Separate Fastener Securing Watch Pin Or Bail Bar To End Of Attaching Means Patents (Class 224/177)
  • Patent number: 11262704
    Abstract: A watch case for a wristwatch including a watch middle, at least one strut for supporting the watch middle, the strut extending beyond the space occupied by the watch middle, a device for removably attaching a watch strap to the strut. The watch case further includes a member for fixing the strut or one of the struts to the watch middle, the removable attachment device being formed when the strut is fixed to the watch middle, and the fixing member includes a device for detaching the strut from the watch middle, configured to allow release of the strut from the watch middle without using tools, the strut being removably fixed to the watch middle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2022
    Assignee: ETA SA Manufacture Horlogere Suisse
    Inventor: Didier Finck
  • Patent number: 10809666
    Abstract: A low-profile band latch mechanism that is configured to connect a wristband to a fitness tracker or other wrist-wearable device is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: Fitbit, Inc.
    Inventors: Patrick James Markan, Jeffrey Andrew Fisher, Benjamin Patrick Robert Jean Riot, Yu Chuan Kang, Stephen Ronald Smilovitz
  • Patent number: 10285475
    Abstract: A necklace adapter for use with a smart watch is described. The necklace adapter generally includes an adapter base for connection to the smart watch and a retainer assembly for releasable attachment to a necklace of a user. The retainer assembly includes a hollow lower stem attached to the adapter base and having a first clasp member and a solid shaft, movably mounted within the lower stem, having a second clasp member. The solid stem and second clasp member are movable from a first closed position forming a closed loop with the first clasp member to a second open position spaced from the first clasp member. A spring is provided to bias the solid stem and second clasp member to the first closed position. In one embodiment, the retainer assembly is connected to the adapter base by a ball joint connection to adjust the position of the smart watch for the convenience of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Inventor: Francis Edward Tully, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9010593
    Abstract: System for connecting a bracelet to a watch case by means of a link, the watch case comprising a caseband and a back cover, the link comprising a first hollow element and a second element partly nesting in the first hollow element, the first hollow element carrying a first means of fastening to the watch case and the second element carrying a second means of fastening to an adjacent bracelet link, characterized in that the watch case includes a mechanical device arranged to pivot the second element about a transverse axis to the longitudinal direction of the bracelet, the second element transmitting the pivoting motion thereof to the first element which pivots in turn and which is pressed against the caseband of the watch case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: The Swatch Group Management Services AG
    Inventor: Philipp Tschumi
  • Patent number: 8978942
    Abstract: A wristband assembly comprises a first portion having a first length, a second portion having a second length, and a release mechanism. The release mechanism is configured to establish a pre-defined pre-load that corresponds to the magnitude of tension load at which the first portion is released from the second portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Inventor: Brian K. Bell
  • Patent number: 8770831
    Abstract: A coupling pin connection for releasably attaching a watchband to a watchcase. The watchband includes an end connector that defines an aperture for interfitting engagement with a lug member projecting from the watchcase. The lug member defines a groove in communication with a recessed section formed in the watchcase. The end connector includes bore extending through shoulder portions on opposite sides of the aperture. A coupling pin member is selectively insertable through registered alignment of the bore and the groove. The coupling pin member further includes a spline. The spline is adapted for engagement within the recessed section when the coupling pin member is rotatable about its longitudinal axis to provide positive securement of the watchband to the watchcase.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: Invicta Watch Company of America, Inc.
    Inventor: Eyal Lalo
  • Patent number: 8475035
    Abstract: A wrist watch-style timepiece includes a means for secure mounting onto a variety of common hunting weapons, such as a rifle, a crossbow, a shotgun or a bow. The mounting members are envisioned to include a variety of straps and closures configured to accommodate the selected type of weapon and to be connected to the timepiece by mounting collars. The timepiece is intended to show the time in a glow-in-the-dark display in a user's line of sight, thereby avoiding any rustling sounds associated with consulting a wrist watch or pocket timepiece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2013
    Inventor: Cindy Harrington
  • Patent number: 8235585
    Abstract: A device for fastening a wrist strap, in particular a watch strap, to a case, in particular to a watch case, the device having a linking member, to one end of which a strap end member of the wrist strap can be fastened and the other end of which can be fastened to a wrist strap pin attached laterally to said case. The linking member has at the bottom thereof an indentation which is appreciably elbowed in longitudinal section and opens into a groove which is suitable for receiving the wrist strap pin and is oriented transversely to the longitudinal axis of the wrist strap. A securing element, which is biased against said case and has an interlocking projection located therein, is arranged on the linking member in such a way that the securing element can assume two positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2012
    Assignee: Richemont International S.A.
    Inventor: Ferdinand Speichinger
  • Publication number: 20120111905
    Abstract: A wristband assembly comprises a first portion having a first length, a second portion having a second length, and a release mechanism. The release mechanism is configured to establish a pre-defined pre-load that corresponds to the magnitude of tension load at which the first portion is released from the second portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 10, 2010
    Publication date: May 10, 2012
    Inventor: Brian K. Bell
  • Patent number: 7954680
    Abstract: A band with a reinforced construction. The band has an attachment portion that defines a connector bar passage, a reinforcement pin passage and a reinforcement plate recess intersecting both the connector bar passage and the reinforcement pin passage. The band also has a reinforcement plate and a reinforcement pin. The reinforcement plate defines a connector bar aperture and a reinforcement pin aperture, and is positioned within the reinforcement plate recess such that the connector bar aperture intersects the connector bar passage and the reinforcement pin aperture intersects the reinforcement pin passage. Typically, the reinforcement plate is formed from a resilient material, such as metal or hard plastic. The reinforcement pin is positioned within the reinforcement pin passage such that the reinforcement pin extends through the reinforcement pin aperture of the reinforcement plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2011
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: James A. Ishihara, Jason Lane Johnson, Dexter M. Balansag, So Chi Chuen
  • Patent number: 7628530
    Abstract: A watch case construction incorporating a pair of watch band lugs. The watch case may include an upper casing portion defining two opposing pairs of upper casing apertures and a lower casing portion defining two opposing pairs of lower casing apertures, with the upper casing portion being mated to the lower casing portion so that each upper casing aperture overlaps a lower casing aperture. The watch case also has a pair of opposing band lugs, with each band lug having a band portion for affixing a band thereto and a pair of attachment portions each defining a lug aperture. The attachment portions are interposed between the upper casing portion and the lower portion so that each lug aperture overlaps an upper casing aperture and a lower casing aperture. Still further, the case will include a plurality of fasteners, with a fastener extending through each of the upper casing apertures, the lug apertures, and the lower casing apertures to secure the band lug to the watch casing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2009
    Assignee: Nike, Inc.
    Inventors: Bo Stefan Andren, Stephen D. Berry
  • Patent number: 7507018
    Abstract: To provide a wristwatch in which an attachment/detachment operation of an end piece of a band in regard to bow feet of a case band is easy. A concave part is formed in a back face of an end piece of a band and, under a state in which the piece is received in a bow crotch between adjoining bow feet, through-holes facing on attachment holes of the bow feet are respectively provided in side walls of the piece. The rotation member is rotatably held in the concave part. From one end to the other end, one pair of cam holes of shapes in which distances in regard to a center of a rotation member become gradually small are point-symmetrically provided in the rotation member, and a rotation operation groove is provided between these cam holes. Connection end parts of one pair of connection members forming L-shapes are passed through the through-holes, and cam follower end parts of the connection members are inserted into the cam holes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2009
    Assignee: Seiko Instruments Inc.
    Inventors: Yoshio Hozumi, Nobukazu Omori
  • Patent number: 7210844
    Abstract: To provide a wristwatch in which a band can be easily attached to and detached from a case band without using an exclusive tool, in which a sufficient attachment strength with respect to the case band can be ensured, and moreover whose use feeling is good. Bow feet each of which has an attachment hole are protrusively provided in a case band, and a bow crotch receiving an end piece (case band connection end part) of a band capable of being attached to and detached from the case band so as to be capable of being put in and taken out is formed between the bow feet. An operation opening is provided in the end piece. A coupler having possessed a tubular rotation body and coupling axles is internally mounted in the end piece. The tubular rotation body has female screws, and the coupling axles are meshed with these female screws. The tubular rotation body is provided while facing on the operation opening, and manual-rotation-operated from an outside of the end piece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2007
    Assignee: Seiko Instruments Inc.
    Inventors: Haruki Hiranuma, Nobukazu Omori
  • Patent number: 6921006
    Abstract: One-piece and two-piece watchbands may be quickly and easily installed on a watch of the wearer's choice and may just as easily be removed and replaced with another watchband to provide color and style coordination with other items of the wearer's chosen wardrobe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2005
    Inventor: Tonya Daree Bauer
  • Patent number: 6913411
    Abstract: A coupling structure of a watch band in which a coupling member such as a coupling pin or a hair pin does not sup from a coupling hole even if a user practices strenuous sports or a rotation and a twist are always applied to the coupling portion due to use for years, and a method of manufacturing a piece member for the band coupling structure. In a coupling structure of a band comprising a plurality of piece members, a projection protruded in a central direction of a coupling hole from an internal wall of the coupling hole is formed on an outer end of the coupling hole in the piece member positioned on an outside in a transverse direction, and a coupling member is inserted in the coupling hole provided in the transverse direction of the piece member and is engaged with the projection, thereby coupling the piece members to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2005
    Assignee: Citizen Watch Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jindai Yamakawa, Mamoru Sano, Hideo Taguchi
  • Publication number: 20020070252
    Abstract: One-piece and two-piece watchbands may be quickly and easily installed on a watch of the wearer's choice and may just as easily be removed and replaced with another watchband to provide color and style coordination with other items of the wearer's chosen wardrobe.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 2, 2001
    Publication date: June 13, 2002
    Inventor: Tonya Daree Bauer
  • Patent number: 6328188
    Abstract: A removable link for use in an arrangement comprising a plurality of interlocking links is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2000
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2001
    Assignee: Timex Group B.V.
    Inventors: George S. Boznos, Fong Hay Lo
  • Patent number: 5398218
    Abstract: A pair of band connecting lugs are formed on opposite sides of the watch case. Each lug has a groove formed on the underside of the lug in the lateral direction with respect to the band, an opening of the groove having a smaller width than a width of the groove. A band has a pair of cylindrical portions forming a recess there-between. A connecting pin comprising a solid pin and a hollow pin slidably mounted on the solid pin is engaged with the cylindrical potions of the band. The solid pin has a small diameter portion which is able to pass the opening of the groove. Each of the solid pin and the hollow pin has a large diameter portion which is engageable with the groove and is unable to pass the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 1994
    Date of Patent: March 14, 1995
    Assignee: Citizen Watch Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Louis Munnier, Hidekichi Ichikawa
  • Patent number: 5215235
    Abstract: A watch band the effective length of which is elongated so that the watch can be worn on a ski glove is disclosed. An end of the band is folded back at a spring loaded pin attached to a case of a watch at one side thereof and connected to the pin. A middle portion of the band is folded back at a connecting link having a slit. The other end of the band is secured to an adjusting link and fixed to a middle portion of the band by a grasping portion provided on the adjusting link.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 1992
    Date of Patent: June 1, 1993
    Assignee: Citizen Watch Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yasuo Maekawa, Takashi Masuda, Tomomi Murakami, Masahiko Waki, Takayuki Takahashi
  • Patent number: 5119351
    Abstract: This arrangement for attaching the strands (1) of a bracelet to the watch case (3) includes, for each of the strands, at least one horn (4) attached to the caseband (10) and a lug (5) for connecting the horn to the strand. The horn comprises at least two thin plates (6) cut out to shape and juxtaposed. A part of such plates is introduced into a blind housing (7) formed in the caseband to receive a pin (8) which is introduced into a first hole provided in the caseband and second holes (15) provided in the plates in order to secure the horn to the case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 1991
    Date of Patent: June 2, 1992
    Assignee: Montres Rado S.A.
    Inventor: Paul Gogniat
  • Patent number: 4785982
    Abstract: A structure comprising a watch case; a pair of lugs each extending from the watch case and having an upper surface in a lower position than the upper surface of the watch case; a band; and a connector secured to the underside of the end portion of the band, the band being closely attached to the watch case by placing the end of the band on the upper surfaces of the lugs and tightening cone point screws into threaded holes provided near distal ends of the sides of the lugs so that the cone points of the screws hold firmly a pair of attachment openings provided in said connector against the watch case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 1987
    Date of Patent: November 22, 1988
    Assignee: Citizen Watch Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Michihiro Iwamura, Eiichi Kitabayashi, Masataka Matsumoto, Toshio Murata, Tadao Enomoto, Junichi Nishikawa
  • Patent number: 4605312
    Abstract: A watchband/watchcase connection includes a bridge component which is permanently connected to the watchband, a lug component which is rigid with the watchcase, and a connecting component which connects the bridge component and the lug component, and this the watchband to the watchcase, in an assembled condition. The lug component has a channel which extends transversely as considered in the assembled condition, and the bridge component has two spaced bridge portions which are spaced from the watchband to receive the lug component between the bridge component and the watchband, and from one another in the longitudinal direction of the watchband to bound a gap that is aligned with the channel in the assembled condition. The connecting component has a first portion which is substantially snugly received in the channel, and two second portions which engage the two bridge portions, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 1985
    Date of Patent: August 12, 1986
    Assignee: Duchess Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Quentin Sellier
  • Patent number: 4466745
    Abstract: In watches to be worn on the body, the support member such as a wrist strap or neck band often is secured to the watch by means of a connecting member at a distance from the periphery of the watch casing. Generally tongue portions are formed on the watch casing and the connecting members fitted thereto and secured against movement in a direction opposite to the fitting direction by complex means such as screw and springs. In the improved watch casing of the invention, tongue portions (1a) are formed on the casing shell (1). The connecting members (4) which can be fitted from above engage into recesses in the tongue portions and are thereby secured in position transversely with respect to the direction of fitting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 1981
    Date of Patent: August 21, 1984
    Assignee: Heinz Hermann Weick
    Inventor: Jean E. Eichmann
  • Patent number: 4307824
    Abstract: Watchband attachment to a wristwatch is described in which support structure having a pin mounted thereon is connected to the watch case. An end of the watchband is wrapped around the pin and includes a slot for passage of the support structure, which includes a channel between the pin and the watch case for passage of the watchband.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 1980
    Date of Patent: December 29, 1981
    Assignee: S. T. Dupont
    Inventor: Jean G. Malamoud
  • Patent number: 4266326
    Abstract: A watch band is provided which includes a locking connector means and a watch case male lug. The male lug has flat parallel spaced raised surfaces, the female portion of the connector has two spaced top faces which overlie but are closer together than the raised surfaces of the lug and at least one side wall having a lowered segment between two raised segments providing a suitable configuration for passage of a locking member. The locking member has a neck portion for abuttment of the faces of the female member and shoulder portions, the edges of which abut the sidefaces of the raised surfaces of the male lug when the male lug and female portion of the connector are interengaged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 1979
    Date of Patent: May 12, 1981
    Inventor: Lai F. Hong
  • Patent number: 4231502
    Abstract: A bracelet for connection to a watch casing, having a lug with a retaining boss, includes a band with a hollow housing across one end. The hollow housing has a wide opening for receiving the lug. A captive resilient element in the housing is deflectable therein to pass the lug and is releasable to a lug retaining position for engagement with the boss.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 1978
    Date of Patent: November 4, 1980
    Inventor: Stanley Meyerson
  • Patent number: 4147285
    Abstract: A jewelry wristband is characterized by a flexible section adapted to conform to the wrist of the wearer with spring clips at each end to permit positive but releasable connection of jewelry or watch tips which are adapted to be placed at opposite ends of the watch. In addition, an intermediate expander section comprising arcuate plates hinged together is interposed in the flexible section to facilitate adjustment of the length of the flexible section to conform to the size of the wrist. The spring closure at each end of the flexible sections has a closed end of arcuate configuration and broad flat, generally rectangular leaf spring portions which diverge away from the connecting ends of the flexible section within the closed end, one spring portion being biased into a closed position within the return portion of the closed end so as to securely retain the ends of a watch tip or the like in place.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 1977
    Date of Patent: April 3, 1979
    Inventor: Samuel M. Bobrick