When Franch returned to Iceland in the 1940’s, he opened another Michelsen store in Reykjavík. Franch was an excellent craftsman, known for his high skills, leadership and professionalism. He taught his trade to twelve young apprentices, including one of his sons.
At the moment our watches are exclusively sold in our shop in Reykjavík, Iceland. We sell and ship worldwide from Iceland.
Michelsen watches are sold in our store and on our online store, www.michelsen.is, where you can see the prices in Icelandic Kronas. Please note that the prices include the 24% Icelandic VAT, which will be deducted when you go through checkout. It is possible to pay with all of the major credit cards, but for a wire transfer you have to send us an email or call us.
When tourists buy a Michelsen watch in Iceland they are entitled to a 14% Tax Refund. In our store you pay for the watch which includes the VAT, we give you a Tax Free check and you claim your refund, in cash (don’t worry, the refund is not in Icelandic Kronas) or get it back in your credit card at the airport when leaving Iceland. Our partnership Tax Free company is Global Blue, the world’s largest Tax Refund provider.
When we ship our watches overseas you don’t pay any tax in Iceland. You get 20% lower prices than when buying in shop (unless you’re entitled to Tax Free). Taxes and charges apply for your country. You pay for the shipping to your location which includes shipping, handling and insurance for watches while in transit. We use Iceland Post or, in case of express shipping, UPS.
Your watch has a two year guarantee if it can be traced as a manufacturing defect. This guarantee does not cover crystal, case, movement or steel/leather band caused by accidents, bad treatment or normal wear.
We have Authorized Michelsen Service Partners offering after sales- and guarantee service on both East- and West Coast in the US, in Canada, the UK, Australia, Denmark (Scandinavia), Iceland and Switzerland where Robert Michelsen, one of the watchmakers of our company, personally services all watches in Central Europe. We are constantly expanding our network of Authorized Service Partners, for your convenience.
Unfortunately Iceland does not have the necessary facilities to produce watch parts nor the necessary knowledge for such a specialized production, so we naturally use Swiss Made movements and Swiss companies to produce the parts on our behalf. Robert Michelsen, 4th generation Michelsen watchmaker and a WOSTEP Certified watchmaker (Swiss diploma), is based in Switzerland and he oversees and handles the production, guaranteeing the quality of the Michelsen timepieces.
Yes, the prices demonstrated in our pricelist include watches with either handmade Michelsen leather straps, Italian made rubber straps or NATO straps. We also offer deployant buckles.
On January 17th, Miss Vilborg Gissurardottir, an intrepid young Icelandic explorer, finished her solo expedition to the South Pole. She was the first Icelander and only the 9th woman in history to reach the South Pole alone and on foot without any outside help. This incredible journey took Ms Gissurardóttir 60 days and she covered a total of 1’140 kilometres, 19 km per day, (708 miles, 12 mi per day) in harsh and challenging weather conditions, strong headwinds, treacherous skiing conditions, zastrugi and temperatures of approximately -40°C (-40°F).
The watch did very well. I had it strapped to the outside of my jacket all the time, next to the compass. The watch was unprotected and exposed in extreme weather conditions.Ms. Vilborg Arna Gissurardóttir, South Pole Explorer
For Ms. Gissurardottir‘s watch, the movement was chosen for its high durability and reliability, but to make sure the movement would survive the journey, special oils were used that can withstand extreme cold or to -50°C. The watch went through thorough tests and several experiments to simulate the conditions on the South Pole. However, the big test was during the expedition on the South Pole and as expected, the watch survived and according to Ms. Gissurardottir, met her expectations.
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Tryggvagata 25, Hafnartorg
Phone: (+354) 511 1900
Fax: (+354) 511 1901