Yema's New Watches Present a Compelling Value Proposition

One of our favorite indie brands has just announced new versions of its flagship dive watch featuring new automatic movements.

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The new Superman dive watches from one of our favorite French brands look pretty darn cool, with fun combinations of bronze, steel and striking dial colors — not to mention that raised vintage-style crystal. The kicker, however, is what's inside: Yema has introduced the next generation of its own automatic movement: the cal. YEMA2000 will power the new three-hander Superman models, while the cal. YEMA3000 will power two new bronze Superman GMTs watches.

The automatic YEMA2000 is introduced in two watches, each combining a steel case with a bronze bezel and crown for a unique two-tone look, available in green or gray dial variants. It offers the time and date, a 42-hour power reserve and operates at the standard 4Hz. An evolution of the brand's previous movement, the MPB1000, it features upgraded components meant to improve durability and precision, according to the brand.

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Yema

The GMT models, which feature bronze cases and bezels with blue or gray dial options, are powered by the new YEMA3000, which adds a 24-hour GMT hand to the basic movement. According to the brand, the new movements have been in development for two years and are "designed, developed and assembled by our watchmakers in our Morteau (France) workshops." The issue of what constitutes an "in-house movement" is highly scrutinized and contentious in the watch industry, but Yema seems to be offering something unique and interesting for a pretty reasonable price.

The Superman watches containing the new movements are each available in 39mm or 41mm versions and will be launched via a Kickstarter campaign beginning October 15th, 2020. Kickstarter campaign backers can get the YEMA2000-powered three-hand automatic Superman for around $545 (54% off retail), and the full-bronze, YEMA3000-powered Superman GMT for about $749 (58% off). The three-hand and GMT models (regardless of the version) are each limited to 1,948 examples.

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