YEMA's New Superman Heritage 63 Is The Accessibly Priced Summer Diver You Didn't Know You Needed Until Now
French brand YEMA has been on a heritage roll as of late. Their new Superman Heritage 63 is no exception.
The last time you experienced YEMA on Watchonista was last summer when we sat down with the legendary Mario Andretti (read HERE). While the topic on our minds that day was motorsports, today we're diving a new re-issue in YEMA’s diving collection.
Introducing The YEMA Superman Heritage 63
To understand how we arrived here, we have to look back to 1963. Recreational diving was becoming en vogue, and watch brands from Rolex to Blancpain to YEMA were hard at work, trying to best each other's depth records.
The result was the Superman, the first professional-grade dive watch capable of reaching 300m (985 feet) of water resistance. YEMA’s original Superman was packed full of innovations which have become standard issue on modern dive watches. From a screw-down crown to YEMA's proprietary 'bezel-lock' system, which adds a triple layer of protection while enduring the deepest of dives.
YEMA’s new Superman Heritage 63 is a limited-edition re-issue of the original Superman. Available in 39mm and 41mm, with identical design elements regardless of size. This professional-grade, yet accessibly priced diver is well executed and may prove to be one of this summer’s “must-have” timepieces.
Encased in 316L stainless steel with a vintage-inspired double domed sapphire, which ensures readability at even the deepest depths—powered by a Sellita SW200-1 caliber, beating a 28,800 vph with a power reserve of 38 hours. Replacing the original Bakelite bezel is a sapphire count-up bezel with a black aluminum insert. Like all other Superman models, holding everything together is the bezel-lock system found on the crown at 3 o'clock.
The dial, hands, and bezel PIP are all treated with Super-Luminova, which shines bright after exposure to sunlight. I found the lume very readable to a delightful shade of green. Overall, I quite enjoyed going hands-on with this piece. The folks at YEMA are sure on a roll lately with accessibly priced re-issues.
The YEMA Superman Heritage 63 is a well-designed re-issue with plenty of vintage touches that lend further credibility to the newly revitalized YEMA brand. Small touches like the incorporation of the 1970s style "shovel" seconds hand with little red accents give the Superman Heritage 63 plenty of small details for the wearer to admire.
The Superman Heritage 63 that Watchonista was provided for review came fitted to a black leather strap that turned soft and supple after a few days of break-in. Vintage-inspired stitching completed the look. The Superman Heritage 63 is also available on a stainless-steel divers-style bracelet with diver's extension. YEMA also offers a tropic rubber strap to complete the 1960s diver look.
Now available for pre-order, the YEMA Superman Heritage 63 is limited to 1,000 pieces in 39mm and 1,000 41mm pieces. Pricing starts at $1,049 on leather/tropic strap and $1,199 on a stainless steel bracelet. You can learn more at YEMA’s website.
(Photography by Liam O'Donnell)