Black style 9 Baby Ben alarm clock with silvertone trim and black luminous dial with large numerals.
Dates made: Approximate Date: 1998
Baby Ben Style 9 Alarm Clock History
The style 9 Big Ben and Baby Ben case was designed by Ellworth Danz and is covered by design patent Des. 257,129 issued September 30, 1980. The style 9 was in preliminary production in LaSalle in the last month or two in 1979, and in full production in Athens, Georgia in 1980.
The standard case colors were black with silver bezel, almond with goldtone bezel, and white with silver bezel. Some non-luminous clocks were made at first (I don’t know for how long), but later just luminous models were made. In the 1990 catalog the only non-luminous models were Big Ben and Baby Ben in white case with goldtone bezel having white dial with brown numerals.
During the 1990s, the numerals were changed to a heavier style.
Some decorator models of Big Ben and Baby Ben were listed in the 1990 Westclox catalog:
“Lady Ben” in both Big Ben and Baby Ben, with flower or shell patterned dials and bezels in white, slate blue and pale pink.
“Victorian Big Ben”, “Big Ben Contemporary” and “Baby Ben Contemporary” with patterned dials.
“Baby Ben Designer”, having slate blue, dusty rose or seafoam green color bezels.
“Big Ben DeLuxe” in Burgundy with red dial, and hunter green are shown in the 1996 catalog.
Production of the style 9 ended in October 2000 when clock manufacture at the Athens, Georgia plant was terminated (this was the last remaining Westclox plant in the United States).