Means Connecting Watchcase To End Of Attaching Means For Motion About Axis Transverse To Wrist Patents (Class 224/167)
  • Patent number: 11224266
    Abstract: External part for a timepiece or piece of jewellery, this external part being produced by means of a polymer matrix in which piezochromic molecules are dispersed that change from a first stable state to a second stable state while changing colour under the effect of applied pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2022
    Assignee: The Swatch Group Research and Development Ltd
    Inventors: Nicolas Francois, Claire Rannoux, Stewes Bourban
  • Patent number: 10285643
    Abstract: An assembly for a consumer product, such as a wristwatch or other wearable electronic device, can securely retain a cover member against a housing of the product. A retaining member from within the housing can engage and secure the cover member to provide a fluid barrier. The cover member can include a window or other components of a sensor device. The parts can be easily disassembled without causing permanent damage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Ryan C. Perkins, Trevor J. Ness, Tobias J. Harrison-Noonan, William H. Greenbaum, Tyler S. Bushnell, Guocheng Shao, Guanyi Gao, Christopher M. Werner, Phil M. Hobson
  • Patent number: 10258115
    Abstract: A set of watch straps include a first strap, the first strap including a first band, a first adapter, and a first lug connected in series, and a second strap, the second strap including a second band, a second adapter, and a second lug connected in series. The first lug is configured to slide into a first strap receiving groove of the watch, and the second lug is configured to slide into a second strap receiving groove of the watch. At least one of the first strap and the second strap is reversible.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Smart Strappers LLC
    Inventor: Jason Novak
  • Patent number: 9804571
    Abstract: A system that transforms the APPLE WATCH®, or a similarly constructed wearable computing device, into a jewelry or wearable accessory that is adaptable to a wide variety of styles. The system includes two pins that are compatible with the device and provide multiple functionalities. The first pin has a bail that effectively turns the device into a pendant or any accessory that is desired, and the second pin has a hinge knuckle onto which other parts—for example a cover, a second bail, or a charm—can attach. When a cover is used, the first pin has the additional functionality of being an attachment point for closure. Both pins maximize unintentional interference with the device and support the device from opposing and/or pulling forces with minimal wear. The pins work in harmony to transform the device into any wearable jewelry the user desires.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Inventors: Jessica Lee, Jonas Lee, Jamie Levin, Joshua Mendelsohn, David Mozersky, Manning Yuan, Leah Pierce
  • Patent number: 8919019
    Abstract: A biometric monitoring device and multiple carrying cases for same are provided. In some implementations, the case may be made from a flexible viscoelastic material and the biometric monitoring device may be slipped into a receptacle in the case through an opening in the case; the opening may become distended during the insertion of the biometric monitoring device. In some implementations, the case may feature a display window that, in combination with materials of the biometric monitoring device, may mask a display of the biometric monitoring device from view when the display is off and may allow the display to be seen when the display is displaying content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Fitbit, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Manuel Martinez, Michael Hans Berlinger, Keeline Burdick Wilcox, Michael Joseph Francisco, James Park
  • Patent number: 8893938
    Abstract: The present invention concerns a portable object (1). This portable object includes a case (2) to which a bracelet or strap (3) is fixed taking the form of two bracelet or strap strands. The portable object is characterized in that at least one of the bracelet or strap strands is moveably mounted to slide relative to the case so that the length of the bracelet or strap can be adjusted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: The Swatch Group Research and Development Ltd
    Inventors: Pascal Grossenbacher, Jean-François Dionne, Yves Winkler, Jean-Jacques Born, Erik Jan Frenkel
  • Patent number: 7832605
    Abstract: A strap-type watch band construction is fabricated from a blank. The blank includes three sections. A first section is folded over forming a double layer portion that is stitched and secures a buckle and a keeper and supports a watch casing, which is preferably slidably supported thereon. A second section is a single layer of the blank, extends from the first section, and includes apertures therethrough for receiving the buckle. A third section extends from the second section and is folded over to form a tip portion. The third section improves gripping and facilitates insertion of the tip portion through the buckle and the keeper. The single layer construction of the second section facilitates putting the watch band construction on the wrist as it is flexible and tends to form around the wrist.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2010
    Inventor: Michael H Bertucci
  • Patent number: 7703974
    Abstract: The invention concerns a device enabling reversibility and interchangeability of an object, such as a watch and a wrist watch, comprising at least one reversible and interchangeable element (110, 111) including a cavity (120, 121) and a removable projecting fixing element (203) integral with the bracelet or other support to be inserted axially parallel or not and to be moved in parallel with the element to the cavity (120, 121) up to a stop position and brought by rotation into its fixing position. The removable fixing element (203) can be made in different embodiments desired by a user. The device comprises a cavity in the middles (110, 111) wherein is housed the base (210) of a pivot (211) of the removable fixing element (203) which is integral with one end of the bracelet (204), whereby a rotational motion is imparted to a watch case (100, 104) and to its bracelet (204), independently of each other, so as to provide a watch with interchangeable double dial and a double-sided bracelet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2010
    Inventor: Eric Bouille
  • Patent number: 7201020
    Abstract: A band that may be utilized for a timepiece, such as a watch, is disclosed. The band may have a plurality of joined links, and each link includes a cover member, an extension element, a first springbar, and a second springbar. The extension element defines a first channel and a second channel, the first springbar extends through the first channel to secure the extension element to the cover member, and the second springbar extends through the second channel to join the extension element to an adjacent cover member. In addition, the cover member is configured to join with an adjacent extension element that is separate from the extension element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2007
    Assignee: Nike, Inc.
    Inventor: Philip Andrew Frank
  • Patent number: 6568573
    Abstract: A watch case with an interchangeable bracelet system includes a back with a neck to which a portion of a bracelet is removably coupled. A closure element closes the neck and pinches the bracelet against the back of the case. Preferably, the closure element is a ring that is attached to the back of the case by means of a bayonet device consisting of a lug that is inserted in a mating hollow. To prevent accidental separation of the closure element from the case, a compression joint may be placed in a seat provided in either the back of the case or in the closure element. The closure element compresses the joint and frictionally prevents accidental opening. The device enables the bracelet to be changed easily without tools.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2003
    Inventors: Louis Dominique Manigley, Marco Scarinzi, Renato Scarinzi
  • Patent number: 6168055
    Abstract: Strap 9 and case 1 assembly destined to be worn on the wrist with the strap 9 being fixed in a removable manner at its respective ends 10 linking up with connecting portions of the case 1. At least one of the connecting portions includes a hole 8 designed to receive a fastening part 16 of a decorative item 14, the corresponding end 10 of the strap 9 projecting into the hole 8 to lock the said decorative item 14 in place.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 1998
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2001
    Inventor: Christian Grados
  • Patent number: 6158884
    Abstract: A portable electronic device adapted to be worn on a user's wrist including an electronic unit including a transceiver for receiving and transmitting messages and a watch included within the electronic unit having movements for displaying a time of day. A wrist band including a plurality of electrically conductive fibers is electrically coupled to the electronic unit thereby creating an electronic circuit. A power source is integrated with the plurality of electrically conductive fibers fabricating the wrist band. At least one display is integrated with the electronic unit for the display of informative data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 1998
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2000
    Assignee: Motorola, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael S. Lebby, Karen E. Jachimowicz, Davis H. Hartman
  • Patent number: 5732048
    Abstract: In the 6h-12h axis of the watchcase (1), two vertical bores (9) are made in the middle (2) of the watchcase. Inserted in these bores is one metal cylinder (10) each with a horizontal bore (12) and a vertical bore (14). Screwed into the horizontal bore (12), which has been provided with a threading (11), is a screw (23), which fastens the band connection (21) to the side (33) of the middle (2). Screwed into the vertical bore (14), which has been provided with an internal threading (13), is a screw (18) which fastens the back cover (3) of the watchcase to the middle (2). In the side (33) at 6h and 12h one horizontal or vertical ground area (22) each is foreseen in which the band connections (21) are somewhat recessed. Achieved through this configuration is that the band connections (21) for fastening the watchband have no play and do not turn.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 1996
    Date of Patent: March 24, 1998
    Assignee: Vacuum Chronometer Corporation
    Inventor: Hans U. Klingenberg
  • Patent number: 5589981
    Abstract: Retroreflective target for laser ranging embodying at least one hollow cube corner retroreflector constituted by three reflective surfaces which are substantially planar and perpendicular to each other and intersect at three edges which are substantially orthogonal and converge at an apex (S), the cube corner retroreflector being associated with a geometrical normal at the same angle to each of the edges, the target including a reference point (O) substantially on the normal on the opposite side to the reflective surfaces at a distance e..sqroot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 1995
    Date of Patent: December 31, 1996
    Assignee: Aerospatiale Societe Nationale Industrielle
    Inventors: Michel Kasser, Glenn Lund
  • Patent number: 5146437
    Abstract: A bracelet watch comprises a removable flexible bracelet (2), the ends (5) of which are reinforced by an elastic tubular blade (6) or a cylindrical jaw inserted into a sleeve (7) removably fitting into a drilling (13) made in one side (1a) of the case (1) of the watch. A pawl mechanism (11, 16) is fitted for this assembly system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 1991
    Date of Patent: September 8, 1992
    Assignee: Boucheron
    Inventor: Alain Boucheron
  • Patent number: 5086418
    Abstract: A luminescent featured watch includes a molded plastic case and watchband formed of a luminescent material. A plurality of luminescent and nonluminescent opaque design elements are supported upon the luminescent portions of the watch to provide a change in appearance of the watch between high ambient light and darkened light conditions. The luminescent materials of the watch cause the watch to glow in a darkened environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 1991
    Date of Patent: February 4, 1992
    Inventor: Mark W. Marcus
  • Patent number: 4903253
    Abstract: A watch case comprises a frame (5), a crystal (6) that may be welded or glued to the frame, and a base (13) that is fastened removably to the frame. The underside of the frame contains an undercut (16) that is covered by the base and that is shaped like the band end (2) which is inserted therein. The base includes at least one projection (17) shaped so as to pass through a matching opening (18) provided in the end of the band.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 1989
    Date of Patent: February 20, 1990
    Assignee: ETA SA Fabriques d'Ebauches
    Inventors: Francois Nikles, Gaston Gagnebin, Marco Bettelini
  • Patent number: 4862435
    Abstract: An improved combination bracelet and wristwatch comprising a watch case including a bezel, a crystal, and a case back, the watch case containing a movement, dial and hands disposed therein, said hands being viewable from one side of the case through the crystal, the case back defining a recessed well facing the exterior side and having a decorative insert disposed in said well, a pair of opposed spindles projecting from opposite sides of the bezel, a bracelet attachment including articulated chain elements, and means attached between selected chain elements and said spindles for rotatably and pivotally mounting said watch case on said bracelet attachment.In a preferred embodiment of the invention, the means rotatably mounting the watch case comprising a pair of collars disposed on said spindles and having a pair of hooks each extending through an articulated chain element and having opposed ends pivotally cooperating with said collars.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 1988
    Date of Patent: August 29, 1989
    Assignee: Timex Corporation
    Inventors: Judith Reichel, Kristin M. Olsen
  • Patent number: 4722179
    Abstract: A hinge for a watchband, bracelet or the like which includes adjacent interconnected elements defining therebetween a cylindrical or a spherical chamber, a cylindrical or spherical housing in the chamber, a pair of connecting studs pivotally connected to each other within the housing and projecting outwarding therefrom through cross-bores, the studs being connected to the links and the cylindrical or spherical housing totally hiding the connection through gaps at top or bottom sides of the links in any position of relative articulation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 1986
    Date of Patent: February 2, 1988
    Inventor: Bernard Tesch
  • Patent number: 4401388
    Abstract: A wristwatch having a bangle adapted for removable connection at one end to the lug on the wristwatch bezel, and for permanent rotatable connection at the other end. The invention comprises an improvement in the permanent connection comprising a plastic retainer held in the lug on the bezel. The bangle end is held via a "fir tree" interference fit with the plastic retainer upon assembly. The bangle is rotatable, yet provides a preferred orientation of the bangle and mild friction against rotation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 1982
    Date of Patent: August 30, 1983
    Assignee: Timex Corporation
    Inventor: Alec R. Mearns