On Spec: YEMA Superman 500 Dato

The YEMA Superman 500 Dato is a slick timepiece that pays homage to the iconic dive watches of the past while incorporating modern features and technology. With its vintage-inspired design, in-house movement, and impressive water resistance, the Superman 500 Dato is a standout choice for both diving enthusiasts and watch collectors alike.

YEMA Superman 500 Dato Watch Review


The Superman 500 Dato showcases a retro-inspired design, which has become synonymous with the brand and exudes a sense of timeless elegance. The robust stainless steel case, measuring 39mm in diameter (also available in 41mm), strikes a perfect balance between vintage proportions and contemporary wearability. The coin-edge bezel adds a touch of classic charm and enhances grip for easy manipulation. The largely polished finish of the case further adds to the overall sophisticated appeal of the watch.

YEMA Superman 500 Dato Watch Review

Equipped for the first time with the brand’s in-house YEMA2000 movement, the Superman 500 Dato delivers reliable and accurate timekeeping. The calibre features a date complication, indicated by a distinctive date window at the 3 o’clock position. This “Dato” function adds practicality and convenience to the watch, making it a versatile timepiece for daily wear—differentiating it somewhat from previous iterations of the Superman 500.

YEMA Superman 500 Dato Watch Review

True to its name, the Superman 500 Dato offers an impressive water resistance rating of 500 meters (1,650 feet), making it suitable for serious diving adventures. The watch features YEMA’s patented “Lock System” crown, which provides an extra layer of protection against water infiltration. It also maintains upgrades made to earlier references of the collection, including a crown tube redesign. The unidirectional rotating bezel, with clear and precise markings, allows for safe and accurate timing of dives, while an application of Super-LumiNova to the markers and hands ensures excellent legibility in low-light conditions.

YEMA Superman 500 Dato Watch Review

Brand aficionados will be familiar with the stainless steel bracelet, available on numerous Superman models, which features solid links and a secure fold-over clasp. It has a diver’s extension and four increments of micro-adjust. The watch also comes with an additional rubber strap, allowing for versatility in different wearing conditions, especially during diving activities. It is equipped with push button deployant clasp.

YEMA Superman 500 Dato Watch Review

The YEMA Superman 500 Dato successfully combines vintage aesthetics with modern performance. With its robust construction, reliable movement, impressive water resistance, and thoughtful design elements, the Superman 500 Dato offers a compelling package for watch enthusiasts and divers alike. Whether worn on land or underwater, this timepiece captures the spirit of adventure and delivers exceptional performance in a stylish package.

The watch, available in two new colourways (white or khaki), will launch on May 23rd and will retail for $1249USD. For more information, please visit the brand website.


About the author

Brent Robillard is a writer, educator, craftsman, and watch enthusiast. He is the author of four novels. You can follow him on Instagram.

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