SKU: YAA22-39-GMS

Superman FAF Search And Rescue Limited Edition

Sale price$ 1,199 USD

SIZE: 39mm
BRACELET: Stainless Steel

Reissue of the historic YEMA Superman reference 24.11.17, an iconic military diver's watch which equipped the French Air Force Aviation Rescue Swimmers in the early 1970s. Limited Edition of 1,000 numbered timepieces available to both the military and the general public.

ORIGINAL "U-SHAPED" HOUR MARKERS

The 1970s Superman reference 24.11.17 iconic blue dial came with two distinct applied hour markers: Rectangular-style baton indexes and "U-shaped" hour markers. This last singular hour markers shape makes this Superman dial definitively unique. It offers more perspective, slightly increased dial depth and when looked at sideways on an angle, thanks to the crystal's double dome curvature, gives the appearance that the hour markers are beautifully sloping downwards inside the watch case. A dot filled with Super-LumiNova BGW9 is printed on the center of the "U-shaped" hour markers.

ICONIC "SHOVEL" SECONDS HAND

The iconic chromed seconds hand with its head shaped like a shovel is the same used in certain Superman models from the 1970's.

COLLECTOR'S EDITION

The 316L Stainless Steel case-back proudly displays France's Air & Space Force logo. Each timepiece is engraved with a unique number from 0001 to 1000 for this Limited Edition.

A watch will be officially handed over to Captain Steve Slack as a recognition to his lifelong military career as an Aviation & Rescue Swimmer.

DOUBLE DOME SAPPHIRE CRYSTAL

The Superman AAE Search and Rescue features a high-quality double-domed sapphire crystal 2.60 mm thick, offering better readability, increased resistance and a resolute neo-vintage look.

1974

ONE OF THE FIRST FRENCH AIR FORCE SUPERMAN

In the early 1970s, the French Air Force called on YEMA to equip Aviation Rescue Swimmers who were part of Search And Rescue (SAR) crews. This was the very first collaboration between the French Air Force and YEMA and the starting point of a close relationship with the French armed forces.

The model chosen was the mythical Superman reference 24.11.17, renowned for its robustness and its 990 feet / 300 meters water resistance, all technical characteristics perfectly meeting the strict military specifications.

Since this first collaboration and almost 50 years later, many other Superman models were used by the French Air Force, making of the YEMA Superman a unique and versatile French military tool watch over the years.

* Captain Steve Slack's 1974 Superman reference 24.11.17 tool watch, which he still wears today.

“ I was one of the first Aviation Rescue Swimmers in the French Air Force and for fifty years I have worn my "Belle" on my wrist day and night, that's the name I gave to my YEMA Superman.For all these years she has been faithful to me through all the toughest rescue missions all around the world, in all weather conditions, she has never failed. It's a highly legible tool watch, but most importantly, robust, reliable and precise.Thank you for this beautiful, elegant and reliable timepiece which has proven essential during so many military missions. ”

Capitain Steve SLACK
Former French Air Force Aviation Rescue Swimmer

1974

ONE OF THE FIRST FRENCH AIR FORCE SUPERMAN

In the early 1970s, the French Air Force called on YEMA to equip Aviation Rescue Swimmers who were part of Search And Rescue (SAR) crews. This was the very first collaboration between the French Air Force and YEMA and the starting point of a close relationship with the French armed forces.

The model chosen was the mythical Superman reference 24.11.17, renowned for its robustness and its 990 feet / 300 meters water resistance, all technical characteristics perfectly meeting the strict military specifications.

Since this first collaboration and almost 50 years later, many other Superman models were used by the French Air Force, making of the YEMA Superman a unique and versatile French military tool watch over the years.

* Captain Steve Slack's 1974 Superman reference 24.11.17 tool watch, which he still wears today.

“ I was one of the first Aviation Rescue Swimmers in the French Air Force and for fifty years I have worn my "Belle" on my wrist day and night, that's the name I gave to my YEMA Superman.For all these years she has been faithful to me through all the toughest rescue missions all around the world, in all weather conditions, she has never failed. It's a highly legible tool watch, but most importantly, robust, reliable and precise.Thank you for this beautiful, elegant and reliable timepiece which has proven essential during so many military missions. ”

Capitain Steve SLACK
Former French Air Force Aviation Rescue Swimmer

SWISS CALIBER

SELLITA SW200-1

This Swiss movement is best known for its reliability. With 26 jewels, it beats at 28,800 A/h and offers a power reserve of 38 hours.

SAPPHIRE BEZEL AND ORIGINAL BEZEL-LOCK MECHANISM FRENCH AIR FORCE CROWN

Scratch-resistant sapphire crystal bezel, with black insert and matte white plating to mirror the glossy rendering of the bakelite resin bezel of the former Superman reference 24.11.17.

The Superman bezel lock at 3 o'clock has proven very useful for professional divers and has been found on all Superman models since 1963.

The French Air & Space Force insignia is stamped in the crown

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DIVER STEEL BRACELET

The 316L stainless steel bracelet comes with a double safety folding clasp with secure-lock and a diver's extension so it can be easily adjusted over a diving suit.

02

FKM VITON® RUBBER STRAP

Our new FKM VITON® RUBBER 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.

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MILITARY NATO STRAP

For sports use, we have designed a blue NATO strap that accentuates the military aspect of this Superman.

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DIVER STEEL BRACELET

The 316L stainless steel bracelet comes with a double safety folding clasp with secure-lock and a diver's extension so it can be easily adjusted over a diving suit.

02

FKM VITON® RUBBER STRAP

Our new FKM VITON® RUBBER 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.

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MILITARY NATO STRAP

For sports use, we have designed a blue NATO strap that accentuates the military aspect of this Superman.

SUPER-LUMINOVA

Bezel, dial and hands treated with Super-LumiNova to ensure increased readability.  The luminescent mark on the graduated bezel and the luminescent arrow-shaped hand provide rescue divers with an accurate indication of the dive time during poor visibility conditions at the greatest depths.

CALIBER

Sellita SW200-1

Automatic | 28 800 A/h | Complications: Hours, minutes, seconds, date

BEZEL

Scratch-resistant sapphire bezel. Unidirectional count-up bezel with a 0-60 scale with aluminium insert under sapphire ring. Super-LumiNova at 12 o'clock marker.

Bezel with lock mechanism at 3 o'clock

CASE & CRYSTAL

Material: 316L Stainless Steel Polished finish
Diameter: 39mm | 41mm
Thickness: 13.0mm | 13.2mm
Lugs: 19mm | 20mm
 
2.60 mm double domed sapphire crystal

DIAL & HANDS

Blue dial

Applied hour markers treated with Super-LumiNova

BAND

316L Stainless Steel with polished-brushed effect

Double safety folding clasp with diving extension and YEMA logo

CROWN

Screw-down crown. French Air Force logo engraved

WATER RESISTANCE

30 BAR / 300 m / 990 feet

Local Production

Over the past two years, YEMA has made significant investments aimed at insourcing a good part of its production and constantly improving the quality of its manufacturing processes by using new equipment as well as expanding and modernising its workshops and production lines

Franco-Swiss Region

In addition, the Franco-Swiss Jura region being increasingly integrated, YEMA now works with new local partners to secure a more responsible and higher quality production. Werthanor, a Swiss company located 15 km from our workshops, which works with the biggest watch brands, is one of our main suppliers.

Local Production

Over the past two years, YEMA has made significant investments aimed at insourcing a good part of its production and constantly improving the quality of its manufacturing processes by using new equipment as well as expanding and modernising its workshops and production lines

Franco-Swiss Region

In addition, the Franco-Swiss Jura region being increasingly integrated, YEMA now works with new local partners to secure a more responsible and higher quality production. Werthanor, a Swiss company located 15 km from our workshops, which works with the biggest watch brands, is one of our main suppliers.

YEMA's signature #TimeofHeroes dates from 1970. It reflects the history and values of the brand and what it stands for. It tells the adventures of remarkable sportsmen and explorers who have achieved the extraordinary under the most extreme conditions, with a YEMA watch on their wrists. Since the 1970s, YEMA equips the French Air Force with indestructible, high-precision timepieces.

"THE SPLASH SQUAD" AVIATION RESCUE SWIMMERS

In early 1950 in Indochina, medical evacuation missions in difficult areas became a major tactical need for the French Air Force. The first helicopter rescue operation was conducted by Captain Bourcier in Ha Long Bay (Vietnam) in 1955.

From the beginning of the 1960s, the French command decided to create dedicated Search And Rescue units at sea, who will be on alert 24 hours a day on national territory. Then in the early 1970s, France's Air Force Aviation Rescue Swimmers sub-specialty was created.

Aboard Caracal and Puma helicopters, Aviation Rescue Swimmers have become key players in Search And Rescue (SAR) missions through air-sea rescue operations in extreme conditions and hostile environments.

The Aviation Rescue Swimmers are nicknamed "THE SPLASH SQUAD", they are primarily dedicated to the rescue of Air Force pilots who are victims of a crash in the open sea. These elite divers represent the last resort for French pilots, they intervene when conventional means can no longer intervene on open seas, that's when "THE SPLASH SQUAD" takes off in helicopters.

Today, "THE SPLASH SQUAD" is a small elite unit of about fifty rescue divers located in 4 distinct military air bases strategically located in the 4 corners of the earth.

"THE SPLASH SQUAD" AVIATION RESCUE SWIMMERS

In early 1950 in Indochina, medical evacuation missions in difficult areas became a major tactical need for the French Air Force. The first helicopter rescue operation was conducted by Captain Bourcier in Ha Long Bay (Vietnam) in 1955.

From the beginning of the 1960s, the French command decided to create dedicated Search And Rescue units at sea, who will be on alert 24 hours a day on national territory. Then in the early 1970s, France's Air Force Aviation Rescue Swimmers sub-specialty was created.

Aboard Caracal and Puma helicopters, Aviation Rescue Swimmers have become key players in Search And Rescue (SAR) missions through air-sea rescue operations in extreme conditions and hostile environments.

The Aviation Rescue Swimmers are nicknamed "THE SPLASH SQUAD", they are primarily dedicated to the rescue of Air Force pilots who are victims of a crash in the open sea. These elite divers represent the last resort for French pilots, they intervene when conventional means can no longer intervene on open seas, that's when "THE SPLASH SQUAD" takes off in helicopters.

Today, "THE SPLASH SQUAD" is a small elite unit of about fifty rescue divers located in 4 distinct military air bases strategically located in the 4 corners of the earth.

HONOURING VETERANS

To thank all those military who honourably served in the French Air & Space Force, YEMA donates 12.5% of sales to the official French Veterans Foundation (FOSA).

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WELCOME TO A WORLD OF PRIVILEGES

With your first purchase you become a member of YEMA's loyalty program YEMA Privilege. Enjoy exclusive offers and discounts that increase in value as you move up the tiers, free shipping, 24/7 Customer Service and 2 Years International Warranty.

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FRENCH AIR & SPACE FORCE TRAVEL CASE

Each watch is delivered in a collector's travel case together with a 2 year International Warranty leather card

WELCOME TO A WORLD OF PRIVILEGES

With your first purchase you become a member of YEMA's loyalty program YEMA Privilege. Enjoy exclusive offers and discounts that increase in value as you move up the tiers, free shipping, 24/7 Customer Service and 2 Years International Warranty.

SEE ALL BENEFITS

FRENCH AIR & SPACE FORCE TRAVEL CASE

Each watch is delivered in a collector's travel case together with a 2 year International Warranty leather card