The movement archive

A large number of samples of the movement production heyday, the 20th century, is displayed here. Currenty, 1112 movements from 169 manufacturers wait for your discovery, and their number steadily increases. 844 movements are described in own, mostly very detailled articles.
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Recent additions

29.01.2023
MST 422
MST 422

A pretty well made 8 3/4 ligne movement, which was made for ladies' watches with decentral seconds indication.

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22.01.2023
Kienzle 44
Kienzle 44

This movement is the last iteration of the caliber family Kienzle 14-44 / Kienzle 44

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15.01.2023
Bifora 114
Bifora 114

A rather large selfwinding movement with twin pawl changer from Schwäbisch Gmünd in Germany.

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08.01.2023
Otero 481
Otero 481

Since in the mid 1950s, sliding springs for selfwinding movements still were a bit unreliable, Otero constructed selfwinding movements with a fixed spring and the so-called Oterotest slipping clutch …

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01.01.2023
ETA 372
ETA 372

This tiny, high quality form movement from the 1930s is equpiied with the so-called "System Patek" winding mechanism.

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25.12.2022
Mido 607P
Mido 607P

With a diameter of only 15.3mm is this tiny miracle one of the smallest selfwinding movements ever made.

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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 17jewels.info should counteract further oblivion and show how diverse mechanical movements once were.

Of course it can never hole the complete stock of all movement ever made, yet almost every week, new movements are archived and shown more or less detailed. Currently, more than 1112 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, a few documents and some 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!