The style 7 Baby Ben was introduced in 1956. Ellworth Danz designed the case. No design patent was applied for because the patent attorney said it was “just another round clock”. This is the first Ben with concentric alarm indicator.
The standard case colors are white with brass bezel and black with brass bezel. Black cased clocks have either a non-luminous dial that is white with black numerals and a background pattern of small light blue dots, or a luminous dial which is black with luminous figures and a background pattern of blue dots. White cased clocks have either a non-luminous dial that is white with brown numerals and a background pattern of light blue dots, or a luminous dial that is brown with luminous numerals and a background pattern of dark brown dots. The first style 7 clocks have radial numerals on the dial, and in 1958 they were changed to upright.
A Baby Ben with pink case and luminous dial was added in 1958.
The Baby Ben style 7 used the old two key wind movement until 1960 when a single key wind movement was introduced. This movement has a single knob for setting the time and alarm.
In 1958 the “Baby Ben Sequin” was introduced to honor the 69 million Big and Baby Bens of the previous 50 years. These had a pink or turquoise case with rhinestones on the front of the bezel. The Westclox advertisement of the Baby Ben sequin said the clock had 33 crown-set sparkling stones. In 1959 or 1960 a Baby Ben sequin with embossed metal numerals was introduced.
Some brass, gold and silver finished style 7 Baby Bens were made in the 1960’s. These have a silver color metal dial.
The Baby Ben dials, both radial numeral and upright-numeral, have “Baby Ben” printed in script. The bottom of the style 7 dials are simply marked “MADE IN U.S.A.” instead of the “MADE BY WESTCLOX, LA SALLE, ILL. U.S.A.” used on earlier style Bens.
The Baby Ben sequin with embossed metal numerals(raised gold-colored numerals) had radial numerals, whereas the earlier Baby Ben Sequins had the upright numeral dial.
The style 7 Baby Ben Electric was from 1956 to 1964. These clocks use the Westclox M4 motor, which was a more compact design than earlier motors, enabling the Baby Ben electric to be almost as small as the keywind model.
Style 7 was discontinued in 1964.
The style 7 Baby Ben windup was revived around 1976.
This late version can be identified as follows:
The base is plastic, with number 58056 on the bottom. It is the same as the plastic base used on late style 8 Baby Ben clocks.
The key and knobs are plastic.
The minute hand does not have a metal cap in the center.
Some of these clocks are in boxes labeled “Special Baby Ben Buy!” It uses the aluminum movement that late style 8 clocks use.
Style 7 reproductions
A miniature of the style 5 was made in 1997, with only 5,000 made. It has a quartz movement.