You know me –
if Yema introduces a brand new mannequin, I’m going to need to speak about it (and certain angle for a loaner to assessment). Over the final yr or so, I’ve actually turn into enamored with what the model is producing, and their newest – the Yema PearlDiver – isn’t any exception.
The Yema PearlDiver began off as a watch impressed by their Navygraf II of the Nineteen Seventies. Then, through their collaborative platform, followers had been capable of counsel modifications to the watch. What got here out? Well, frankly, it appears to me like what we’d get if Steve Laughlin (of Raven Watches) redesigned the watch – and that’s an excellent factor.
To my eyes,
the Yema PearlDiver has a really recognizable case profile – a bit smaller right here at 38mm (a really good dimension for many wrists) whereas nonetheless giving it some dive watch “heft” with a 14mm thickness – the higher to suit the motion (extra on that in a second). The dial may be very recognizable as a diver, with the triangles and circles, carried out up right here in black and cream.
The bezel of the Yema PearlDiver additionally retains that old-school diver really feel going, because it’s an aluminum insert. What I like right here is that the compass factors are blocks – and never simply one other set of traces. It offers us one other little bit of geometry on the watch, and mixes issues up only a bit (disgrace there’s no lume pip on the triangle there, although).
So, for that motion – the Yema PearlDiver
is the secondwatch that we’ve seen get their new in-house YEMA2000 calibre (the primary being the Superman Bronze we reviewed right here). I believe it’s nice to see manufacturers begin to personal extra of what they’re producing, so I like seeing the motion pop up extra – simply as long as it doesn’t mechanically require a watch to be despatched again to France for upkeep.
Speaking of that Superman Bronze, the Yema PearlDiver has the identical handset right here as nicely. A bit completely different from what we’d usually see on a dive watch, however you do have that broad arrow making it clear the place your minutes are. On one hand I like that they’re completed in black (with the tan lume), but it surely additionally – visually – makes the hour hand really feel a bit undersized because of it’s obvious stubbiness. If that’s the end right here, maybe some “maxi” fingers are so as.
Last, however not least,
let’s speak in regards to the bracelet of the Yema PearlDiver. Here, we’ve received a form of geometric woven look (unsure if you wish to name it a 3-link or 5-link) that once more mixes up a primary design, and echoes the squares on the bezel. I believe it’s a stable search for a metal sports activities watch – although a part of me want to see these squares with a little bit of polish (both full polish or polished bevels) to get only a little bit of flash in there. But that’s me.
So, sure, from what I can see, there’s quite a bit to love in regards to the Yema PearlDiver. There are some things that would perhaps be tweaked in future iterations (or, the bracelet sprucing, an proprietor might strive themselves), however frankly, at $XXX, it’s well-sorted. You can head on over to Yema and get your pre-order in; when you accomplish that earlier than the twenty fifth you’ll get a free tropic strap (and free transport) thrown in as nicely. For us, we’ll see if we are able to’t get a loaner in to point out you the way the watch is within the metal. yema.com
Tech Specs from Yema PearlDiver
- Diameter: 38 mm
- Thickness: 14 mm
- Lug : 20 mm
- CASE: Brushed 316L chrome steel
- BEZEL: Aluminum rotating bezel with black insert
- CROWN: Screw-down crown, classic Y YEMA emblem engraved
- Hesalite superdome crystal
- 3.50 mm thickness
WATER RESISTANCE: 20 BAR / 660 Feet / 200 m
- DIAL: Matt black dial / Creamy printed markers / Super-Luminova C3
- FINISHING: Brushed chrome steel divers bracelet
- MATERIAL: 316L Stainless Steel
- BUCKLE: Diver extension folding clasp with secure-lock and minted Yema classic emblem
- YEMA2000 In-house Caliber
- Self winding with ball bearings rotor
- 29 Rubies
- 28 800 A/h
- MOVEMENT: Automatic
- FUNCTIONS: Hours, minutes, seconds
- Daily Rate +/- 10 seconds per day
- Maximum Rate +/- 25 seconds per day
- Adjustments and checks made earlier than and after meeting by our watchmakers
- POWER RESERVE: 42 Hours