Westclox Pocket Ben with Lighted Dial Confusion

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  1. sbex55

    sbex55 Registered User

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    Hello. I have a Pocket Ben with a Lighted Dial. I'm trying to determine the production date. Here are some pictures:

    6157_movement_small.JPG 6157_back_small.JPG 6157_inside_small.JPG 6157_front_small.JPG

    I believe the production date is 1949 since a '49' is stamped on the second lower plate. I'm confused because this watch seems to use a watch battery to energize the light (which is missing). Watch batteries were invented in the 1950's but the '49' has me confused. What do I have wrong?

    Thanks,

    Scott.
     
  2. Jim Haney

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    scott,
    The 49 is not the date. They stopped stamping the date on the top plate in the 50's, it was the month and 2 digits for the year.

    The small diode light is missing on your watch. It is a small tube light that sticks thru the hole by the 6 and when the button is pressed lights up the dial from the front as the dial is metal coated with paper.
     
  3. sbex55

    sbex55 Registered User

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    Now it makes sense. Thank you Jim!

    Scott.
     
  4. PW Collector

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    Scott,
    You are also missing the plastic plate with the metal contact to the battery. Mine is missing the battery, but somewhere I read where it takes a LR44 or SR44 battery. Attached are pictures of mine.
    Dave
     

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  5. sbex55

    sbex55 Registered User

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    Dave - thanks for the information. Great pictures!
     
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