latest word from Yema – new aviation themed watch just launched;

Inspired by the legendary Superman Heritage, the French Air Force models have been redesigned jointly with French Air Force so as to meet the requirements of their diver rescuers and fighter pilots personnel, hence the dual SEA-AIR features of these unique military tool watches.

Available in both black PVD and Steel case, the Superman French Air Force is equipped with YEMA’s in-house caliber MBP1000 (Quartz) and features a matt black dial printed with “French Air Force” logo and the coloured national insignia at 6 o’clock.

These 2 models are proposed as a Collector’s Edition limited to 1,948 timepieces each, (Yema was founded in 1948 by the way ) and delivered in a French Air Force branded leather travel case, plus the official pilot watch canvas strap in addition to the original steel bracelet. Price is 549 euros for the black edition and 499 for the stainless steel case/bracelet model.

More here.


`50s Fun From France; Leaunoir Remixes Retro Pocket Watch Flair

Leaunoir are a French based watch manufacturer looking to combine Italian leather straps, Swiss movements and a certain traditional Gallic flair. Their latest project on Kickstarter is the Neptune Calendar model, which reminds us of vintage pocket watches of the 50s and 60s.

With a large winding crown and bold white numbers set on plain, almost utilitarian coloured dial plates, these have that Elgin or Ingersoll look about them. Sapphire crystal, elegant, long thin second hand, and rustic leather straps finish off the trad look.

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Here’s the word from Leaunoir;

The Leaunoir range is based on the “Neptune Calendar” model, a tribute to modern and daring explorers. Our watch will be available in seven different colors (you will be asked to choose the configuration at the end of the Kickstarter campaign):

The “Deep Blue” version has a matt blue dial marked with 4 luminescent points referenced C1 Swiss SuperLuminova®. The figures and the railway are painted off-white. A domed anti-scratch sapphire crystal covers the three steel hands.

The movement? This offers excellent accuracy and reliability specific to Swiss Made. The STP 1-11 operates at a rate of 28,800 vibrations per hour and benefits from a 44-hour power reserve. Our watchmaking experts review, test and adjust each movement during the assembly phase to optimize their accuracy, thus approaching COSC (Contrôle Officiel Suisse des Chronomètres) standards.

The design of the case provides a reinterpretation of the pocket watch from the 20s reworked in a raw version with its puck shape.

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The back of the case is screwed with six screws and completed with a sapphire crystal leaving our Swiss movement apparent. In profile, you can admire the domed sapphire glass rise in height and soften the whole in a subtle way. The dimensions are designed to promote elegance: 38mm in diameter for a thickness of 10.92mm (including glass). The weight of the Neptune Calendar testifies to its quality: 60g.

The dials evoke the 1950s watch. They give the Neptune Calendar this unique character, its anchoring in memory. Each dial is matt with a double thickness painted encryption, to give relief. It is made up of two dauphine hands tapered by a central edge, a second hand and a date window at 3 o’clock. It is marked by 4 luminescent points C1 Swiss SuperLuminova® at 12h, 3h, 6h and 9h.

The price is £442, based on an early bird pledge via Kickstarter, or £469 for a luxury leather strap edition – more info here.