Nordgreen has successfully funded their kickstarter campaign exceeding their own expectations and did fairly well. They are a micro brand based out of Copenhagen, Denmark and are producing simple, clean, minimalist style quartz watches with some really nice strap options to choose from. Today we will discuss the Nordgreen Native model in a 40MM stainless steel case. They do offer other options and styles such as 36MM, and 38MM cases in this model. The watches are designed in Scandinavia and shipped from Copenhagen.
The 40MM case on the Native is comprised of 316L polished Stainless Steel coated in rose gold all around and is rather slim at an incredible 7.1MM. The overall case shape is round with short lugs protruding from the case. The lug width measures 20MM which is certainly fitting for these overall dimensions. The case was designed by Jakob Wagner, not that I know who that is but I am sure a simple google search would be suffice. Anyway, the case is clean with a decent mirror polish finish and I do not see any blemishes or anything of that sort. The caseback is fitted with a Pop-On style caseback which holds the Battery and Quartz movement that powers this 2 handed quartz timepiece. We also do get a pull/push crown with 30 Meters of water resistance, signed caseback with logo, and a signed crown. So far so good, let us get on to the Dial and aesthetic.
Stainless Steel Version on Left - Rose Gold Version Right*
This 40MM Native model has probably one of the simplest and cleanest dials you can have on a watch. We have two hands, one hour hand and one minute hand. There are also applied indices going around this circular white dial. Below the 12:00 is the Nordgreen logo which in all honesty looks really good and definitely exemplifies the style of watches they are making. The hour markers are applied as well and seem to be pretty neatly done with no error. Let us move on to the movement!
The Native is sporting a very simple, reliable, and practical Japanese Quartz 2 handed movement. These movements typically last around 2 years with their battery life, and gain around 5 seconds a month. Need I say more?
Smooth Black Leather Steel on Top Rose Gold Embossed Leather Bottom
I believe one of the strongest points of these watches are their genuine leather straps. They certainly do the wrist justice and are quite supple and do not require much of a break-in period I have found. I have experienced the straps similar brands such as Daniel Wellington use and these are certainly more comfortable and don't literally hurt the wrist right out of the box. They are also equipped with a stainless steel polished buckle and signed with the Nordgreen logo. Another note is the size of the buckle because some companies definitely throw on an oversized buckle which makes the watch hard to wear and often the buckle will stick out in a weird position when fitted on the wrist. But they did a great job with this minimalist size buckle and it does fit the 20MM ( tapers to 18MM ) strap great. Good Job Nordgreen! ( Steel Mesh also Available as well as other color leathers )
The pricing for this model is $200 USD , but I believe they are running a special 15% off if you check their website which would lower the price a bit more. Overall, this is rather lower than some of the other equivalent brands in this market. I think the price is fair and if you are a fashion/trendy man or simply want a watch that looks good, will work without hesitation, and does not break the bank, the Nordgreen could be an option to consider for yourself.