Westclox 16S 0J Pocket Ben dollar pocket watch, steel plate movement with brass gear addition for the sweep second function, silver-toned metal dial with bold black Arabic-style numbers and a sunburst design finish is marked "Westclox Pocket Ben" and has a small bit of discoloration near the edge of the dial at 6 o'clock, faceted black steel wedge-style hands and a silver sweep second hand, smooth polish friction-fit white base metal (WBM) case with a rounded bezel detail around the crystal lip supporting the heavy domed acrylic crystal and a fancy bow, case is showing light even wear overall with some small spots of discoloration on the back bezel and bow, measures approx. 50mm in diameter x 60mm in length x 16mm thick (crystal included). A very clean and attractive dollar watch with an unusual sweep second from the mid-1900s in excellent condition!
- Year Made: mid 1900s
- Company: Westclox
- Jewels: 0
- Setting/Movement Type:
- Model/Grade: Pocket Ben
- Movement Details: steel plate finish
- Dial Material: metal
- Dial Color: silver
- Hand Style:
- Case Style:
Base Metal - Silver/White
Case Length, bow included:
- Crystal Material: acrylic
This watch is in good running condition, unless otherwise noted in the description. This means that on receipt, pending any item-specific running conditions noted in the description, you can expect the watch to be winding and setting properly and to run smoothly while keeping reasonable time. We consider "reasonable time" to meet these basic guidelines:
- Railroad Grade Watches will be keeping +/- 5 minutes per day
- Pocket and Wrist Watches with 15 or more jewels will be keeping +/- 10 minutes per day
- All key wind watches and watches with 14 or fewer jewels will be keeping +/- 15 minutes per day
The above guideline is the lowest standard in which we would ship out a watch, however in most cases, you will see much better timekeeping. Most of our watches have been in storage for many years, so if you plan on carrying/wearing them everyday, you should consider having them cleaned and oiled soon, and then once a year thereafter to keep them in top running condition. If the watches will be for occasional use or display, they should be cleaned and serviced every 3 to 5 years depending on use.
As of November 28th, 2022, we are not offering a cleaning and service option through PM Time Service. While we do hope to offer this again in the future, we are unfortunately unable to meet customer requests for watch servicing at this time. Please note that, unless otherwise mentioned within the "Full Description" tab, this watch is being sold in good running condition and is ready to wear or carry on arrival.
Unlike modern quartz watches, most vintage watches need daily winding in order to keep the watch functioning for timekeeping. Additionally, there are a number of different ways to set the time other than simply pulling the crown away from the watch body. We are happy to provide an overview of each of the different setting types on our "How To Use" page
, where we also provide information on proper winding techniques for each style and some suggestions for the proper long term care and storage of your watch.
The production of dollar watches (which, by 1896, did actually cost exactly $1.00) began in the 1870's in an effort to offer a more affordable watch that nearly anyone could purchase. These watches often utilized dials made of inexpensive materials, utilized fewer parts, were non-jeweled or single-jeweled movements and often were simply finished with no damascene, engravings, etc.
Due to the manufacturing process, if this style of watch is damaged and needs repairs, it is often cost prohibitive to locate the parts (and a willing watchmaker) to make the attempt. During the design process, it was not a high consideration to accommodate repairs and in many cases, movements were completed with spot-welds instead of screws and it is nearly impossible to disassemble these watches without damaging them.
While a lower overall quality than most of the jeweled movements of the other American watch companies, with proper care a dollar watch can be expected to be in use for decades. We offer this overview of the potential repair issues so that a new owner can make an informed purchase and be aware that this style of watch should be treated with a little extra care when in use.
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