The movement archive - the original since 1997

A large number of samples of the movement production heyday, the 20th century, is displayed here. Currenty, 1279 movements from 180 manufacturers wait for your discovery, and their number steadily increases week by week. 908 movements are described in own, mostly very detailled articles.
Have fun!

Recent additions

17.05.2024 - The Movement Archive: AM 640

AM 640

AM was like an unknown giant in the 1920s and 1930s, but today hardly anyone knows about them.

11.05.2024 - The Movement Archive: unknown 11 1/2 ligne pallet lever movement

unknown 11 1/2 ligne pallet lever movement

This well made pallet lever movement with 15 jewels could not be identified.

05.05.2024 - The Movement Archive: Amida 425

Amida 425

One of the better Roskopf-type pin lever movements. With 17 jewels and a yoke keyless works, it partially even catches up with "real" pallet lever movements.

28.04.2024 - The Movement Archive: AM 630

AM 630

With a length 24.5mm is this 6 3/4 ligne form movement pretty large. It also impresses by its beautifully slanted gear train bridge.

21.04.2024 - The Movement Archive: ETA 2842

ETA 2842

The third version of this reduced ETA 2824, used exclusively in Swatch watches.

13.04.2024 - The Movement Archive: Eppler 17

Eppler 17

Until the 1980s, this simple 10 1/2 pin lever movement from Germany was made in large quantities.

06.04.2024 - The Movement Archive: Brac 2051

Brac 2051

Tiny form movements with pin lever escapement, like this Brac 2051, are pretty unusual, especially, when they use a unique inhouse shock protection.

01.04.2024 - The Movement Archive: Timex M21

Timex M21

This movement was probably the first from from Timex for wrist watches.


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 1279 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!