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Yema is bringing those 70s calculator vibes


By this point, you should know what Yema is about. We’ve reviewed a number of their watches, and have written about others we’ve not gone hands-on with. They’ve not been shy about cherishing their heritage, and their latest release goes back to what they had in the 70s during the quartz crisis – the Yema LED.

Now, on one hand, the Yema LED looks similar to other LED-display watches of the era. Or even re-issues. For a while in the early 2000s, I had a Fossil take on it, and they all sort of work the same. You’ve got a pusher on the side that will light the display (those LEDs are power-hungry for a coin cell), and cycle through what it can display, while the second one is the settings.

So, that leaves the style of the Yema LED as the big differentiator. As opposed to some others, this is not a rounded off watch – it’s full of straight lines and sharp angles. Across the front, you’ve got the red mineral crystal (is it a Cylon? Only you will know). Around that, you’ve got the steel angling off and down to the lugs, where there’s a steel bracelet (color matched to be silver or gold, depending on the model you get).

So, who is the Yema LED for? On on hand, you might just be looking for a funky 70s era watch that’s affordable (this one is $249 for silver and $279 for gold tone) and a bit different than you might otherwise find. Or who knows, perhaps you had a watch like this back in the day and you want to walk down memory’s path. Or, maybe you need to break the habit of watching the clock, and the additional step of pushing a button to show the time will help you out. Either way, you can check out the details and order one (at a 10% discount until the end of the month) directly from yema.com

Tech Specs from Yema

  • Case
    • Diameter: 37.5mm
    • Thickness: 10.5mm
    • Lugs: 20mm
    • 316L Stainless steel, brushed/polished finishing
  • Pushers
    • 1) Display hours, minutes, seconds, date
    • 2) Settings
  • Crystal: mineral
  • Water Resistance: 100m
  • Movement: Proprietary LED-Quartz movement
  • Dial: red LED display; display lights when pressing button
  • Bracelet: brushed 316L stainless steel; adjustable sliding clasp

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