A major evolution of YEMA's 1960s iconic model, the new Superman 500 is the worthy heir to its predecessors. Equipped with our In-house Caliber YEMA2000 and for the first time water resistant to 500m, this enhanced Superman benefits from a modernized architecture and substantial technical improvements that positions it as the ultimate French professional diver's watch.
For almost 2 years, we have worked on a substantial evolution of the Superman model, by bringing technical improvements and a modernized architecture to this legendary YEMA model, while preserving its iconic design.
The bezel-lock, the Superman’s centerpiece which design was patented a long-time ago, and the crown tube have been redesigned to ensure a smoother operation and that the bezel-lock stays securely in place.
The bezel and the crown have also been redesigned. New micro drilling in strategic areas of the case right under the bezel allows for optimized rotation of the bezel click spring and a more precise alignment of the bezel insert.
The winding crown's architecture has been completely reviewed. The crown tube and the winding stem have been modified to provide a smoother operation of the various pull-out crown positions and rotating directions when adjusting the caliber functions. When winding and setting the time of the Superman, the improved crown provides a feeling of stability and quality.
A new arrangement of the winding crown seals makes the Superman benefit from a 3 bars water resistance with the crown unscrewed. This enables bezel rotation on the water surface before starting a scuba diving descent, to ensure accurate dive times.
The new double domed sapphire crystal offers better readability, increased resistance and a resolute vintage look.
The crystal has been reduced by 0.3mm on its height and widened by 0.6mm on its outside diameter so as to provide a better seating in the case, while preserving its 2.6mm in thickness and the beautiful magnifying effect when looking through it from an angle.
The 316L stainless steel case back thickness has been increased from 1.5mm to 2.2mm so as to achieve a 50 ATM water resistance.
YEMA's historic crest, embossed with a hydraulic press, is now treated by various microblasting processes, which results in a more accurate and precise finishing.
The markers, hands and bezel are treated with Super-LumiNova BGW9 Grade A to ensure increased readability.
The bezel’s luminescent marker at 12 o’clock and the luminescent arrow-shaped minute hand provide scuba divers with an accurate indication of dive times in poor visibility conditions at the greatest depths.
The second-generation In-house Caliber YEMA2000 is powered by optimised components yielding slightly better performance than similar Standard Grade calibers, offering a Daily Rate of +/- 10 s/d and a power reserve of 42h. This YEMA2000 "No-Date" version has no date nor phantom date position on the crown.
Thanks to a new movement holder design, our In-house Caliber offers increased resistance to shocks and vibrations.
The date complication removal allows a sleek and harmonious dial design with perfectly symmetrical elements while enhancing readability.
Deep, mysterious and distinguished, the aluminum bezel and matte dial colors change from dark blue with a navy undertone to a blue-black metallic hue, depending on light exposure.
The 316 L Stainless Steel bracelet with secure lock comes with a divers extension so you can adjust it easily and quickly over a diving suit.
Specifically designed for the Superman 500, the new RUBBER FKM VITON® BAND has been engineered for intensive use in all extreme conditions thanks to its light, flexible and highly resistant VITON® material which also repels dust.
The elegant 316L Stainless Steel deployment buckle adds style and comfort.
For daily use, we designed a brown leather strap that enhances the overall neo-vintage look of the Superman 500.
39 mm | 13.4 mm | 19 mm
41 mm | 13.4 mm | 20 mm
316L Stainless Steel
Improved finishes, more qualitative rendering following a refined polishing work
Unidirectional rotating diving bezel with aluminum insert with 0-60 min graduation
Triangular marker at 12 o'clock (luminescent zero mark) treated with Super-LumiNova BGW9
Screw down crown with embossed YEMA logo
28 800 A/h
Hours, minutes, seconds
Mysterious blue dial with matte finish
White printed markers and polished stainless steel hands treated with Super-LumiNova BGW9 Grade A
2.60 mm double domed sapphire crystal
50 BAR / 500 m / 1640 feet
Thin and light Stainless Steel 316L with polished-brushed effect
Double safety folding clasp with diving extension and YEMA logo
The Franco-Swiss Jura region is dynamic and increasingly integrated. YEMA works now with new local suppliers for a more responsible and better quality production, like Werthanor, one of the last independent Swiss manufacturers and undisputed leader in high-end watch casings, located just 15 km away from YEMA’s workshops.
Nicolas Bailly, our Technical & Quality Manager, talks about the technical improvements of the new Superman 500.
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