355  "The Cathedral"

Made of the famous Bakelite in a rich walnut color.  Is 5 1/2 inches wide, 7 1/4 inches high and 3 1/2 inches deep.  The 3 inch dial is finished in silver.  The Cathedral model withstands changes in temperature and moisture; retains its high lustre, will not scratch easily and requires no polishing.

The 355 was Telechron's first star.  Someone got the bright idea of making a clock people could actually afford and it took off.  This the was most imitated Telechron ever; every electric clock company who was anybody had a cathedral-design.  The early ones had the bronze back, a cord grommet and brass lugs for the rear screws fitted to the case (see below).  Probably 4 in 5 Cathedrals came with the famously-ill-fitting bakelite back (that screwed right into the plastic case) and removable plug.  Later models had a painted, ivory dial but a proper, closed rear that showed the model number.

back to the Early Yearsto the 401 Wall Telechron

flasher ad featuring the 355


The early Cathedrals sported brass lugs right in the case to mount the movement and movement cover.  Then someone asked, "What are we--nuts?" and they just tapped right into the bakelite from then on.