The movement archive

A large number of samples of the movement production heyday, the 20th century, is displayed here. Currenty, 918 movements from 154 manufacturers wait for your discovery, and their number steadily increases. Have fun!
 

Recent additions

24.05.2020
GUB 11-27
GUB 11-27

Developed in the late 1970ies, this movement was compareable to swiss selfwinding movement, but due to foreign exchange reasons, it was available much cheaper.

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17.05.2020
Bulova 1021.50
Bulova 1021.50

This tiny movement with center seconds indication and a diameter of only 15.4mm has remained pretty unknown.

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10.05.2020
Baumgartner 910
Baumgartner 910

A fair quality pin lever movement, which hides its inferior technology pretty well.

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03.05.2020
AS 962
AS 962

Almost twice as long as wide is this pretty rare swiss form movement.

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26.04.2020
Otero 846
Otero 846

A windup movement with 'digital' time indication; unfortunately the specimen in the movement archive is incomplete.

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19.04.2020
Westclox W4
Westclox W4

A check "disposable" windup movement from Scotland

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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 918 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!