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Date/Report Number …..022613.FN21HY.04 Item:   LASALLE ILLINOIS WESTCLOX 1959-1964
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Description of item: VINTAGE RARE LASALLE ILLINOIS WESTCLOX 1959-1964 WRIST WATCH WITH THE LAST WESTCLOX MADE LASALLE ILLINOIS SCREW BRIDGE W3 MANUAL WIND MOVEMENT WITH BLACK LEATHER STRAP

.Estimated Retail Replacement Value $225.00


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LASALLE ILLINOIS
WESTCLOX
1959-1964
WRIST WATCH

WITH

THE LAST
WESTCLOX MADE
LASALLE ILLINOIS
SCREW BRIDGE
W3
MANUAL WIND
MOVEMENT

WITH

BLACK LEATHER STRAP

 

WESTCLOX

Charles Stahlberg and partners formed United Clock Company on December 5, 1885 in Peru, Illinois with the goal of manufacturing clocks based on a patented technological innovation by Stahlberg which used lead with brass bushings for plates.

In 1887, the company reorganized as "Western Clock Company" and then went bankrupt and was reorganized by F. W. Matthiessen in 1888 as the "Western Clock Manufacturing Company."

In 1908, the company was granted a patent for the "Big Ben" alarm clock movement. This movement had a "bell-back" design, which meant the bell mechanism was integral to the clock's case.

Western Manufacturing Clock Company introduced the Big Ben in 1909.

In 1910,  the Big Ben became the first alarm clock advertised nationally, with ads placed in the Saturday Evening Post.

In 1910, The modern trademark of the company, "Westclox," first appeared on the backs of Big Ben alarm clocks from 1910 to 1917.

The name appeared on Big Ben dials as early in 1911.

Western Manufacturing Clock Company  was shortened to   "Western Clock Company" in 1912.

The trademark WESTCLOX was officially registered by the company on January 18, 1916.

In 1919, Western Clock Co., Ltd., was incorporated.

In 1931, WESTCLOX merged with Seth Thomas Clock Company.

Both companies became a division of General Time Corporation.

Westclox became known as "Westclox Division of General Time Corporation" in 1936..

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THE WESTCLOX MILITARY WATCH
M102 26D 21J  M101 7J  M101 17J MIL VERSIONS

THIS OFFER IS FOR AN ORIGINAL FIRST EDITION 1959-1961 WESTCLOX MILITARY WATCH.  THIS WAS THE LAST WESTCLOX WITH STEEL SCREW DOWN BACK ON A CHROMIUM CASE --MADE IN GERMANY-- WITH A LASALLE ILLINOIS MADE SCREW BRIDGE MOVEMENT.

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1964 17J HONG KONG 1968 MIL VERSION 7J
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1969 M102 21J HONG KONG

1970 MIL VERSION 7J

 

FOLLOWING THIS VERY MODEL, WESTCLOX INTRODUCED A SERIES OF MOVEMENTS BY SEIKO AND JEAMBRUN THAT CONTAINED 7 TO 21 JEWELS AND WERE GOOD ENOUGH TO BE PLACED INTO THE 1968 VIETNAM WAR U.S. MILITARY  ISSUED Mil-W-46374 WESTCLOX WITH A JEAMBRUN 7J 26D, THEN THE  1970 WESTCLOX Mil-W-46374 WITH A-201 17J SEIKO 66B , AND THE SEIKO D-407 7 JEWEL MOVEMENT.

BEFORE AND DURING THIS SAME PERIOD, WESTCLOX INTRODUCED THE PX AND R&R VERSIONS THAT UTILIZED THE SAME CASE THAT THIS WESTCLOX HAS BUT BUILT IN HONG KONG WITH THE FRENCH JEAMBRUN 17J M101 AND 21J M102 MANUAL WIND MOVEMENTS.

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1970 MIL. VER. CASE BK
MOV BELOW
WESTCLOX

1968 MIL. VER. CASE BK
MOV BELOW
WESTCLOX

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THUS THIS WESTCLOX WAS THE FIRST MADE. IT FEATURES RADIUM HANDS WITH HOUR MARKERS AND SWEEP SECONDS HAND.

THIS PARTICULAR MODEL WAS SOLD IN THE USA UNTIL 1964 WHEN THE FIRST BLACK DIAL MILITARY LOOKING WESTCLOX WAS ISSUED.

WESTCLOX HAD A MILITARY WATCH FOR VIETNAM TROOPS FROM 1964 THROUGH 1970. THE MOVEMENTS WOULD CHANGE WITH SUPPLIERS METING CONTRACTS RATHER THAN INTENTIONAL DESIGN.

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WESTCLOX
MIL-W-46374A

WESTCLOX PX-R&R
21J & 17 J

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THE ABOVE
WESTCLOX
HAS A GERMAN MADE CASE
GERMANY HAD A LARGE WATCH CASE
SECTOR DURING THE 1950'S

WESTCLOX CONTRACTED WITH GERMANY
TO PRODUCE WHAT WOULD ECOME
THE WESTCLOX MILITARY WATCHES
SOLD IN THE PX SYSTEM AND
AT VIETNAM ERA R&R DESTINTIONS

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CASES WERE SHIPPED TO
LASALLE ILLINOIS

WHERE THE MOVEMENTS WERE
MADE AND THE WATCHES ASSEMBLED
THE LAST INEXPENSIVE
PIN LEVER MOVEMENTS WERE BUILT
IN THE SAME LOCATION

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WESTCLOX
WOULD USE THE SAME CASE DESIGN
FOR THE BLACK RADIUM DIALED
MILITARY WATCHES
AND
WOULD CONTRACT
WITH HONG KONG CASE MAKERS

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NOTE THE HANDS
ARE RADIUM HANDS


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WE PLACED A SIMPLE BLACK
LEATHER STRAP ON THIS
WESTCLOX

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THIS CASE WAS MADE IN GERMANY
AFTER THIS MODEL HONG KONG WOULD BECOME
THE FAMOUS WESTCLOX CASE MAKER AND HONG KONG
WOULD SELL THE MOST WESTCLOX MILITARY WATCHES

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WE HAVE RESTORED 140 WESTCLOX MILITARY WATCHES,
BOTH US MILITARY ISSUE AND R&R-PX VERSIONS.
THIS IS ONE OF THE EARLIST VERSIONS THAT WOULD BECOME
THE VIETNAM ERA MILITARY WESTCLOX WATCH WITH
SCREW DOWM STEEL BACK CHROMIUM CASES WITH
RADIUM HANDS AND HOUR MARKERS

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THIS IS THE LAST WESTCLOX MADE MOVEMENT TO BE PLACED
IN WHAT WOULD BECOME THE FAMOUS R&R PX WESTCLOX MILITARY WATCHES AND THE WESTCLOX GOVERNMENT ISSUED WESTCLOX
DURING THE VIETNAM WAR . .

AFTER THIS SCREW BRIDGE MOVEMENT MADE IN
LASALLE ILLINOIS CAME THE JAPANESE SEIKO &
FRENCH JEAMBRUN 7 17 & 21 JEWEL MOVEMENTS

[NOTE: WESTCLOX MADE THIS MOVEMENT WITH SCREWS INSTEAD OF RIVETS.
ALLOWING THIS MOVEMENT TO BE REPAIRED PRETTY RARE FOR THESE MOVEMENTS]


THIS MOVEMENT WAS ONE OF THE FIRST BY WESTCLOX TO FEATURE
THE STEM GAP. AN INTENTIONAL SPACING OF THE MOVEMENT TO ALLOW
FOR MOISTURE  TO DROP RATHER THAN TRAVEL INTO MOVEMENT.

LINK:
LARGER CASE WITH SQUARE RETAINER UTILIZED IN SOME WWII MILITARY WATCHES
TO REDUCE MOISTURE CREEP CLICK THIS LINK TO READ ABOUT THE 4 SQUARE WWII OMEGA