Search and rescue watches like the Benrus Type II have a certain look – they’re sparse, spartan watches focused on utility and designed for rough weather and harsh conditions. Then you have the Yema Superman FAF which adds a bit of French panache to the whole thing.

The Superman FAF is Yema’s addition to the SAR canon and looks pretty nice. It has bright broad hands and glowing pips encircled by a clever rotating bezel and protected crown. The whole package is priced at $1,249 on steel – fairly reasonable, to be fair – and $1,149 on a nylon strap.

This particular watch is made in honor of the French Air & Space force and is a reissue of the YEMA Superman reference 24.11.17 that French Air Force rescue swimmers wore in the 1970s. The piece is offered as a limited edition of 1,000 pieces. One interesting point? “Pre-order will start from July 14 for the French military and from July 20 for the general public for delivery in September 2022,” they write.

The company will be donated some of the proceeds from the watch to the official French Veterans Foundation (FOSA), a solid move especially for a watch the has such a long association with the French military.

A good watch, a good cause, and a nice design. What more could you want? You can check out the selection here. Whatever you do, however, don’t wear your watch like this dude. Please.

By John Biggs

John lives in Brooklyn and has loved watches since he got his first Swatch Irony automatic in 1998. He is the editor of WristWatchReview.

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