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Chronographs are useful little things, even in these days of digital timers and alarms. They’re imminently adaptable, useful in as many situations as we can think of. Anything from war—timing bomb strikes or troop movements—to automobile racing, or even sailing.
Though Heuer made Yacht Timers in the 1950s, these were just stopwatches worn on the wrist. The first regatta timer wristwatch wouldn’t be seen until Aquastar released theirs, the Regate, in the early 1960s. This watch used a modified Felsa 4000N automatic flyback chronograph movement to display a five-minute countdown in innovative discs on the dial.
Soon after, it seemed as though every brand—from Heuer (who actually partnered with Aquastar in 1965) to Breitling—released a regatta timer of their own.
Of the lot, Heuer Seafarers are perhaps the most desirable—and the most elusive and, therefore, expensive.
And while we love a good Breitling Yachting or Heuer Seafarer here at Analog/Shift, there’s something to be said for regatta timers from brands that are lesser-known.
This one was made by Yema. While the brand doesn’t have as long and as storied a history as Heuer or Breitling, having been established in the 1940s, Yema more than made up for lost time. The brand made a name for itself by manufacturing the first automatic chronometers made in France.
In 1967, Yema filed a patent—CH 483.047—for a “watch for Yachting and Underwater use.”
That watch would go on to become the Yema Yachtingraf, a watch that we simply cannot get enough of.
With long faceted lugs like the Heuer Carrera, the crowning glory of the Yema Yachtingraf is the oversized subdial at 3 o’clock. Subdivided in six sections—each denoting five minutes—in red, white, and blue (the Tricolor for its native France) the subdial was to be used to time the first thirty minutes of a race. This crucial time was when the boats—never at a standstill—jockeyed for position behind a buoy.
Replete with solid proportions and a stunning dial, this Yema Yachtingraf—powered by a Valjoux 7733—is the perfect sunny day companion for the collector who wants a chronograph that’s a touch quirky but undeniably cool.
Stainless steel case is approximately 38mm (excluding crown). Valjoux Calibre 7733 Manually-Wound Chronograph Movement.
Overall Condition: Case is in excellent condition overall with sharp lugs and only minor signs of wear. Dial is in excellent condition with crisp printing. Luminescent elements show signs of partial restoration. Correct unsigned crown. Case back shows some light signs of wear consistent with use.
Includes one 20mm black leather strap with white contrast stitching.
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We back each Analog/Shift vintage timepiece with a one-year mechanical warranty from the date of purchase.
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