Professional Jeweler Archive: Watchmaker Steven Phillips Dies

May 2004

Timepieces/News


Watchmaker Steven Phillips Dies

Developed the Eternal Winding System


Master watchmaker Steven Phillips, who created the patented Eternal Winding System, died in March in Guilford, CT. He was born in Hungary in 1939 and came to U.S. in 1956. In 1964 he launched Budapest Watch Co.

Phillips was the only U.S.-based prospective member of the coveted Academie Horlogere Des Createurs Independants. He made watches by hand, a difficult and increasingly rare talent, especially in the U.S. He also developed his own movement, the BP 2000, and used it in his Guardian series of automatic watches. His revolutionary EWS wrist watch, made in 2002, is powered by small temperature variations that expand and contract a proprietary metal alloy in the movement.

– by Michael Thompson

Steven Phillips’ Imperial Jade watch is powered by his BP2000 automatic movement.

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