YEMA has announced the launch of the Superman FAF Search and Rescue Limited Edition watch made in new collaboration with the French Air & Space Force.
This new limited edition watch is a 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. The YEMA Superman FAF Search and Rescue Limited Edition watch is available to both the military and general public.
Featuring a solid stainless steel case, the watch is available in two sizes: 39mm and 41mm. It is topped with a 2.60mm thick double domed sapphire crystal glass for a resolute vintage look. This YEMA Superman watch is water resistant up to 300 meters. The French Air & Space Force insignia is stamped on the crown.
It has a unidirectional diving bezel made of sapphire with black insert and matte white plating. The luminescent mark on the graduated bezel and the luminescent arrow-shaped hand are treated with Super-LumiNova®.
The unique Superman bezel-lock at 3 o’clock has proven very useful to professional divers and is found on all Superman models since 1963.
Made of 316L stainless steel, the case-back features France’s Air & Space Force logo. Each timepiece is engraved with a unique number from 0001 to 1000 for this limited edition.
The YEMA Superman FAF SAR is equipped with the 26-jewel, self-winding SW200-1 movement with a power reserve of 38 hours.
The watch comes with a blue dial featuring embossed U-shaped indexes inspired by the historical model of the early 1970s. Each of this shaped hour-markers features Super-LumiNova BGW9 filled dot on the center. The iconic seconds hand with its head shaped like a shovel is exactly the same used in other 1970’s Superman models.
The YEMA Superman FAF SAR watch is available with stainless steel bracelet, NATO wristband or rubber strap.
The YEMA Superman FAF Search and Rescue watch is available in limited edition of 1000 pieces. General public can pre-order from 20 July for delivery in September 2022.
About Yema X French Air & Space Force Collaboration
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.
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.
Model: YEMA Superman FAF Search and Rescue Limited Edition
316L stainless steel case with polished finish
Diameter: 39mm or 41mm
Thickness: 13mm for 39mm version and 13.2mm for 41mm version
Lug width: 19mm for 39mm version and 20mm for 41mm version
Scratch-resistant sapphire unidirectional count-up bezel with a 0-60 scale with aluminium insert under sapphire ring and Super-LumiNova at 12 o’clock marker
Bezel lock mechanism at 3 o’clock
Screw-down crown with French Air Force logo engraved
2.60 mm double domed sapphire crystal
Water resistance: 30 BAR / 300 m / 990 feet
Sellita SW200-1 Automatic
Frequency: 28, 800 A/h
Power reserve: 38 hours
Hours, minutes, seconds, date
Applied hour markers treated with Super-LumiNova
316L Stainless Steel with polished-brushed effect
Double safety folding clasp with diving extension and YEMA logo
With NATO strap: $1149
With stainless steel bracelet: $1249
With rubber FKM Viton strap: $1299