How to Identify Watch Movements

A watch movement (also known as a ‘calibre’) is what powers a watch to make its functions operate. This internal mechanism moves the hands and powers any complications such as a chronograph, annual calendar or dual time zone.

During my initial watchmaking workshops I learnt very quickly that there are numerous high end branded watches powered by movements made by third parties. Often the movement powering the watch can be purchased for a fraction of the price of the complete watch. ETA movements being one of the main manufacturers that can be found in a large proportion of watches.

During lessons we would often be tasked with seeking a particular movement to work on as a class and this would often lead to countless hours of research discovering which watches actually contained the specific required movement.

Movements Inside Watches

Baumgartner Movements Inside Watches

Baumgartner 158

Sicura Automatic

Baumgartner 582

Josmar Jubilee

Baumgartner 866

Alpha Super De Luxe

Amila De Luxe

Aseikon Super De Luxe

Buler Watches

Citizen Super De Luxe

Homer Super De Luxe

Lucerna Calendar

Orient Watches

Pierre Jacquard Super Deluxe

Polwatch Calendar

Relmex De Luxe

Rexor Super De Luxe

Sovereign Watches

Titan Super 17R

Trafalgar Sidewinder Super DeLuxe

Wiseman Super De Luxe

Baumgartner 875

Rocar Watches

Baumgartner 896

Buler Watches

ETA Movements Inside Watches

ETA 955.122

Christopher Ward C2

Christopher Ward C2 Lido

CWC G10

Hamilton Khaki 8775

Patek Philipe Watches

Tissot P660/760

ETA 2824

Bucherer Watches

Favre-Leuba Geneve Daymatic

Fortis Flieger 620.10.46.1

Jacques Lemans Watches

Rotary Watches

ETA 2836-2

Mido Watches

Oris Watches

ETA 2892

IWC Pilot Mark XVI

Breitling Crosswind Special

Breitling Hercules

Breitling Transocean Chrono 38

Girard Perregaux Ferrari 275 Lemans Chronograph

Halios Seaforth

IWC Mark XVII

IWC Pilot Mark XVI

IWC Pilot Mark XVIII

IWC Spitfire UTC

Oak & Oscar Humboldt

Omega Seamaster Professional

ETA 2894

Bell & Ross BR 02-94 Marine Chronograph

Tag Heuer Monaco Chronograph Gulf Limited Edition

ETA 7750

Ancon M26

Breitling Aveger 2 Chronograph

Breitling Bentley GT

Breitling Chrono Cockpit

Breitling Chronomat

Breitling Chronomat Evolution

Breitling Chronomat Cockpit

Breitling Navitimer

Breitling Superocean Choronograph

Damasko Classic Pilot DCJ56DL

Damasko DC66

Damasko DC80ORL

Chopard Watches

Christopher Ward C40 Speedhawk

Frederick Constant Watches

Hamilton Chronograph 3828

Helvetia Watches

IWC Aquatimer Chrono-Automatic

IWC Pilot Chronograph

Longines Watches

Lorenz 17377

Maurice Lacroix Watches

Oris Pilot 7415

Panerai Luminor Marina

Panerai Radiomir Black Seal

Porsche Design Orfina PVD Military

Rado Watches

Sinn 103ST

Sinn 144 ST SA

TAG Heuer Carrera

Tissot Navigator

Tutima FX Chrono UTC

ETA 2000-1

Mido Watches

Oris Watches

TAG Heuer Watches

ETA 2824-2

Alex Pereso Watches

Aquastar Geneve Subexplorer

Archimede 42H Bronze Pilot

Aristo XL 3H131

Aristo 3H42

Bathys Hawaii 100 Fathoms

Breitling Superocean

Breitling Navitimer 1 Automatic 41

Bulova Accutron Amerigo 63B021

Bulova Super Seville

Buran Watches

Burberry BBY1206

Calvin Klein Watches

Certina DS Action Diver

Certina DS1 Powermatic 80

Le Cheminant Watches

Deep Blue Master 2000

Dior Christal CD115510

Eterna-Matic Kontiki

Farer Hopewell Automatic

Festina Watches

Folkwatch 28800

Frederique Constant Watches

Garde Watches

Geckota E-01

Hamilton Khaki Field Auto

Jacques Cantani Orlando

Jacques Lemans Watches

Jacques Lemans 660

Jacques Lemans Limited Edition Diamonds

Junkers Bauhaus 6058-4

Longines L633

Maen Hudson Watches

Maurice Lacroix Pontos 68775

Michel Herbelin Watches

Mido Watches

Mondia Mistral Godron

Muhle Glashutte Watches

Nivrel Jubile III N121.001

Nixon Supremacy

Ochs and Junior

Oris 7484

Poljot 1929001

Prince Watches

Raven Venture II

Raymond Weil Watches

Sector 2621105025

Sinn 556

Sinn 556A

Sinn 556i

Squale Y1545

Steinhart Military 42

Steinhart Ocean One

Steinhart Triton

Stowa Flieger Baumaster B

Stowa Flieger Classic 36

Stowa Flieger Classic 40

Stowa Flieger Klassik Sport

Stowa Marine 36

Stowa Marine 40

Stowa Marine Klassic

Stowa Partitio

Stowa Antea Klassik

Technos XX 1051369

Timefactors Watches

Tissot Escudo

Tissot Le Locle

Tissot Seastar 1000

Tissot T-Lord 164/264

Tudor Black Bay 32

Tudor Black Bay 36

Tudor Black Bay 41

Tudor Heritage Black Bay 41

Tudor Heritage Black Bay Blue 79220B

Tudor Heritage Ranger

Tudor Pelagos

Tudor Submariner

U-Boat Classico AS/53 (5570)

Versace 15A99D001S099

Victorinox Swiss Army Watches

ETA 2801-2

Hamilton Khaki Field Mechanical

Junghans Watches

Laco Dortmund 1925

Meistersinger N03

Meistersinger Phanero

ETA 2836-2

Mido Watches

Oris Watches

ETA 2846

Aurore Watches

ETA 2892-A2

Baume & Mercier Watches

Bell and Ross Vintage

Breitling Watches

IWC Pilot MK XVIII

Longines Heritage 1938

Omega Seamaster 2254

Paul Picot Watches

TAG Heuer Watches

Tudor Heritage Chronograph

ETA 7733

Audemars Piquet Watches

Bifora Regatta

Blancpain Watches

Breitling Crosswind Special

Breitling Sprint

Breitling Top Time

Bulova 666

BWC Racing

CWC Pilot

Girard Perregaux Watches

Gucci Watches

Hamilton 647

Hamilton Royal Navy

Heuer Carrera 3647N

Heuer Carrera 73353

BWC Racing

BWC Racing

Heuer Carrera Fisher

Invicta ‘Surfboard’

IWC Watches

Junghans Watches

Longines Watches

Monte Ancre Watches

Oris Aquis

Oris TT1

Rotary Watches

Sandoz Watches

Tag Heuer Watches

Tudor 79160

Tissot Seastar

Yema Rallye

ETA 7751

Longines Watches

Helios Movements Inside Watches

Helios

Femga 502

Precimax 250SC

Luch Movements Inside Watches

Luch 2209

Poljot De Luxe

Sekonda Deluxe

Omega Movements Inside Watches

Omega 2254

Dvosa Vanguard

Revue Movements Inside Watches

Revue 77 (SC)

Revue Sport

Rolex Movements Inside Watches

Rolex 1210

Rolex Precision 9659

Rolex 3135

Rolex Yacht Master

Rolex DateJust

Rolex Submariner Date

Ronda Movements Inside Watches

Ronda 715

Invicta ProDiver 1542 Reserve

Mondaine Helvetica Watches

Shinola Filson Watches

Victorinox Watches

Seiko Movements Inside Watches

Seiko 4R36

Seiko 5 Sports Mount Fuji World Heritage Limited Edition

Seiko Orange Monster SRP309

Seiko Prospex SRP777

Seiko SRP129J1 Worldtimer (4R36A)

Seiko SRP785K1 (4R36A)

Seiko SRPB69J1 Presage

Seiko SRP Turtle

Undone Dark Sea

Seiko NH35

Invicta ProDiver 8926

Vostok Amphibia

Sellita Movements Inside Watches

Sellita SW 200

Oris 733

Uwersi Movements Inside Watches

Uwersi 57/12

Anker Watches

Valjoux Movements Inside Watches

Valjoux 7734

Maty Besancon Watches

How to Identify Watch Movements FAQ

A watch movement is the mechanism that powers a watch and makes it function. It is also known as a caliber or a module. It consists of various parts that work together to measure and display time, such as the mainspring, the gears, the escapement, the balance wheel, and the dial.

There are three main types of watch movements: mechanical, quartz, and hybrid. Mechanical movements use a wound spring to store energy and release it through a series of gears and levers. Quartz movements use a battery and a quartz crystal to generate electric pulses that regulate a motor. Hybrid movements combine elements of both mechanical and quartz movements, such as kinetic, solar, or smart watches.

One way to help with movement identification in your watch is to look at the back of the case. Some watches have a transparent case back that allows you to see the movement. Others have a solid case back that may have some information engraved on it, such as the brand, the model, or the movement number. You can also search online for your watch model and find out more details about its movement.

One easy way to tell if your watch is mechanical or quartz is to look at the second hand. If the second hand moves smoothly and continuously, it is likely a mechanical watch. If the second hand moves in discrete jumps or ticks, it is likely a quartz watch. However, some quartz watches have a sweeping second hand that mimics a mechanical movement, so this method is not foolproof.

Automatic movement is a type of mechanical movement that does not require manual winding. It uses a rotor or a weight that spins when you move your wrist and winds the mainspring automatically. You can identify an automatic movement by looking for a rotor on the back of the case or by checking if your watch has a power reserve indicator on the dial. You can also test if your watch stops running when you leave it idle for a long time.