Brands like Yema are few and far between. Founded in 1948 in Besançon, France by Henry Louis Belmot, they were the leading exporter of French watches in the late 60’s, and have been in continuous operation since. Spanning from iconic dive watches to patented yachting timers to the watch worn during a historic win at the Indy 500, Yema’s history is studded with the kind of landmarks that only great watch brands can achieve. Today, their focus is on celebrating this rich history through accurate recreations of archival pieces, while also pursuing new interpretations of these remarkable timepieces.
Something that distinguishes Yema’s watches from others from the time period is their clever solutions to common problems, most notably their bezel locking mechanism. Yema Superman models are near 1:1 recreations of their 1963 forefathers. This includes a piece of folded metal that sits between the crown and bezel, which, when pressed into the bezel by the crown when screwed in, effectively prevents it from turning. A novel solution to a potentially serious issue, it’s elegant in its simplicity. And while meant for function, it also provides the Superman with a unique appearance.