Tag: Westclox HIstory

Westclox “Dunbar” Electric Wall Clock, Made in April 1941

December 18, 2015 | By | 3 Replies More
Westclox “Dunbar” Electric Wall Clock, Made in April 1941

Here’s a Westclox “Dunbar” electric wall clock I repaired. The dial is paper on a metal plate, covered by a glass lens, and the case is white plastic with a metal back. This clock uses the Westclox designed M2 self-starting synchronous motor. The red dot on the dial is the power outage indicator. The indicator […]

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Last updated December 16, 2015

Westclox Museum, Peru Illinois

November 6, 2015 | By | Reply More
Westclox Museum, Peru Illinois

There is a new Westclox Museum in Peru, Illinois. It is housed in the former Westclox factory at 350 5th Street. My friends Cheryl and Gary Biolchini and I visited on October 31st. Even though the museum has been open only since last February, the founders and dedicated volunteers have gathered a wonderful selection of […]

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Last updated November 7, 2015

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

Winding Keys on Westclox Big Ben Leg Model Alarm Clocks

October 31, 2014 | By | 7 Replies More
Winding Keys on Westclox Big Ben Leg Model Alarm Clocks

I was sorting Westclox parts in my clock shop, and came across 2 plastic bags labeled: “Rare, pinched Big Ben Style 1a Keys” and “Early Style 1 Big Ben Keys”. This motivated me to write about the development of the Big Ben winding key. First, here are 2 examples of the Big Ben leg model […]

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Last updated October 31, 2014

Bushing Big Ben Alarm Clocks

June 20, 2014 | By | Reply More
Bushing Big Ben Alarm Clocks

Part of the repair process includes bushing worn pivot holes. There are 2 popular friction bushing system sizes: KWM and Bergeon. I recommend KWM-sized bushings for all clocks including Big Ben alarm clocks. Bergeon bushings are a poor choice in most cases, as they require an overly large hole to reamed. This looks bad and […]

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Last updated November 16, 2014

My Westclox Story

June 19, 2014 | By | Reply More
My Westclox Story

When I was a boy and stayed overnight at my Grammy and Granddaddy’s house, they put a Baby Ben alarm clock by my bed (not to wake me in the morning, but because I liked clocks). I looked at the dial and saw the name, Westclox. “That doesn’t sound like a real word”, I thought, […]

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Last updated July 17, 2014

Westclox Big Ben Style 1 Made in 1914

June 19, 2014 | By | Reply More
Westclox Big Ben Style 1 Made in 1914

This Big Ben Style 1 alarm clock is dated 10-23-14 (October 23, 1914) on the movement. The Style 1 Big Ben was made from 1909 to 1918 (replaced by the improved Style 1a in 1918). This example has a “Dealer Imprint” dial saying: M. P. Kummerer Jeweler Bath, Pa. Westclox would imprint a dealer’s name […]

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Last updated June 15, 2014

Late Model Seth Thomas Electric Striking Clock – Exeter-E

June 16, 2014 | By | 2 Replies More
Late Model Seth Thomas Electric Striking Clock – Exeter-E

This electric Seth Thomas mantel clock strikes the hour and half hour on 2 chime rods. The back of the movement has the date code 7110 (October 1971). Seth Thomas quit making their own movements in the mid-1950s, so this movement is from Germany, possibly made by Hermle, who made many movements for Seth Thomas. […]

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Last updated June 15, 2014

Two More Reproduction Baby Ben Dials Available: Style 2 and Style 4

October 18, 2013 | By | Reply More
Two More Reproduction Baby Ben Dials Available: Style 2 and Style 4

I just added 2 dials to my online dial catalog (I made these 2 dials some years ago but just realized I had a stash of them and hadn’t put them in the catalog). The first is the white Baby Ben DeLuxe dial for the nickel style 2 made from 1927 to 1930 (starting in […]

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Last updated November 19, 2014

Early Westclox Big Ben Alarm Clock, Dated July 3, 1909

May 26, 2013 | By | 3 Replies More
Early Westclox Big Ben Alarm Clock, Dated July 3, 1909

Here is an early Big Ben alarm clock, made during the second year of preliminary production. The movement has the date code 7 3 9 (July 3, 1909). This is a Style 1 (leg model) Big Ben. The dial has the early form of hands and numerals (note especially the 7). The words “BIG BEN” […]

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Last updated December 22, 2013

Golden Novelty Company Cast Front Clock, 1885 Patent, Cherub and Flowers

May 24, 2013 | By | Reply More
Golden Novelty Company Cast Front Clock, 1885 Patent, Cherub and Flowers

Here is an early example of a Westclox clock, made while the company name was “The Western Clock Mfg. Co.” This clock was made around 1890. The movement and its canister were made by “The Western Clock Mfg. Co.”, and the Golden Novelty Mfg. Co. made the cast case front and marketed the clock. The movement […]

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Last updated May 25, 2013

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

Satellite View of Old Westclox Factory, Peru, Illinois

January 2, 2012 | By | Reply More
Satellite View of Old Westclox Factory, Peru, Illinois

Yesterday, the old Westclox factory in Peru, Illinois was partly destroyed by fire (see Massive Fire at Former Westclox Plant in Peru, Illinois). Google Earth has a nice view of the old factory, and I saved this image before it gets updated. North is at the top of this image. The factory covers 4 city […]

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Last updated January 2, 2012

Massive Fire at Former Westclox Plant in Peru, Illinois

January 1, 2012 | By | 2 Replies More
Massive Fire at Former Westclox Plant in Peru, Illinois

The fire started shortly before the new year, and two teenagers were charged with arson. Peru assistant fire chief Jim Duncan said the middle building portion of the Westclox complex was fully engulfed when firefighters arrived. “The fire was just out of control when we found it,” Duncan said. As Duncan explained, the Westclox complex […]

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Last updated January 2, 2012