The movement archive - the original since 1997

A large number of samples of the movement production heyday, the 20th century, is displayed here. Currenty, 1282 movements from 180 manufacturers wait for your discovery, and their number steadily increases week by week. 919 movements are described in own, mostly very detailled articles.
Have fun!

Recent additions

20.07.2024 - The Movement Archive: Perla 8 3/4

Perla 8 3/4

An early windup movement, which was rebranded by Alpina as Alpina 711.

14.07.2024 - The Movement Archive: Amida 4350

Amida 4350

This 1 jewel pin lever movement was used e.g. in the legendary Amida Digitrend direct read watch.

06.07.2024 - The Movement Archive: Buckeridge 19'''

Buckeridge 19'''

From the 19th century from England is this 19 ligne pocket watch movement with a sharp tooth escapement, made by the watchmatchmaker Walter Buckeridge.

30.06.2024 - The Movement Archive: Waltham 18s Model 1883

Waltham 18s Model 1883

In 1906, when this movement was made, it was already out of date with its key winding system and old construction type.

22.06.2024 - The Movement Archive: anonymous Lepine-V caliber

anonymous Lepine-V caliber

Due to the lack of manufacturer signatures, this Lepine V type cylinder movement cannot be assigned to any manufacturer

15.06.2024 - The Movement Archive: Junghans 667.01

Junghans 667.01

In 1975, the first pass-produced quartz caliber for wristwatches was launched by Junghans. Here you can see it in its base version.

15.06.2024 - The Movement Archive: Junghans 667.70

Junghans 667.70

In 1978, the updated version of the caliber series was launched with the caliber 667.70 as version with date indication.

08.06.2024 - The Movement Archive: Pierce 861 SC

Pierce 861 SC

A pretty rare windup movement for ladies' watches with center seconds, earlier referred as Eclipse 8 3/4.


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 1282 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!