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Von Doren

RUNDE, 39 mm

This collection is named after the bird island of Runde outside of Ålesund, Norway. Runde has the most unique and varied population of seabirds in Scandinavia, and is also known as “Treasure Island” because of findings of gold found in the shipwreck of Akerendam, a Dutch ship that sank in 1725. This elegant collection has a distinguished classic look and is available in a range of colorways and case finishes. All dials feature a sunburst effect that changes appearance after the lighting conditions around you. Runde is our entry level model and a watch that will be noticed. Runde is powered by a Swiss Made Ronda 1069 quartz movement with 6 jewels. Providing unbeatable accuracy and reliability with a minimum of maintenance.

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  • Dimensions: 

   -  Diameter: 39 mm. 

   -  Thickness: 10.7 mm 

   -  Lug to lug: 46.5 mm

  • Case: Polished or brushed stainless steel

  • Caseback: Stainless steel

  • Crystal: Domed mineral crystal with 5 AR coating inside

  • Water resistance: 5 bar / 50m

  • Movement: Swiss Made Ronda 1069 quartz movement

  • Complications: 

  • Power reserve: 44 hours.

  • Strap: Leather og rubber strap

  • Lug width: 20mm

  • Lume: Swiss Super-LumiNova C1


On the 19th of January 1725 the Dutch merchant ship Akerendam set sail from Texel outside of Amsterdam with course to Batavia in Indonesia. The ship was loaded with trade goods and money to be traded for spices and other valuable goods in the far east. In total the ship had a crew of 200 and carried 19 chests with coins in gold and silver. To avoid pirates in the English Channel the crew decided to sail Akerendam north of Scotland, but the ship lost its course because of a terrible snow storm. On the morning of March 8th 1725 the people of Runde witnessed pieces of the wreckage floating in the waterfront. In the following days the inhabitants found remains of the wreckage and dead bodies scattered over large areas around the island. All 200 aboard perished. Almost 250 years later, on the 16th of July 1972, two Swedish and a Norwegian sport diver found some coins and one of the cannons from Akerendam in the bay south-east of Runde. Over the next three weeks they salvaged almost half a ton coins in gold and silver. The finders got 75% of the treasure, Norway got 15% and Holland received 10%. The Norwegian cut of the findings was split between Myntkabinettet in Oslo and Bergen Sjøfartsmuseum.

When I speak with brands around the world many are also influenced by forms found in nature. A great example is a Norwegian company Von Doren owned by the enigmatic Øyvind VonDoren Asbjørnsen.

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