Yema Yachtingraf Patent Pending Sold
Case: All Stainless Steel
Dimensions: 39mm without crown
Function: Regatta Chronograph
Caliber: Valjoux 7733 Manual Wind
Strap: 19mm tropic strap
Today, Yema Chronographs are very desirable, and there’s no wonder why. Yema is a French brand born in 1948 that quickly became famous as it is said that they launched the first automatic chronograph manufactured in their home country. With dimensions and shape similar to some “big” watches like the Heuer Autavia or early Speedys and racing/regatta dials, this chronographs have rapidly become a sought after collectors and will continue to be.
This piece is a Yachtingraf that dates from 1967 with serial 81xxxx which indicates it was in the last batch of this model. This example has the desired 39mm w/o crown all stainless steel First Execution Heuer Autavia 2446 type of case but adding a Heuer Skipper-regatta-like dial. It also has a bi-directional divers rotating bezel and waterproof caseback. Can you imagine something more beautiful than this? It is powered by the robust Valjoux 7733. The case is in very good condition with no signs of over-polishing. The dial is in mint condition with a matte black dial color. The bezel is also in good condition. The watch is running good, the chrono functions as it should and the watch keeps time. It comes on a tropic strap that, as you can see on many advertisements of the time, could be the original combo.