Tag: Baby Ben

The Name “Westclox” on Alarm Clock Dials up to 1930

September 1, 2017 | By | 2 Replies More
The Name “Westclox” on Alarm Clock Dials up to 1930

Introduction The clock company Westclox started in 1885 as United Clock Company, reorganized as Western Clock Company in 1887; became The Western Clock Mfg. Co. in 1888; and in 1912 became the shorter Western Clock Company. Trademark 108232 of 1916 registers the name Westclox (short for Western Clocks) and states “The trade mark has been […]

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Last updated October 13, 2017

Bushing the Westclox Baby Ben Alarm Clock Movement

November 17, 2014 | By | 1 Reply More
Bushing the Westclox Baby Ben Alarm Clock Movement

I once read an article that said “I’ve never seen a Baby Ben movement with enough wear to need bushings.” I have seen many that needed bushings! Any clock that has run for years is bound to have some pivot hole wear. Most Westclox pivots are polished, hard steel wire. The third through fifth (escape) […]

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Last updated May 2, 2017

Baby Ben Style 7 Alarm Clock Made in October 1976

January 14, 2012 | By | Reply More
Baby Ben Style 7 Alarm Clock Made in October 1976

For years, we thought that the style 7 Big Ben and Baby Ben alarm clocks were made from 1956 – 1964. We now know that the style 7 Baby Ben windup was revived ca. 1976. Here are photos of an example dated 10 76 (October 1976) on the movement, in its original box with instructions. […]

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Last updated January 14, 2012

Westclox Big Ben and Baby Ben Identification Guide

May 31, 2008 | By | Reply More
Westclox Big Ben and Baby Ben Identification Guide

In 1984, my friend Richard Tjarks and I published the “Westclox Big Ben and Baby Ben Identification Guide” to go along with the display of Westclox clocks and watches at the NAWCC National Convention in Indianapolis. I have added recent research findings and more material to the guide, and it is available for download in […]

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Last updated November 27, 2009

New Baby Ben Alarm Clocks Have Lost Their “Soul”

March 14, 2008 | By | 1 Reply More
New Baby Ben Alarm Clocks Have Lost Their “Soul”

When the Big Ben alarm clock was introduced in 1908, one of its important features was that the entire back of the case was the bell. This made the alarm ring louder and deeper than other alarm clocks of the time, which had a small bell on the top. When the Baby Ben alarm came […]

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Last updated October 11, 2012