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Westclox 10608 Authentic 1964 Big Ben Classic Keywound Alarm Clock

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Product Details

  • Item Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • ASIN: B007D2B7HI
  • Item model number: 10608
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (217 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #270,828 in Home & Kitchen (See Top 100 in Home & Kitchen)
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Product Description

Westclox "BIG BEN" Keywound Model 10608 , Loud Bell Alarm, Metal Keys Wind Time and Alarm, No Electricity or Batteries Needed, Durable construction, Metal Bezel, Hands & Base, Luminous Hands for Night Viewing, 36 Hour Movement, Approximate Dimensions: 5" L x 5" H x 2-3/4" W Approximate Weight: 10 oz., Manufacturers Warranty: 1-Year Limited


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Customer Reviews

If you need a good wind up alarm clock, buy this one.
Kevin Williamson
First off, I had one of these original Big Ben clocks growing up, and I loved it.
Edward A. Belcher
This one is cheaply made with a plastic case rather than metal.
Dee

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

72 of 75 people found the following review helpful By B. Penrod on July 19, 2009
Color Name: Ivory
I was looking for a real windup Westclox Big Ben like my parents owned in the 60's. Unfortunately, this is a pretty cheap imitation with a plastic case, and I'm guessing really cheap internal construction. Anyway, it was OK for about three months, but is now losing hours a day, sometimes just stops after less than 16 hours. I'm going to try one of the Sternreiter windup alarm clocks. They are actually made of metal with brass and steel gears inside.
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60 of 62 people found the following review helpful By R. Holden on November 16, 2007
Color Name: Ivory Verified Purchase
I agree with a previous review that a more detailed description would be helpful. This classic Big Ben is a wind up clock with a familiar ticktock sound and loud alarm. It is not the electronic look-alike version. But this 1960s technology is exactly what my eighty year old Mom was wanting. Delivery and service were great.
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45 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Thomas V. Hronis on April 2, 2009
Color Name: Ivory
I purchased this clock for my 94 year old father who likes the simplicity and reliability of an old fashion, hand wound clock. He loves the large dial, design and clarity of his new time piece which, incidentally, replaces a Westclox Baby Ben he had bought 35 years ago.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Michael F. Driscoll on December 23, 2009
Color Name: Light Grey Verified Purchase
This clock is cheaply made compared with those made in the U.S. decades ago. Just about everything is plastic, including the lens. If the lens were glass, one could see the numbers and hands easily. But instead, the lens is plastic -- smoked plastic. As a result, there is little contrast between the numbers/hands and the surface behind them. So the clock is difficult to read, even in a well-lit room from just a few feet away. The picture shown on the item description page is totally misleading!
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Loretta J. Locicero on June 25, 2011
Color Name: Ivory Verified Purchase
So here is an unofficial one.

This clock is an old fashioned keywound alarm clock with a "36 hour movement", meaning it will run for 36 hours after being fully wound, provided the alarm button is pushed in (more on that later). Compared with modern electric and battery clocks, it is both noisy and inaccurate. But unlike those clocks, it has a mechanism for adjusting how fast it goes. There is a small half-moon like slot on the lower portion of the back with "+" and "-" signs on it. Get the end of a paper clip and nudge the small brass flange hiding deep inside toward the "+" sign to make the clock run faster and toward the "-" sign to slow it down. It takes a few days, but it can be adjusted to a pretty good accuracy.

The loudness of the alarm can be adjusted in the same way using a soft-loud adjustment at the top of the clock's back. Setting the time is simple, too. Just keep the setting stem pulled away from the clock to set the time and leave it in the "down" position to set the alarm time. The alarm will ring twice a day when the hour hand passes the alarm stem, if the alarm button is left in the pulled out position. Also, letting the alarm ring reduces the amount of time that the clock will run because it uses the same mainspring that the clock movement does.

EDIT: The preceeding description of the winding mechanism applies to the Baby Ben model. The Big Ben model has separate keys to wind the spring movements for the alarm and clock mechanisms, which are independent in this model, as well as separate stems to set the time for each. It also has a quieter, deeper toned ticking sound.

The last consideration is the ticktock sound. If you are willing to adapt to it, it can be a quite soothing form of white noise.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Corby on April 26, 2012
Color Name: Ivory Verified Purchase
Had a 60's Big Ben like this bought in early 60's. That one lasted over 30 years. Have had 2 Repos like these and they are crap. Each one only lasted about 9 to 10 months. Have had others too (wind up one) which don't even last a year. Have hearing problem and electric buzz clocks don't wake me up. Do what you want, but remember I warned you not to waste your money
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 10, 2012
Color Name: Ivory Verified Purchase
What a piece of crap! After two weeks the alarm stopped, then it fell apart, literally!Do not but this clock!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By J Novak on March 31, 2009
Color Name: Ivory Verified Purchase
Product is new and great quality. It is hard to find item in stores so was happy to get it. Far superior to the plastic ones at most stores.
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