Inspired by the company’s first chronograph, from the 1960s, with a white-on-black (reverse Panda) bicompax layout dial, the Yema Speedgraf features a 39 mm diameter stainless steel chronograph has a distinctive retro look.
The stainless case measures 39 mm by 15.5 mm, with a 19 mm interlug width. The push-in crown measures 7 mm in diameter, and the domed sapphire crystal protrudes 2.6 mm. The solid caseback screws-in and embossed with the Yema crest.
A fully polished steel case is topped with a steel bezel, with ridged edges and a matte black aluminum insert. The graduations are the typical 0-60 countdown type seen on a dive watch however the bezel rotates bi-directional, not unidirectionally, like a dive watch. Water-resistance is 100 meters.
Applied to the matte black dial are applied polished steel square and rectangular-shaped indices, except at 3 and 9 where the overlapping counters prevent indices from being installed there. The hands match the indices with thick straight baton-shaped lines. A steel baton-shaped central seconds hand, with a red-tip, indicates chronograph seconds. Interestingly the counter at 9 o’clock, with a short black arrow-tipped hand indicates the chronograph minutes, and the counter at 3 o’clock indicates running seconds. It’s often the other way around for bicompax chronographs.
Driving the hours, minutes, small seconds, and the 30-minute chronograph is a Japanese sourced automatic Seiko caliber NE 86 with that beats at 4Hz, has 34 jewels, and a 45-hour power reserve.
The watch was designed and is assembled in Morteau, France, in the Jura mountains, located just a few miles from La Chaux-de-Fonds, in Neuchâtel
The Speedgraf comes with a black aged perforated leather Rally strap. The first 300 pieces are numbered, pre-orders begin Friday, September 19, 2019, and the first 100 Speedgrafs start shipping in December 2019.
Retail is $1,499.