Today French watchmaker Yema unveiled two automatic Navygraf timepieces made in collaboration with the French Navy.
The Yema Navygraf Marine Nationale and Navygraf Marine Nationale GMT Limited Edition — emblazoned with the official Marine Nationale anchor logo prominently on the dial at 6 o’clock.
Both watches measure 39 mm in diameter, while the GMT is 15.35 mm in thickness, and the standard automatic is 15 mm in height. Each is 300 meters water-resistant, with a locking crown, screw-in caseback, and domed sapphire crystal.
The French Navy blue color scheme is similar to Tudor’s Black Bay Fifty-Eight Navy Blue. Tudor worked with the Marine Nationale historically, and so the more official connection is between Tudor and the French Navy, although this is a good alternative if you like the association and color scheme, for a fraction of the price.
And while the testing and quality will likely not be as high as something coming from Rolex’s sibling Tudor, Yema does in fact equip both the standard automatic and the GMT automatic, with in-house calibers, made in France.
Each of the Marine National automatics is delivered with a stainless steel bracelet and the Marine Nationale parachute single-pass official strap.
Retail is $790 for the Navygraf Marine Nationale and $1,049 for the Navygraf Marine Nationale GMT Limited Edition.