Westclox Baby Ben Style 7

Westclox Baby Ben Style 7

Date Summary:

1956 to 1964 (and 1976)

Characteristics:

Concentric alarm hand, plastic lens.

Style Information:

Many variations in case colors: black, white, pink, turquoise, gold, silver

Changed from two-key wind to single-key wind in 1960

Some models have sequins on the bezel.

The style 7 Baby Ben was re-introduced in mid-1975 and made until ca. 1976. The reissue may be identified by the plastic base with number 58056 on the bottom.

The numerals were changed from radial to upright in 1958.

There are 18 Models of Westclox Baby Ben Style 7 in the database

Black style 7 Baby Ben alarm clock with brass trim. Luminous dial.
Dates made: 1956 - 1964
Black style 7 Baby Ben alarm clock with brass trim. Non-luminous dial.
Dates made: 1956 - 1964
White style 7 Baby Ben alarm clock with brass trim. Luminous dial.
Dates made: 1956 - 1964
Westclox Baby Ben Style 7 White Plain
White style 7 Baby Ben alarm clock with brass trim. Non-luminous dial.
Dates made: 1956 - 1964
Jade green style 7 Baby Ben electric alarm clock with brass trim. Luminous dial.
Dates made: 1957 - 1958
Jade green style 7 Baby Ben electric alarm clock with brass trim. Non-luminous dial.
Dates made: 1957 - 1958
Beige style 7 Baby Ben electric alarm clock with brass trim. Non-luminous dial.
Dates made: 1957 - 1960
Pink style 7 Baby Ben electric alarm clock with brass trim. Non-luminous dial.
Dates made: 1957 - 1960
Beige style 7 Baby Ben electric alarm clock with brass trim. Luminous dial.
Dates made: 1957 - 1964
Pink style 7 Baby Ben electric alarm clock with brass trim. Luminous dial.
Dates made: 1957 - 1964
Westclox Baby Ben Style 7 Pink Luminous
Pink style 7 Baby Ben alarm clock with brass trim. Luminous dial.
Dates made: ca. 1958 - 1964
Pink style 7 Baby Ben sequin alarm clock with brass trim. White luminous dial, upright numerals.
Dates made: 1958 - 1958
Turquoise style 7 Baby Ben sequin alarm clock with brass trim. White luminous dial, upright numerals.
Dates made: 1958 - 1958
Pink style 7 Baby Ben DeLuxe alarm clock with brass trim, and pink sequins. Luminoous silver dial, gold radial numerals 3, ...
Dates made: 1960 - 1962
Style 7 Baby Ben DeLuxe alarm clock, brass bezel and base, florentine silver back. Luminous silver dial, gold radial numerals ...
Dates made: 1960 - 1964
Solid brass style 7 Baby Ben DeLuxe alarm clock. Luminous silver dial, gold radial numerals 3, 6, 9, 12 and markers.
Dates made: 1960 - 1964
Style 7 Baby Ben DeLuxe alarm clock, brushed silver case. Luminous silver dial, silver radial numerals 3, 6, 9, 12 and markers.
Dates made: 1961 - 1964
Westclox Baby Ben Style 7 Reissue Black Luminous
The style 7 Baby Ben was re-introduced in mid-1975 and made until ca. 1976.
Dates made: June 1975 - ca. 1976

History

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:

This clock has been seen 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.

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


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