French watchmaker Yema’s latest timepiece, the Flygraf Pilot, launches today and will be available for sale in early July.

Delivered in a 39 mm stainless steel Pilot’s case with the prominent crown guards, the timepiece has the Yema’s signature look, at a more affordable price than some of their recent releases.

Offered in two versions, the Flygraf Pilot M1 with a black matte dial and the Flygraf Pilot M2 in a gray matte dial, each version is available with either a black canvas textile strap or black vintage leather strap. The case has a vertical finish of the top of the fixed bezel, lugs, and crown guards — with polished details around the bezel edge, on the crown, and the caseback.

Yema Flygraf Pilot M2 wristshot

The dial features a vertically brushed surface with printed white Arabic numeral hour markers, a white open chapter ring, white printed inner 24-hour ring so military time can be quickly read via the main centrally-mounted white Sword-shaped hour, white baton-shaped minute hand, and white needle-shaped red-tipped second hand. And as you can see below, practically everything on the dial is luminescent — even the seconds hand and the airplane motif at 6.

Yema Flygraf Pilot M2 lumeshot

As the dial states the watches are made in “France.” Further, according to Yema the Flygraf Pilot is equipped with a French-made in-house movement caliber MBP1000.

Yema Flygraf Pilot M2 dial detail

The French-made 4Hz automatic caliber MBP1000 is 4.6 mm thick with 31 jewels and a 45-hour power reserve. The rotor is decorated with a striped decoration and winds the watch is both directions. Interestingly, both the mainplate and the bridges are embellished with a perlage finish, whereas traditionally the mainplate receives this treatment.

Yema Flygraf Pilot M1 wristshot

Nevertheless, the company’s workshop is based in Morteau, France, in a secluded valley in the Jura mountains just a few miles away from Switzerland’s La Chaux-de-Fonds.

Yema Flygraf Pilot M1 caseflank

Yema was the first French watch sent into space. The first French diving watch to achieve a 300 meters water-resistance rating, the first French watch on a North Pole pedestrian trek, and the official watch of France’s Air Force One pilots.

Yema Flygraf Pilot M1 caseback

The Yema Flygraf Pilot collection comes with a sapphire crystal, locking crown, solid screwed caseback, and has a water-resistance rating of 300 meters. Pierced lugs provide easy access to remove and change the strap.

Yema Flygraf Pilot M1 crown

Quite a bit cheaper than the Superman French Air Force Limited Edition, the Yema Flygraf Pilot M1 and M2 will retail for $690 on July 6, 2020.

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