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    Yema Navygraf

    This just in this morning, the oft overlooked younger companion of Superman. I don't know how this slipped under my radar for so long. The Superman came to my attention some time ago. During my Superman quest I stumbled upon it. Is "Navygraf" French for Jimmy Olsen?

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    39 mm x 12 mm, no date, $750. I like it. I assume the "in-house" movement is some proprietary 2824 clone?

    *EDIT: looks like the in-house movement is something from the parent brand and not an ETA clone. It's a little wider and has 45 hours of PR.
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    Re: Yema Navygraf

    Only issue is that it's not a no-date movement. I asked and they replied: "It is a date movement covered up by a no-date dial" Assuming it's 2824-based it would be easy to convert.

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    This is from their website describing the in-house movement. Doesn't say much but that they spent €3 million on its development. That doesn't sound like very much to me. It looks sort of ETA-ish, but they all do, lol. Your judgement is probably better than mine. It would have to be.
    My eye is continually drawn to the curved "Patent Pending" script, a very cool design cue, IMO.

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    I wasn't planning on spending any money today but this thread just cost me $700!

    I handled a Superman a few months back and was really impressed and had thought about ordering one but it was just about too close to some other watches in my collection and I never really bothered to check back in with Yema to see what else they offered. This Navygraf is pretty sweet looking though and I really like the specs and it's just unique enough that I am not really concerned with it overlapping my other watches. The no-date dial with a date ETA movement in there isn't really ideal but it's not a deal breaker.

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    Here's an article where someone takes the movement apart - it's in German but google translate gives a more or less usable approximation: https://watch-movements.eu/blog/en/2...mbre_mpb_1000/ (it definitely confirms that it is not an ETA clone though)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Semper Jeep View Post
    I wasn't planning on spending any money today but this thread just cost me $700!

    I handled a Superman a few months back and was really impressed and had thought about ordering one but it was just about too close to some other watches in my collection and I never really bothered to check back in with Yema to see what else they offered. This Navygraf is pretty sweet looking though and I really like the specs and it's just unique enough that I am not really concerned with it overlapping my other watches. The no-date dial with a date ETA movement in there isn't really ideal but it's not a deal breaker.
    I got sucked in while looking for a Superman. Didn't know this watch existed at the time. Why is a covered date an issue? Isn't that done frequently?
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    Re: Yema Navygraf

    Thanks. After I commented I looked at pictures and noticed the balance cock goes in the other direction plus the movement is wider, so it's something else entirely. Too bad they left the date in but I still like it.

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    Here's an article where someone takes the movement apart - it's in German but google translate gives a more or less usable approximation: https://watch-movements.eu/blog/en/2...mbre_mpb_1000/ (it definitely confirms that it is not an ETA clone though)
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    Re: Yema Navygraf

    I like it.

    But what’s the “patent pending” on the dial about? Kind of strange.


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    Re: Yema Navygraf

    Quote Originally Posted by ck2k01 View Post
    I like it.

    But what’s the “patent pending” on the dial about? Kind of strange.


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    Exactly! And it's written in a radial manner when nothing else is. Kind of strange. My eye goes right to it. It's something different and unique to a bygone time. "Patent Pending" used to be stamped, embossed or printed on every other item you picked up. You rarely see it now. Maybe there's a story, probably it's just a designer's whim. I find it a point of interest that adds to the charm.

    Edit update: Turns out it is faithful to the 1970 original model except the original had a date window. Maybe some were w/o dates, don't know. I do like that domed crystal on the original.
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