The movement archive - the original since 1997

A large number of samples of the movement production heyday, the 20th century, is displayed here. Currenty, 1275 movements from 180 manufacturers wait for your discovery, and their number steadily increases week by week. 899 movements are described in own, mostly very detailled articles.
Have fun!

Recent additions

25.02.2024 - The Movement Archive: AHO 555

AHO 555

A rare to find 5 1/4 ligne windup form movement for ladies' watches from the 1960s.

18.02.2024 - The Movement Archive: DuRoWe 72

DuRoWe 72

A totally typical 5 1/2 ligne windup movement from the 1960s for tiny ladies' watches, made in Germany.

11.02.2024 - The Movement Archive: GUB 63.4

GUB 63.4

This caliber from the 1960s has got its origin in the Urofa caliber 542 from the 1930s.

11.02.2024 - The Movement Archive: ETA 1080

ETA 1080

A conventionally constructed windup movement from 1950.

04.02.2024 - The Movement Archive: GUB 08-20

GUB 08-20

The predecessor of the very successful caliber 09-20 was only made for three years.

28.01.2024 - The Movement Archive: UMF 80-52

UMF 80-52

This stopwatch caliber, here in version "A" with 1/10 seconds resolution, was originally developed in Glashütte.

20.01.2024 - The Movement Archive: FHF 69-21 (Standard)

FHF 69-21 (Standard)

One of the most successful FHF movements is this so-called "Standard" caliber für ladies' watches, which was produced in large quantities in the 1970s.

14.01.2024 - The Movement Archive: Junghans J68

Junghans J68

From the 1930s, there's this (official) 20 ligne stopwatch caliber, which has got a pallet lever escapement with steel pallets.


About the movement archive

In the past, especially between 1930 and 1980 more than 10.000 different movements were made, some in a million copies. The advent of the quartz watch in the 1970 terminated that impressive series, and the greatest part of those movements has not existed for a long time.

The movement archive on, whose origins date back to the year 1997 (under a different name), should counteract further oblivion and show how diverse mechanical movements once were.

Of course it can never show the complete stock of all movements ever made, nevertheless, almost every week, new movements are archived and shown with detailed articles. Currently, more than 1275 different movements found their way into the archive and are at at least virtually accessible to posterity.

You can directly access the movement by the “movements” menu.

Besides the movements there are other pages, which complement the topic “mechanical watches”, such as a collection of Timex watches, some loose articles in the Magazine and Knowledge sections, a few datasheets and some other workbench related articles.

The archive lives from permanently acquiring yet unarchived movements, to catalogue and put them online. Who wants to support it with a small dontion, can get a “supporters” page as thanks.

Have fun exploring the world of mechanical movements!