The movement archive

A large number of samples of the movement production heyday, the 20th century, is displayed here. Currenty, 899 movements from 151 manufacturers wait for your discovery, and their number steadily increases. Have fun!
 

Recent additions

05.04.2020
FHF 32
FHF 32

In the early 1950s, FHF made this tiny high quality winding movement with a Glucydur screw balance.

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29.03.2020
Buser 318
Buser 318

This old 10 1/2 ligne swiss windup movement was made in the early 1930ies.

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22.03.2020
Felsa 4002
Felsa 4002

This selfwinding movement is a prime example for the high quality, which Felsa was famous for.

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15.03.2020
FHF 11
FHF 11

FHF produced not too many calinder movements, the FHF 11 is one of them

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08.03.2020
AS 1237/38
AS 1237/38

A rather simple movement for AS standards, here in the export version with only 7 jewels.

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23.02.2020
Thiel Darling
Thiel Darling

The version shown here is part of the movement family "Darling" from the 1930ies.

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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 899 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!