Westclox Baby Ben Style 5

Westclox Baby Ben Style 5

Date Summary:

1939 - 1949

Characteristics:

Streamlined round case, rectangular base with polished brass or nickel plated steel plate. Looks like a Honeywell "round" thermostat mounted on a base. Numeral "12" partially cut away to make room for the alarm dial.

Style Information:

Gun metal case with white dial or black luminous dial

Ivory case with white dial or brown-banded luminous dial (solid brown final year)

Note: Production of consumer clocks was suspended on July 31, 1942 for World War II and resumed in 1945

A small number of electric style 5 Baby Bens were made.

There are 9 Models of Westclox Baby Ben Style 5 in the database

Westclox Baby Ben Style 5 Gun Metal Luminous
Gun metal (black) style 5 Baby Ben alarm clock with nickel trim. Luminous dial.
Dates made: 1939 - January 1949
Westclox Baby Ben Style 5 Gun Metal Plain
Gun metal (black) style 5 Baby Ben alarm clock with nickel trim. Non-luminous dial.
Dates made: 1939 - January 1949
Westclox Baby Ben Style 5 Ivory Luminous
Ivory style 5 Baby Ben alarm clock with brass trim. Luminous dial.
Dates made: 1939 - January 1949
Westclox Baby Ben Style 5 Ivory Plain
Ivory style 5 Baby Ben alarm clock with brass trim. Non-luminous dial.
Dates made: 1939 - January 1949
Ivory style 5 Baby Ben electric alarm clock with brass trim. Non-luminous dial.
Dates made: 1940 - 1942
Ivory style 5 Baby Ben electric alarm clock with brass trim. Non-luminous dial.
Dates made: 1940 - 1942
Westclox Baby Ben Style 5 Waralarm Army Green Plain
Army green painted case with no unpainted areas. Says "Waralarm" on the dial.
Dates made: Early 1944 - Late 1944
Westclox Baby Ben Style 5 Waralarm Ivory Luminous
Ivory case with with brass trim. Says "Waralarm" on the dial.
Dates made: Early 1944 - Late 1944
Westclox Baby Ben Style 5 Waralarm Ivory Plain
Ivory case with with brass trim. Says "Waralarm" on the dial.
Dates made: Early 1944 - Late 1944

History

The style 5 case design was first used in 1938 for the electric Big Ben Chime Alarm. In 1939 the wind-up style 5 Bens were introduced. Henry Dreyfuss designed this case and General Time applied for the patent on November 19, 1938. The patent was issued on April 11, 1939. Other well known designs by Dreyfuss are the Honeywell round thermostat, the Princess phone, and the Hudson J-3 streamlined locomotive for New York Central Railroad. Dreyfuss also designed the box for the style 5 Bens.

Baby Ben style 5 was made in two colors, gunmetal with nickel trim and ivory with brass trim. Gunmetal cases have a white dial with black numerals, or a black dial with luminous numerals. Ivory cases have a white dial with brown numerals, or two different types of luminous dial (brown-banded from 1939 – 1948 and solid brown in 1948 and 1949).

Hands on non-luminous gunmetal clocks are “simplified skeleton style” blued steel. Hands on non-luminous ivory clocks are brown and of the same shape. Hands on luminous gunmetal clocks are solid (not skeleton) nickeled blanks with luminous paint applied to the front. Hands on ivory luminous clocks are lacquered brass blanks with luminous paint on the front.

Westclox switched over to production of war material during World War II. Consumer clock production ceased July 31, 1942 and resumed in 1945.

A Baby Ben “Waralarm” was made during WWII. Movements made during this time were not nickel plated as they usually were. Case colors of army green and ivory have been seen.

Style 5 Baby Ben Electric

Introduced 1940, last shipped 7/42, discontinued 1945. Ivory case, white dial with brown numerals or brown-banded luminous dial. Labeled “S-6” on base and “S 6” on back. Height 4 3/16”. This clock is larger than the keywind Baby Ben style 5.

The style 5 Baby Ben was made through 1949.

Differentiating Style 4 Dials from Style 5 Dials

Style 4 Dial:

Style 5 Dial:

Style 5 reproductions

A miniature of the style 5 was made in 1997, with only 5,000 made. It has a quartz movement.

See History of the this style series (Westclox Baby Ben)


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