The movement archive

A large number of samples of the movement production heyday, the 20th century, is displayed here. Currenty, 1074 movements from 167 manufacturers wait for your discovery, and their number steadily increases. 821 movements are described in own, mostly very detailled articles.
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Recent additions

09.07.2022
Bifora 1160
Bifora 1160

This modern constructed movements marks the end of the development and production of selfwinding movements at Bidlingmaier.

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05.06.2022
Rego 153
Rego 153

With 15 jewels, this Roskopf type pin lever movement is unually elaborate.

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29.05.2022
Pontenet?
Pontenet?

Another unmarked ladies' watch with cylinder escapement, whose movement could not be identified.

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15.05.2022
Sonceboz ES 54
Sonceboz ES 54

The slanted arms à la Wyler Incaflex of the balance should protect it against shocks with a the need for a further shock protection.

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08.05.2022
Zenith 1731
Zenith 1731

The related calibers Zenith 1730 and 1731 were only made 15000 times in total. The caliber 1731 was the version with decentral seconds indication.

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01.05.2022
Brac 115
Brac 115

This pin lever movement is pretty elaborate and well made, but still has to trick to achieve the almost absurdly high amount of 23 jewels.

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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 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 1074 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!