14 Best Danish Watch Brands – Our Review of Scandinavian Brands

Denmark is a country famous for many things. For example, their scientific research led to the discovery of revolutionary inventions, like the current version of Google Maps as well as
insulin. They are also famous for LEGOS! However, many people are not aware that the Danish are good at making high-quality wristwatches as well.

Humans have been designing watches since the 16th century. Over the years, watches have evolved from sundials to compact wristwatches that can fit in your pocket easily, and Denmark is one of the pioneers of modern wristwatch design.

Wristwatches made in Denmark give fierce competition to the Western and Swiss wristwatch companies. Danish design is known to be stylish yet simple. Here are some good Danish watch manufacturers who are known for their excellent luxury wristwatches.

Nordgreen Watches

This Danish watch company makes wristwatches for both men and women, and they offer their customers a wide variety. Jakob Wagner started Nordgreen in 2017 using a crowdfunding platform called Kickstarter. In addition to being a famous wristwatch brand, Nordgreen is a very generous company that gives part of its profits to multiple charities.

Nordgreen creates beautiful scandinavian design watches. I got sent the Philosopher and it is great quality and a perfect fit for my wrist.
Carl Eliason
Editor, Crow Watches
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Philosopher - Brown Leather
  • 4 Different Models
  • Designed in Denmark
  • Great Quality
  • Founded in 2017
  • Designed by Jakob Wagner
  • Sustainable Company

Urban Jürgensen

Urban Jürgensen is perhaps one of the oldest watch companies on Earth at almost 250 years old! It was founded in 1773 in Copenhagen by Urban Jürgensen himself. After his demise, the company sat in non-Danish hands for a couple of hundred years before being repurchased by Dane investors back in 2014, making it a genuine Danish brand once again!
Urban Jürgensen was one of the first watch makers in Denmark and has since 1781 created pocket watches.
Carl Eliason
Editor, Crow Watches
Urban Jürgensen 5241
Urban Jürgensen 5241
  • Automatic Watches
  • Originally Pocket Watches
  • Royal Design
  • Founded in Denmark in 1781
  • Designed by Urban Jürgensen
  • High-end Luxury Brand

Ole Mathiesen

This luxury wristwatch company originated in the 19th century. Ole Mathiesen has been making timeless watch pieces for three generations. Their most high-end model costs thousands of dollars, as they come with sapphire crystals and premium-quality leather straps. Ole Mathiesen also makes jewelry under the same name. They are Denmark’s most expensive wristwatch brand.
Ole Mathiesen is a high-end watch brand that creates watches to the royal family. Handmade since 1962.
Carl Eliason
Editor, Crow Watches
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Ole Mathiesen OM2.33.Q-B
  • Danish Handmade Watches
  • High-end watch brand
  • Danish Royal Watches
  • Designed since 1962
  • Good Quality Watches
  • Prices starts at $2500

Bering

The story behind Bering watches is fascinating. Rene Kaerskov, an adventurer who formed Bering Time Inc., was visiting the North Pole in 2008. He was so mesmerized by the experience that he decided to design an analog watch that could combine the coolness of the Arctic with the simplicity of Danish design. He decided to take the help of Michael Witt Johansen and Lars Gram to come up with such a timepiece. Bering uses alot of materials like titanium, ceramics, surgical steel, and sapphire crystals to make their watches tough and cool-looking, like the frozen landscape of the Arctic.
Bering creates minimalist design watches but in my opinion more american than danish design.
Carl Eliason
Editor, Crow Watches
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Classic 14531-307
  • Minimalist Danish Design
  • Affordable prices from $100
  • Quartz Watches Only
  • Founded in 2008
  • Named after Vitus Bering
  • Based in USA

About Vintage

About Vintage makes very sleek and elegant analog watches, which cost anywhere between $250 and $1,000. Their signature look includes leather straps or stainless steel mesh straps. This company started in 2014 in Frederiksberg, Denmark, and is now one of the leading automatic wristwatch manufacturers in the world.
About Vintage is a new watch brand for me, but I fell in low with the watch from the second I opened the package.
Carl Eliason
Editor, Crow Watches
about vintage
1844 Chronograph Steel/White
  • Scandinavian Design
  • Only Limited Editions
  • From $250-$1000
  • Founded in 2014
  • Automatic & Quartz Watches
  • Sustainable Company

Arne Jacobsen

Watches under the Arne Jacobsen brand started manufacturing in the early ’70s. Arne Jacobsen was a legendary architect who passed away in 1971. Arne Jacobsen watches were inspired by one of the many clock designs Jacobsen had made for his buildings. The watches made by this brand are simple, elegant, and innovative. Arne Jacobson’s legacy is kept alive by the company to this day.
Arne Jacobsen creates great danish watches. Too simply for my taste, but it's good quality danish design.
Carl Eliason
Editor, Crow Watches
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City Hall RD-53202
  • Danish Design by Arne Jacobsen
  • For men & women
  • Quartz Watches
  • Founded in 1971
  • Owned by Copenhagen Watch Group
  • Available worldwide

Georg Jensen

Georg Jensen is a famous silverware company based in Copenhagen that started way back in 1904. The company was already renowned for its silver cutlery and housewares before they started designing and manufacturing luxury watches. In 1969, the first bangle watch for women under the Jensen brand launched. They later began selling wristwatches for men as well. Georg Jensen is one of the best wristwatch companies in Denmark.
Georg Jensen sells great danish design watches but at a higher price than other brands on this list.
Carl Eliason
Editor, Crow Watches
Georg Jensen Koppel
KOPPEL - Chronograph
  • Famous Danish Design
  • Creates more than watches
  • Quartz Watches
  • Founded in 1904
  • First watch in 1969
  • Based in Denmark

Bulbul

Bulbul started business in 2013 under designer and founder Jacob Juul. Bulbul watches consist of top-quality German steel, the leather comes from Italy, but all the designing and brainstorming comes from Juul in Denmark. The first watch they launched was called Pebble, which was a huge success. Bulbul watches are known for their asymmetrical shape, unorthodox design, and durability.
Bulbul is a very unique danish watch brand with, let's just say it, very minimalistic design. One of their top-sellers are the pebble watch.
Carl Eliason
Editor, Crow Watches
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Pebble Watch
  • Contemporary Timekeeping
  • Danish Watch Brand
  • Quartz Watches
  • Danish Design
  • First watch in 2013
  • Based in Copenhagen

Leikr

Leikr is also a Kickstarter-funded company that launched in 2013 in Glostrup, Denmark. Leikr watches are not your regular analog watches with ceramic and sapphire. They are GPS sport watches specially designed for adventurers and thrill-seekers.
Leikr is a kickstarter funded company from 2013 that creates SmartWatches for soccer and other sports.
Carl Eliason
Editor, Crow Watches
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Leikr SmartWatch
  • Danish Sport Watches
  • Special Designed Soccer Watches
  • Smartwatches
  • Kickstarter founded in 2013
  • Ceramic & Sapphire
  • Based in Glostrup, Denmark

Nexo Denmark

The husband and wife duo of Martin and Marie Heidemand own Nexo Denmark. They took inspiration for this company while they were on vacation on the island of Bornholm. The vibrant colors they saw on the island inspired the Heidemands to come up with great ideas for wristwatch designs. Nexo Denmark is widely famous for its colorful and charming products.
Nexo Denmark is a very small brand from Bornholm, Denmark. Founded in 2012 and creates very cheap and affordable watches.
Carl Eliason
Editor, Crow Watches
Minna Black 2552L
Minna Black 2552L
  • Danish Design from Bornholm
  • Similar to Citizen & Seiko Watches
  • Specific watches for kids
  • Founded in 2012
  • Cheap Watches
  • Based in Nexø Bornholm, Denmark

Vejrhøj

This is a Danish watch brand that is not afraid to take risks. Vejrhøj makes interesting timepieces, using the combination of wood and stainless steel. They use zebra skin and oakwood for their straps and other parts of the watch. A Kickstarter-funded venture, the Vejrhøj is now a commercially successful company.
Vejrhøj is famous for their wooden watches. Founded in 2014 by Janus Aarup to create a nordic watch brand based on his passion.
Carl Eliason
Editor, Crow Watches
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The ROSE - mesh
  • Danish Design Watches
  • Nordic Minimalism
  • Wood & Steel Watches
  • Founded in 2014
  • Famous for wooden watches
  • Affordable Watches

Obaku Denmark

This watch brand is so famous around the world that it has permanent stores in 67 countries! Their watches are affordable yet luxurious at the same time, which is why they price them at $100-$250. The company takes inspiration from the Obaku Zen philosophy, which originated in 15th-century Japan. The Dane founders were firm believers of the Asian philosophy and wanted to incorporate those beliefs into their business.
Obaku Denmark is founded by Christian Mikkelsen and Lau Liengård Ruge and are named after Mount Obaku.
Carl Eliason
Editor, Crow Watches
LIND - ROSE
LIND - ROSE
  • Danish Founded Company
  • Minimalist Designer Watches
  • Wood & Steel Watches
  • Unknown Founded Date
  • Designed by Christian Mikkelsen
  • Named after Mount Obaku

Larsen & Eriksen

This company was
founded in 2016 by childhood friends of the same name. Larsen and Eriksen left
their jobs to pursue their dream of having their own wristwatch company.
Artists of the 1950s inspire their watches’ clean and minimalistic watch designs.
They combine the best of that era with the current technology and manufacture
excellent timepieces.

Larsen & Eriksen is founded by two brothers. They are creating great minimalist danish design watches in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Carl Eliason
Editor, Crow Watches
Larsen & eriksen absalon Watch
Larsen & Eriksen Absalon
  • Danish Design Watches
  • Minimalist Wrist Watch Design
  • CO2 Neutral Company
  • Founded in 2015
  • From Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Studio open for visit in Copenhagen

Skagen

Henrik and Charlotte Jorst founded Skagen in 1989. All Skagen watches are designed in Germany, but the watches are manufactured in Hong Kong. Thirty years have passed since the company started making wristwatches under Henrik and Charlotte’s leadership, and the company is still going strong. Though Henrik and Charlotte Jorst are Danish, it’s important to note that the company has its headquarters in the U.S. state of Texas. Nevertheless, all Skagen watches take inspiration from Danish and Scandinavian watch designs.
Skagen is a classic danish watch brand with beautiful scandinavian design. Nothing special but good watches.
Carl Eliason
Editor, Crow Watches
skagen
Ancher Black SKW6296
  • Danish Design
  • Also creates handbags & jewelry
  • Quartz Watches
  • Founded in 1989
  • Owned by Fossil
  • Originally from Skagen, Denmark

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