Our regular readers are already familiar with Valhalla of Norway, a Norwegian watch brand based on the principle of bringing quality watches at highly competitive prices. As a source of inspiration for their latest collection “ORM”, is the Norse mythology. Norse mythology is a compilation of tales about various gods, different beings and heroes who come from numerous sources, before and after the Pagan period. Norse mythology also consists medieval manuscripts, archaeological representations and folk traditions.
Valhalla of Norway was established back in 2012 in Fredrikstad, Norway and since then they produced some unique watch collections, Valhalla, Baugi, Andrimne and Balder just to name a few which can be found on their website.
As a huge fan of the mechanical world of watches, I was quite excited when I first saw their Kickstarter campaign about their new ORM collection and now that I’m developing this review, I know for sure that my personal expectations are quite high. Keep in mind that their Kickstarter campaign has already been fully funded and they still have 12 days to go (as of today 14/10/2017). There are many brands out there that are inspired by mythological creatures and Gods but their prices are not even close to what an ORM will cost you.
Before we see the review let’s have a quick overview of the technical specifications of the model we are reviewing:
Name: Valhalla of Norway ORM
Case: 316L stainless steel
Diameter: 44 mm
Water resistance: 10ATM
Back: Engraved Case Back
Crown: Engraved Crown
Glass: Sapphire Crystal anti-reflective coating
Movement: 21 jewels, Miyota 8215 automatic, 40 hours of power reserve
Strap: Hand-made leather strap
Kickstarter Price: $380 (Includes free shipping worldwide)
Post Kickstarter Price: $500 (Will Include free shipping worldwide)
Packaging: The ORM comes in a custom made wooden box which includes a warranty card with the serial number and a certification of authenticity.
All ORM watches feature a custom engraved bezel which proudly showcases their second area of inspiration from Norse Mythology; “midgardsormen which means huge monster. This huge monster also known as the Midgard Serpent or World Serpent is a sea serpent and is also known to be the middle child of the giantess Angrboda and Loki. That bezel requires extreme craftsmanship and precision to craft. The hands are inspired by Mjolnir which is known to be the hammer of Thor, the God of Thunder (we all know who Thor is but let’s explain). Mjolnir is one of the most fearsome and powerful weapons ever existed and is capable of leveling mountains.
The 44mm, stainless steel case in polished finish offers an elegant look but its dimensions are not for everyone. To be honest 44mm is quite alright for my wrists but there are some people who has a max of 42mm when it comes to watches. On the front, the ORM wristwatch is fully protected with a scratch resistant, kind of domed sapphire crystal that sports AR coating as well. Turning back, you can discover the screw down stainless steel caseback that showcases the Norwegian Flag. Furthermore, the water resistance of the case is 10 ATM or 100 Meters which makes it suitable for a shower or a small dive.
The ORM is a watch that you either hate or love. Here at Gear Greed we loved it. It was an honor writing about a brand that goes above and beyond in delivering such a true beauty in their watches. Their pricing is well thought out and we can’t wait to see what they develop next. The pricing start at $380 for the early birds and you can order it directly from https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/255884771/valhalla-of-norway-orm-automatic-watch
If you like this uniquely looking timepiece just go for it. Their ORM collection is a special limited edition series with a worldwide production of only 25 pieces.