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Yema Yachtingraf

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Maker: Yema
Model: Yachtingraf
Functions: Regatta Chronograph
Case Material: Stainless steel
Case Width: 39mm
Case Thickness: 14mm
Crystal: Plexiglass
Lume: Yes, tritium
Lug Width: 19mm
Box/Papers: N/A
Year: 1966/7

CONDITION REPORT

The dial is in good condition overall, though some signs of previous humidity can be seen on the regatta sub-dial. Other than that, the dial is pretty much flawless. The tritium that is present on the dial and hands is in good condition (some markers present a darker tritium than others, for example at 8). The hands correct and original and still preserve all the white paint. The bezel, which usually is in pretty bad shape, is in really good condition without any nicks or scratches to it. The case has been polished and the bevels have been softened and some sharpness. The movement, a Valjoux 7733, is working as it should (good amplitude and good timekeeping).

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Description

Yema, the very well-known french brand, has manufactured some of the most iconic sports watches from all time. From the Yema Rallye (wore by famous race car driver Mario Andretti) to the Yachtingraf or to the Flygraf, they focused on every aspect of sports that they could find, no matter if it was for sea, sky or land.

Yema made seven different execution of the Yachtingraf.¬† This particular one, is the second execution, which featured the ‘Patent Pending’ dial and a Valjoux 7733 (or 7730). The second execution came with three different types of case backs, one made for the French regatta team, signed ‘Fournisseur Officiel de l’√©quipe de France de Vouile 1970’, other with the Yema logo on it, and a plain case back signed 100% waterproof 10 atmospheres; the watch offered has the latter.

It is estimated that between 100-200 units were made. So, although not very rare to find among all the Yema Yachtingrafs, in the grand scheme of things, it is a pretty rare watch.