1960s Yema Yachtingraf Patent Pending (Ref. 9312)
From outer space, the racetrack, sailing, diving, and to the North Pole and back, Yema wristwatch’s were built to accompany adventurers from the get-go. Founded in 1948, the Yema wristwatch company saw early success and quickly became the best-selling French watch brand of the 1960s.
The Yema Yachingraf was introduced in 1966 for the sole purpose of regatta racing and features a highly visible red, white, and blue countdown timer for the right sub-dial to track the 5-minute countdown at the start of the race. The Yachtingraf eventually became the official watch of the French Sailing Federation and went on to accompany the French National Sailing team in the 1972 Olympics. The Yema Yachtingraf ref. 9312 houses a Valjoux Cal. 7733 chronograph movement.
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The excellent long lug case has been lightly polished in the past and shows some light signs of use. The original bezel shows some patina from previous use and remains in overall excellent condition. The crown and pump pushers were most likely replaced during an early service. The case back has been lightly polished however the factory engravings all remain legible and the "Yema" medallion remains fully intact. The watch will come supplied on a 2pc handmade leather strap.
The matte black dial is very well preserved and displays minimal signs of use and no blemishes. The sub-dials remain clean, and the unique hand for the regatta timer is original to the watch. The tritium lumed markers have taken on a charming dark patina, under U.V. light inspections 12 o'clock marker show some very minor degradation, the rest of the lume plots remain fully intact. The original tritium hands match the dial perfectly, under U.V. light inspection the hour and minute hand show light degradation and remain stable.
Non. The watch is keeping time and functioning perfectly, previous service history is unknown.