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VON DOREN RUNDE

Von Doren Runde is named after the bird island Runde, located Out in the rough sea outside Ålesund, Norway. No other island in Scandinavia has a more unique and varied population of seabirds.


Runde is also known as “Treasure Island” because of findings of gold found in the shipwreck of Akerendam, a Dutch ship that sunk in 1725.

Glass:
Double domed mineral glass
It has has superb reflective properties, strength, and clarity.

Case:
The case is stainless steel 316L, measures 39mm in diameter. Lugs is 20mm

Crown and buckle:
Crown and buckle in stainless steel. Engraved with the Von Doren logo.

Back case:
The back case is decorated as the Gold Ducats from the Runde treasure.

The story of the Runde treasure 

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 it 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.

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