Our brand's iconic model since the 1960s, the new Superman 500 GMT retains its main scuba diving features while providing a 3-time GMT function for all globetrotters. Equipped with the in-house Caliber YEMA3000 and water-resistant to 500m for the first time, it benefits from a modernized construction and technical improvements
Pierre HEDAN, a 25-year-old French explorer and YEMA Ambassador, will wear a Superman 500 GMT during his next training and adventures before his big solo expedition to the South Pole next November.LEARN MORE
Pierre HEDAN, jeune explorateur français de 25 ans et Ambassadeur YEMA, portera une Superman 500 GMT lors de ses prochains entraînements et aventures avant sa grande expédition en solitaire au Pôle Sud en novembre prochain.EN SAVOIR PLUS
For almost 2 years, we have imagined and worked on an evolution of the Superman model. Our desire was to bring to this mythical model of our collection, technical improvements and a modernized construction while preserving its iconic design.
The bezel stopper, the centerpiece of the Superman, patented at the time by the brand, has been redesigned to ensure a better fit between the crown tube and the bezel stopper. The latter is therefore more stable.
To do this, we had to redesign all of the bezel and crown components. Additional bores at the bezel have been made allowing for optimized travel of the pawl spring and more precise alignment of the bezel insert.
The crown architecture has been completely reworked. The length of the tube between the crown and the bezel lock has been modified, giving it better notching and better stability. When winding and setting the time, in the unscrewed position, the crown provides a feeling of solidity and high quality.
Bi-directional 24-hour graduated bezel made of scratch-resistant sapphire crystal, offering a high-quality shiny appearance. Innovative treatment in highly qualitative Super-LumiNova Grade A. Designed for travelers, the GMT complication allows up to 3 different time zones to be read using the GMT hand and 24-click rotating bezel.
Beyond its GMT functions, the Superman model is above all intended for diving professionals, now benefiting from a water resistance of 500m and technical improvements allowing it to adjust the setting of the bezel, in the unscrewed crown position, on the surface of the water before immersion.
Main characteristic of a diver and in order to offer this new Superman with a water resistance of 50 bars or 500m, the bottom of the case goes from 1.5mm to 2.2mm thick. The historic YEMA coat of arms is stamped with a hydraulic press and is now treated by various microblasting processes for a better rendering in relief.
During the Antarctic summer period the sun is almost constantly in the sky, the days lengthen rapidly until the sun no longer sets, a phenomenon called the Midnight Sun.
During this perpetual sunshine, the 24-hour graduated GMT bezel makes it possible to distinguish day from night. The bezel is divided into two halves each with a distinct color, one corresponds to the daytime hours, the other to the nighttime hours.
Pendant la période d’été antarctique le soleil est presque constamment dans le ciel, les journées s’allongent rapidement jusqu’à ce que le soleil ne se couche plus, un phénomène qui s’appelle le Soleil de Minuit.
Lors de cet ensoleillement perpétuel, la lunette GMT graduée 24h permet de distinguer le jour de la nuit. La lunette est divisée en deux moitiés chacune avec une couleur distincte, l’une correspond aux heures diurnes, l’autre aux heures nocturnes.
Switching from Super-LumiNova Grade Standard to Grade A to ensure increased readability and make it easier to read the three time zones in any situation. The GMT bezel with its sapphire insert combined with Super-LumiNova required a particular and innovative design in order to provide day/night visibility even in the dark.
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 better seating in the case while preserving its 2.6mm in thickness and the beautiful magnifying effect when looking through it from an angle.
Passage de Super-LumiNova Grade Standard à Grade A pour assurer une lisibilité accrue. La lunette GMT avec son insert en saphir allié à du Super-LumiNova, a demandé une conception particulière et innovante afin d’offrir une visibilité jour/nuit même dans l’obscurité. Cette construction spécifique et minutieuse a notamment permis de dissocier réellement la lunette en 2 parties, comme en attestent les index de 6h et 18h.
Le repère luminescent sur la lunette graduée et l'aiguille luminescente en forme de flèche fournissent au plongeur une indication précise du temps de plongée en condition de mauvaise visibilité dans les plus grandes profondeurs. La graduation 24H luminescente sur la lunette et les aiguilles luminescentes, facilitent la lecture des trois fuseaux horaires en toute situation.
The GMT In-house Caliber YEMA3000 is powered by optimized components yielding slightly better performance than generic Standard Grade calibers (ETA, Sellita, Miyota), offering a Daily Rate of +/- 10 s/d and a 42h power reserve.
Primarily a time-measuring instrument for professionals and explorers called upon to travel the world, the Superman 500 GMT can also prove useful as a backup for navigational instruments.
To locate the cardinal points in the southern hemisphere, simply point the 12 o'clock index on the watch dial towards the sun, the north/south line is halfway between the 12 o'clock index and the hour hand.
New reissue of the iconic YEMA Scales bracelet from the 1960s in polished/brushed 316L steel, featuring a new double security buckle with a diver extension for easy and quick adjustment over a diving suit.DISCOVER
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.
Our 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.DISCOVER
For daily use, we designed a black leather strap that enhances the overall neo-vintage look of the Superman 500.
39 mm | 11,52 mm | 19 mm
41 mm | 11,52 mm | 20 mm
Vertical Brushed 316L stainless steel
Bidirectional bezel with sapphire insert (24 clicks), 24-hour GMT graduation
Markers and triangular marker at 12 o'clock (Super-LumiNova BGW9 Grade A)
White luminescent bezel in (Super-LumiNova BGW9 Grade A)
Screw-down crown with YEMA logo embossed
28 800 A/h
Hours, minutes, seconds and GMT timezones
Date at 3 o'clock
Super-LumiNova BGW9 Grade A
2.60 mm double domed sapphire crystal
50 BAR / 1650 feet / 500m
Light-weight fine steel with brushed effect
Diver's extension folding clasp with minted YEMA logo
316L stainless steel
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.
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.
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"Together, let's start this crazy adventure. For many this may seem impossible, not within their reach but makes people dream. We must be disruptive in our thoughts, abandon our old convictions, get out of our comfort zone to demonstrate that nothing is impossible if we give ourselves the means. Let's collaborate with local partners to carry out this adventure. Let's value teamwork and collective success so that everyone can derive personal growth from it. Let's all be winners through this project that is the Polheim Expedition. If we want a future with a more sustainable world, we need to dream and dare to change the codes."
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