Yema Rallye 9312 Mario Andretti

racing chrono - Valjoux 7730

Description
This 1960's Yema Rallye ref. 9312 is a distinctive racing chronograph worn by legendary racer Mario Andretti when he won the Indianapolis 500 in 1969.

In the 1960s, the watch manufacturer Yema, founded in 1948, presented some striking chronographs that were designed for extreme athletes. The Yachtinggraf, for example, was the official watch of the French sailing team during the 1972 Olympic Games. The first Rally Chronograph was presented in 1966: a racing chronograph with an impressive design and a robust Valjoux movement. In 1969, legendary racing driver Mario Andretti won the Indianapolis 500 and wore a Yema Rallye Chronograph on his wrist, which is why this model is now nicknamed "Andretti".

What makes the Yema chronograph so popular with watch collectors is its impressive dial design with a black and white base color. The connection to motorsport is shown with the two checkered flags in the center of the dial. The two red vertical stripes give the dial an additional sporty touch. The chronograph minute counter is at 3 o'clock and the small running seconds at 9. The two chronograph hands have a triangular tip. The black bezel shows a tachymeter scale. The watch is powered by the robust and reliable manual-wound Valjoux caliber 7730.

Today there is a new edition of the Yema Rallye Chronograph, which makes the rare original vintage version from the 1960s even more valuable and sought-after.

Condition report
Dial: excellent condition, original tritium lume tested under UV light, matching patina in the hour markers and hands.

Case: Stainless steel case in very good condition, intact shape of the lugs, visible engravings on the back including the serial number.

Bezel: black tachymeter bezel, except for the small scratch at 11 o'clock, the bezel is in excellent condition.

Movement: Valjoux 7730 in perfect condition, timegrapher +/-8 s/d.

Summing-up
When on the wrist, the Yema Rallye Chronograph creates a true motorsport feeling. Rarity, breathtaking look and great overall condition ensure a high collector's value of the offered example.

Serial number: 254xxx

Int.Exe.: 16416
Features

Manufacturer: Yema

Model: Rallye

Reference: 9312

Functions: chronograph - small running second - hour and minute - stopwatch - tachymeter - 30 minutes counter - screwed-on caseback

Material: Stainless steel

Dial: black/white

Watch glass: plexiglass

Bracelet: leather

Type of clasp: pin buckle

Diameter: 39mm

Caliber name: Valjoux 7730

Movement type: manual wound

Year of Manufacture: 1969

Overall condition: 8 - worn regularly - light signs of wear

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