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YEMA Yachtingraf Croisiere Rare 3 Reg Dial Chronograph Vintage 1969 Valjoux 7736

£4,150.00Price
Vintage 1969 
 
YEMA 
Yachtingraf Croisière
"Big Eye" 
Valjoux 7736 
 
A Rare 3 Dial, Yachtingraf. 
 
A Classic Vintage Chronograph and an absolute epitome of the vintage "Tool Watch" era of the 60s.  
 
 
ALL Original Condition UNPOLISHED
 
Fully Serviced  2019
  • Full Spec

    Vintage 1969 
     
    YEMA 
    Yachtingraf Croisière
    "Big Eye" 
    Valjoux 7736 
     
    A Rare 3 Dial, Yachtingraf. 
     
    A Classic Vintage Chronograph and an absolute epitome of the vintage "Tool Watch" era of the 60s.  
     
     
    ALL Original Condition UNPOLISHED
     
    Fully Serviced  2019
     
     
     
    HISTORY & ABOUT
    Yema is a relatively young brand, founded in France in 1948, but they quickly because extremely popular in their home country and are credited with creating the first automatic chronometers entirely manufactured in France. In 1966, Yema patented a new watch for underwater and yachting use- the Yachtingraf. With a with a 38mm steel case rated to 10ATM, the Yachtingraf occupied a unique place in the market, and quickly caught on with European sailing enthusiasts.  
     
    In 1969 Yema came out with the Croisiere model that featured an additional register at six o’clock that tracked hours and featured a red cross in the center that added extra functionality by tracking the next 12 hours in three hour intervals, meaning it had a full 24-hour display. The model name “Croisiere” is French for “cruising speed,” a fitting name for a watch intended for maritime use. The defining characteristic of these Yachtingraf models is the red, white and blue “regatta start” minutes counter at three o’clock. This counter is divided up into five-minute segments and allows the wearer to count down from 15 minutes, a period of significance in yacht racing as boat captains are required to navigate their vessels to the starting line 15 minutes before the regatta begins. This counter is also in the big-eye style, giving the dial an interesting and asymmetrical appearance.   
     
     
     
     
    The Case 
    Simply a classic all steel case of the tool watch era, large at 39mm in diameter excluding crown & pusher 42.5mm inclusive, 48mm lug tip to lug tip with 20mm lug spacings,
     
    The screw down case back and "pump" style pushers gave these chrono-skin divers their excellent protection from the elements and set them apart from other chronographs of the era. 
     
    Original Pushers and XL type "easy grip" crown. 
     
    The Bezel 
    A Bi-Directional 60min rotating bezel in black to edge gives the watch an "all dial" apearence that has a demanding presence on the wrist .
     
     
     
    The Dial
    "Big Eye" Style yachting chronograph, what sets the Croisiere apart from other Yachtingraf's is the addition of the 3rd chrono counter, seldom seen on the Yachtigraph model. 
     
    Classically styled Tool Watch dial, high contrast white text on black with bright steel tritium inset indexes. 
     
    The addition of the Funky coloration of the yachting timer however defines this watch from its counterparts . 
     
    The Band 
    Genuine leather vintage perforated rally type strap inkeeping with the watches age and style. 
    A Period French made strap. 
     
     
     
    The Movement 
    Valjoux 7736 
     
    This particular model is the Yachtingraf Croisière dates to approximately 1969 and is powered by the robust Valjoux 7736 manually-winding movement.  The particular draw of these models was the inclusion of a 12-hour counter at 6:00 with a unique 'cross'-style sub-dial that increases the computing power - an excellent (and rare!) addition to a Yachtingraf.   
     
    Features
    manual-wind chronograph, 60s, 30min, 12h, cam switched
    sub second
    17 jewels
    f = 18000 A/h
    power reserve 45h
     
    As always specs courtesy of Dr Ranfft