Mastering the Wristmaster

To be honest, the first tease photos published by Yema to promote the Kickstarter campaign for their newer Wristmaster were not very successful at convincing me to pitch in and back the campaign. I thought then that the case had strange proportions and that the bezel was making the dial too small and I could not understand what was going on with the indices.

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Original photo from the Kickstarter campaign.

But then other photos were published, and I started to get it. What I thought was a bezel was just an illusion created by light refracting from the rim of a very tall box crystal made of acrylic. The strange proportions were normal and natural for a case that lacking a bezel was flowing smoothly from the dial to the lugs and the puzzling indices became interesting once I understood there was a black accent on each of them. And then there was the dial of course. Cream colored, divided into quadrants with the word “Wristmaster” written in the same longhand style my teachers at school in France took so much time to instill in me back in the 60’s. I was sold on the cream dial Wrismaster even before the announcement about the companion book, which I freely admit was of no interest to me at the time.

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What I got was a cool retro looking watch that has a unique look despite sharing many design elements from watches made by Seiko during the 70’s and this is not surprising considering the history shared between Yema and Seiko. The solid case back has nicely executed heraldic engraving, similar to the one I first saw on their Superman. There is an argument to be made here for using a display  case instead of a solid one since the YEMA2000 is nicely decorated and the Wristmaster has only a modest 100WR. The acrylic crystal is not an issue at all. On the contrary, I love the clarity of acrylic and its plasticity that allows for forming bold shapes. Scratches are either easily polished away or avoided by applying 2-3 drops of liquid glass occasionally.

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I didn’t experience any delays in getting the watch and although the book was delayed and later saw its English version cancelled, I still consider this as one of the better Kickstarter campaigns I participated. There were also QC issues reported about the dial and the placement of indices and luminous dots, but as far as I can see my own Wristmaster is free of defects. So, it’s either “lucky me” or just the usual percentage of manufacturing defects blown out of proportions by social media. It's not to say that everything is perfect with my Wristmaster. The OEM strap was too stiff and too long for my preferences, but this is exactly why ColaReb created the Spoleto strap. YMMV of course. What’s less of a personal preference issue concern the YEMA2000 movement which is a pleasure to wind or set, with a very smooth and fluid action but it also exhibits a lot of drift and variances between positions. I own 3 YEMA2000 based watches and all of them are running fine face up but much too fast in 12 up position.

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I wasn't aware of this watch. Thank you for sharing, it's of a style that really appeals to me. I'll have to put it on my list of possible watches to get. 

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Vintage Yema has been on my list for a while and this pulls elements from many of their 1960's watches.  I am glad that you haven't had some of the issues that have put people off of Yema. It is a handsome watch.

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 Very cool vintage aesthetics. But that name sounds more like it should be someone's username on Watch Crunch 😂 

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IanCognito

 Very cool vintage aesthetics. But that name sounds more like it should be someone's username on Watch Crunch 😂 

It's actually the name of one of their vintage models, but I see what you are thinking and I approve of it.

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Thanks for such a well written review. Fantastic read at 06:25 Sunday morning. Congrats! 

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Glad you like the new watch. It looks great. I have a Yema 2000 movement and so far it’s kept +1.5 sec/day so far. Hoped you continue to have similar success. 

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This watch is so underrated imho.  Fell in love with it first site and wasn’t dissapointed when it finally arrived.  Enjoy and wear in good health.

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It's a good looking watch, I like it. I've read some real horror stories on some other forums, however, about service and warranty nightmares, that would keep me from buying one though. Maybe down the line I'll consider one if they can work the issues out. 

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Jklotz

It's a good looking watch, I like it. I've read some real horror stories on some other forums, however, about service and warranty nightmares, that would keep me from buying one though. Maybe down the line I'll consider one if they can work the issues out. 

I think that these horror stories needs to be viewed objectively and put in perspective.  I had to use Yema after sales service to repair a Superman and the whole "ordeal" took 3 weeks, including international shipping. That's not bad at all especially after hearing about some absurd waiting time for standard service and when you realize that the customer doesn't see anything out of the ordinary with waiting for months until he gets his watch back without giving a thought that in this time period the same company was able to produce hundreds of thousands of new watches from scratch.

Or stories about another renowned company whose service department managed to grind down to stubs the crown guards of a watch sent for service. And don't get me started about the cost of service of another reputable company from Japan that doesn't see anything weird about quoting a service price that is roughly 3/4 of the cost of a new watch.

So yeah, Yema service might suck but somehow other companies that provides a horrendous service experience manage to get away with it with barely a mention.

BTW my Superman broke because I dropped it in the bathroom and the communications with Yema were always professional, courteous and on time. I honestly had worse QC and service experiences from other companies that should have know better.

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Thanks for your review. I had my eye on those models at one point as well as the Traveller that came out with it. I really like the aesthetic. And the Wristmaster logo gets me every time (in a good way). I think it’s nostalgia for 

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roberto

Thanks for your review. I had my eye on those models at one point as well as the Traveller that came out with it. I really like the aesthetic. And the Wristmaster logo gets me every time (in a good way). I think it’s nostalgia for 

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Ha! Now that I see it, it can't be unseen!