Westclox Big Ben Style 6

Westclox Big Ben Style 6

Date Summary:

1949 - 1956

Characteristics:

Smaller base than style 5, without the polished metal plate. Small alarm hand at "12" with full numeral 12 showing.

Style Information:

Chime Alarm Ivory: 1949 - 1956

Loud Alarm Gun Metal: 1949 - 1956

Loud Alarm Ivory: 1954 - 1956

Reproduced in China with quartz movement starting ca. 2003

There are 13 Models of Westclox Big Ben Style 6 in the database

Westclox Big Ben Style 6 Chime Alarm Ivory Luminous
There are several variations in type face of dial names.
Dates made: February 1949 - 1956
Westclox Big Ben Style 6 Chime Alarm Ivory Plain
There are several variations in type face of dial names.
Dates made: February 1949 - 1956
Westclox Big Ben Style 6 Loud Alarm Gun Metal Luminous
Several variations in type face of dial names.
Dates made: March 1949 - April 1956
Westclox Big Ben Style 6 Loud Alarm Gun Metal Plain
Several variations in type face of dial names.
Dates made: March 1949 - April 1956
Westclox Big Ben Style 6 Loud Alarm Ivory Luminous
Ivory case introduced later than the gun metal case.
Dates made: 1954 - April 1956
Westclox Big Ben Style 6 Loud Alarm Ivory Plain
Ivory case introduced later than the gun metal case.
Dates made: 1954 - April 1956
Westclox Big Ben Style 6 Reproduction Brushed Nickel Quartz
Reproduction Big Ben style 6 with quartz movement in brushed nickel case. Luminous hands.
Dates made: ca. 2003 - ca. 2005
Westclox Big Ben Style 6 Reproduction Green Quartz
Reproduction Big Ben style 6 with quartz movement in green case. Luminous hands.
Dates made: ca. 2003 - ca. 2005
Westclox Big Ben Style 6 Reproduction Red Quartz
Reproduction Big Ben style 6 with quartz movement in red case. Luminous hands.
Dates made: ca. 2003 - ca. 2005
Westclox Big Ben Style 6 Reproduction Orange Quartz
Reproduction Big Ben style 6 with quartz movement in orange case. Luminous hands.
Dates made: ca. 2003 - ca. 2012
Westclox Big Ben Style 6 Reproduction Black Quartz
Reproduction Big Ben style 6 with quartz movement in black case. Luminous hands.
Dates made: ca. 2003 - ?
Westclox Big Ben Style 6 Reproduction Ivory Quartz
Reproduction Big Ben style 6 with quartz movement in ivory case. Luminous hands.
Dates made: ca. 2003 - ?
Westclox Big Ben Style 6 Reproduction Pink Quartz
Reproduction Big Ben style 6 with quartz movement in pink case. Luminous hands.
Dates made: ca. 2007 - ca. 2011

History

Henry Dreyfuss designed the style 6 case for the Big and Baby Bens, and they were introduced to the market in 1949. This design was not patented. Notice the new style of hands and that the entire number 12 is printed on the dial (previous styles had only a partial 12 due to the alarm dial).

The style 6 Big Ben Chime Alarm was made only in ivory cases with brass trim. These have a white dial with brown numerals or a brown dial with luminous numerals.

The style 6 Big Ben Loud Alarm was made in gunmetal cases only at first, and in 1954 the ivory case was added to the line. Gunmetal cases have a white dial with black numerals or a black dial with luminous numerals. Ivory cases have either a white dial with brown numerals or a brown dial with luminous numerals.

Almost all Big Ben Chime Alarm movements were nickel plated up to 1951.

Style 6 was discontinued in 1956.

Style 6 Reproductions

A style 6 Big Ben with a quartz movement was introduced ca. 2003 (please tell me if you know the year of introduction). The reproduction can be identified by having a sweep alarm indicator (instead of having the alarm indicator in a sub-dial below the numeral “12”). Also it has a battery compartment instead of two winding keys.

Here is the descriptive text for the style 6 reproduction, courtesy of Alarm Alarm Clocks Online:

The case is modeled after the classic 1949 Big Ben as designed by Industrial Design pioneer, Henry Dreyfuss. This is known as the style 6 to collectors of vintage Big Bens. Nickel-finished trim (brass on the ivory model) with all metal case, quartz movement, "Aged" white dial. Glass lens. Luminous hands. Runs on one "AA" battery. It has a second hand and alarm set hand on the dial. We are very pleased with Westclox attention to detail in making this reproduction of a great Big Ben that was made from 1949 until 1956. Imported.

NOTE: This clock says "Loud Alarm" on the dial only because it is styled after the 1949 Loud Alarm model of the Big Ben. The actual alarm on this clock is NOT what we would consider loud. It is comparable to the other retro style Big Bens we offer.

Size: 5 1/2" x 5" x 2"

Availability of the Reproduction

As of 2012-09-09, Alarm Clocks Online listed the following colors: Black, Ivory, Brushed nickel, green, red and orange, Only the black, ivory and nickel were in stock.

There was also a pink model, available as new old stock on ebay, and shown as "Currently unavailable. We don't know when or if this item will be back in stock" on amazon.com. Amazon.com had 5 of the orange model in stock.

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