Yema Yachtingraf

SKU AS02214
SKU AS02214

Why We Love it

Chronographs are useful little things, even in these days of digital timers and alarms. They’re imminently adaptable, useful in as many situations as we can think of. Anything from war—timing bomb strikes or troop movements—to automobile racing, or even sailing.

Though Heuer made Yacht Timers in the 1950s, these were just stopwatches worn on the wrist. The first regatta timer wristwatch wouldn’t be seen until Aquastar released theirs, the Regate, in the early 1960s. This watch used a modified Felsa 4000N automatic flyback chronograph movement to display a five-minute countdown in innovative discs on the dial. 

Soon after, it seemed as though every brand—from Heuer (who actually partnered with Aquastar in 1965) to Breitling—released a regatta timer of their own.

Of the lot, Heuer Seafarers are perhaps the most desirable—and the most elusive and, therefore, expensive.

And while we love a good Breitling Yachting or Heuer Seafarer here at Analog/Shift, there’s something to be said for regatta timers from brands that are lesser-known.

This one was made by Yema. While the brand doesn’t have as long and as storied a history as Heuer or Breitling, having been established in the 1940s, Yema more than made up for lost time. The brand made a name for itself by manufacturing the first automatic chronometers made in France.

In 1967, Yema filed a patent—CH 483.047—for a “watch for Yachting and Underwater use.”

That watch would go on to become the Yema Yachtingraf, a watch that we simply cannot get enough of.

With long faceted lugs like the Heuer Carrera, the crowning glory of the Yema Yachtingraf is the oversized subdial at 3 o’clock. Subdivided in six sections—each denoting five minutes—in red, white, and blue (the Tricolor for its native France) the subdial was to be used to time the first thirty minutes of a race. This crucial time was when the boats—never at a standstill—jockeyed for position behind a buoy.

Replete with solid proportions and a stunning dial, this Yema Yachtingraf—powered by a Valjoux 7733—is the perfect sunny day companion for the collector who wants a chronograph that’s a touch quirky but undeniably cool.

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Shipping & Returns


All of our watches include complementary insured shipping within the 50 states.

Most of our products are on hand and will ship directly from our headquarters in New York City. In some cases, watches will be shipped directly from one of our authorized partners.

We generally ship our products via FedEx, fully insured, within 5 business days of purchase. An adult signature is required for receipt of all packages for insurance purposes. Expedited shipping is available at an additional cost. We are also happy to hand deliver your purchase in Manhattan or you may pick it up at our showroom.

Returns must be sent overnight or by priority international delivery, fully insured and paid for by the customer. A restocking fee may apply. Watches must be returned in the same condition as initially shipped.

We welcome international buyers, please contact us prior to purchase for additional details on shipping and payment options.

Yema Yachtingraf

Yema Yachtingraf

Yema Yachtingraf


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