The movement archive

A large number of samples of the movement production heyday, the 20th century, is displayed here. Currenty, 864 movements from 147 manufacturers wait for your discovery, and their number steadily increases. Have fun!
 

Recent additions

13.01.2020
EB 1333
EB 1333

The early windup movements fro the swiss Ebauches Bettlach were definitely worth seeing, such as the EB 1333.

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05.01.2020
HB 115
HB 115

This german windup movement from the early 1950ies pleases aesthetically and technically.

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01.01.2020
Judex 46 SC (Sefea 53)
Judex 46 SC (Sefea 53)

There is hardly any other movement whose central seconds indication was so elaborately designed like on this french caliber.

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21.12.2019
Osco 300
Osco 300

A cost-efficient constructed manual wind movement in a pillar construction, which uses a pallet lever esacpement and an indirect center second indication.

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07.12.2019
Cyma 384.K
Cyma 384.K

A exceptionally well made windup movement from switzerland with an interesting inhouse shock protection

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30.11.2019
Bifora 2025
Bifora 2025

The first form lever movement by Bidlingmaier, probably the first german form lever movement with pallets at all.

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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 864 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!