The movement archive

A large number of samples of the movement production heyday, the 20th century, is displayed here. Currenty, 1016 movements from 165 manufacturers wait for your discovery, and their number steadily increases. 770 movements are described in own, mostly very detailled articles.
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Recent additions

18.04.2021
Universal 501
Universal 501

With only five lignes, the Universal 501 is a truely tiny windup movement.

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11.04.2021
Felsa 4007
Felsa 4007

This selfwinding movement comes from the high times of swiss watchmaking

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04.04.2021
FHF 72-9
FHF 72-9

Well executed windup movements where the domain of FHF, here is one with a date indication.

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28.03.2021
FHF 1144
FHF 1144

This one was hard to identify, but thanks to its unique shaped setting lever spring and its size, it was finally possible.

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21.03.2021
FEF 6640
FEF 6640

One of the smallest form movements, here in a high quality execution

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14.03.2021
unknown China movement
unknown China movement

An unidentifiable chinese selfwinding movement with a lot of more or less useful functions.

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About the movement archive

In the past, especially between 1930 and 1970 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 1016 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!