Westclox Big Ben Style 8

Westclox Big Ben Style 8

Date Summary:

1964 - 1981

Characteristics:

Oval metal bezel.

Style Information:

First made in black and white finishes. Later made in "Fashion Brite" colors of shaded woodtone, shaded avocado, shaded wedgewood and shaded flame. Other varieties were made as well, including sweep second hand models, Chime Alarm models and Repeater models.

Reproduced in China starting ca. 2003

There are 25 Models of Westclox Big Ben Style 8 in the database

White style 8 Ben Electric alarm clock with brass trim. Luminous dial.
Dates made: 1964 - 1966
Black style 8 Big Ben alarm clock with nickel trim. Luminous dial.
Dates made: 1964 - 1980
Black style 8 Big Ben alarm clock with nickel trim. Non-luminous dial.
Dates made: 1964 - 1980
White style 8 Big Ben for the blind alarm clock with brass trim. Non-luminous dial.
Dates made: 1964 - 1980
Westclox Big Ben Style 8 White Luminous
White style 8 Big Ben alarm clock with brass trim. Luminous dial.
Dates made: 1964 - 1980
Westclox Big Ben Style 8 White Plain
White style 8 Big Ben alarm clock with brass trim. Non-luminous dial.
Dates made: 1964 - 1980
White style 8 Ben Electric alarm clock with brass trim. Non-luminous dial.
Dates made: 1965 - 1966
White style 8 Big Ben Electric Dialite alarm clock with brass trim. Lighted dial.
Dates made: 1966 - 1975
Gold mist style 8 Big Ben Chime Alarm clock with brass trim. White luminous dial.
Dates made: 1967 - 1971
White style 8 Big Ben Chime Alarm clock with brass trim. White luminous dial.
Dates made: 1967 - 1971
Shaded flame (orange) style 8 Fashion Brite Big Ben alarm clock with brass trim. Luminous dial.
Dates made: 1970 - 1971
Shaded woodtone (brown) style 8 Fashion Brite Big Ben alarm clock with brass trim. Luminous dial.
Dates made: 1970 - 1971
Shaded wedgewood (blue) style 8 Fashion Brite Big Ben alarm clock with nickel trim. Luminous dial.
Dates made: 1970 - 1973
Shaded avocado (brown) style 8 Fashion Brite Big Ben alarm clock with brass trim. Luminous dial.
Dates made: 1970 - 1974
Avocado style 8 Big Ben Electric Fashion Brite Dialite alarm clock with brass trim. Lighted dial.
Dates made: 1970 - 1975
Wedgewood blue style 8 Big Ben Electric Fashion Brite Dialite alarm clock with brass trim. Lighted dial.
Dates made: 1970 - 1975
Avocado style 8 Big Ben Repeater alarm clock with brass trim. Luminous dial.
Dates made: 1971 - 1973
Bronze mist style 8 Big Ben Repeater alarm clock with brass trim. Luminous dial.
Dates made: 1971 - 1973
Brown style 8 Big Ben Sweep alarm clock with brass trim. Luminous dial and sweep second hand.
Dates made: 1971 - 1975
Blue style 8 Big Ben Sweep alarm clock with nickel trim. Luminous dial and sweep second hand.
Dates made: 1971 - 1980 or later
Green style 8 Big Ben Sweep alarm clock with brass trim. Luminous dial and sweep second hand.
Dates made: 1971 - 1980 or later
Black style 8 Big Ben Repeater alarm clock with nickel trim. Luminous dial.
Dates made: 1976 - 1980
Westclox Reproduction Big Ben Style 8 Black Luminous
Reproduction style 8 Big Ben alarm clock. Black dial and back with nickel bezel and base.
Dates made: ca. 2003 - ?
Westclox Reproduction Big Ben Style 8 Gray Luminous
Reproduction style 8 Big Ben alarm clock. Gray dial and back with dark nickel bezel and base.
Dates made: ca. 2003 - ?
Westclox Reproduction Big Ben Style 8 Ivory Luminous
Reproduction style 8 Big Ben alarm clock. Ivory color dial and back with brass bezel and base.
Dates made: ca. 2003 - ?
Westclox Big Ben Style 8 Big Ben style 8
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Westclox Big Ben Style 8 Big Ben style 8
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Westclox Big Ben Style 8

History

The style 8 Big Ben was made from 1964 to 1981. Design patent Des. 201,892 issued to Ellworth Danz on Aug. 10, 1965 covers the style 8 case design. Standard case colors were white with brass trim, and black with nickel trim. White clocks have a white dial with brown numerals or a brown dial with luminous numerals. Black clocks have a white dial with black numerals or a black dial with luminous numerals.

The “Fashion Brite” series of Big Bens in Blue, Flame, Avocado and Woodtone were made from 1970 – 1975. They used the same movement as the standard Big Ben.

In 1971 the “Big Ben Sweep” was introduced. They have sweep second hands, and the case and dial colors were blue, green and brown. Also introduced in 1971 were “Big Ben Repeater” in avocado and bronze.

“Big Ben Sculptura” on a tall pedestal base was first made in England, then the LaSalle factory began to make it too. It is shown in US catalogs starting with the 1975 – 76 issue and was made in “stardust blue”, “field green” and “radiant red”.

A Big Ben Chime Alarm in white or gold mist case was made from 1967 – 1971.

The style 8 Ben Electric was made from 1964 – ca. 1987. It has a medium size case (smaller than keywind Big Ben, bigger than Baby Ben). Some say “Ben Electric” and some say “Big Ben Dialite” above the center of the dial. The back is labeled “S12V” and the bases have several different numbers. Made in colors including avocado green, blue, and white. Height 4 1/4”. These clocks use the M5 motor with sealed rotor unit which is detachable from the field coil.

The style 8 design continued through 1980 selling along with the style 9. In 1981, its last year, it was made only as a sweep seconds hand model.

Style 8 Reproductions

Since ca. 2006, key wind reproductions of the style 8 Big Ben and Baby Ben have been available. They can be identified because they are made in China. These clocks have a plastic back and an internal alarm bell.

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