Watch Strap Patents (Class 24/265WS)
  • Patent number: 6119315
    Abstract: A folding clasp for a wrist-watch, having at least one folding arm (1, 2) articulated with respect to a base plate (3) and a locking device (4) located on the base plate (3). The locking device (4) includes a mobile part (4.5) permitting a locking with an inclined end face (1.1, 2.1) of the at least one folding arm (1, 2) folded down on displacing the mobile part (4.5) in plane (TT') substantially perpendicular to the opening/closing plane (00') of the at least one folding arm (1, 2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2000
    Assignee: Vacheron & Constantin S.A.
    Inventor: Jacques H. Gay
  • Patent number: 6108876
    Abstract: A watchband or decorative wristband is structured with a concealed money-retaining compartment which allows the wearer to store money on the wearer's person without having to remove articles of clothing or otherwise partially disrobe in an effort to retrieve the money, as is typically required with known devices for carrying concealed money on one's person. The watchband of the present invention is adaptable to any variety of watch type or style.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2000
    Assignee: Chisco, Inc.
    Inventor: Gary Hubbert
  • Patent number: 6101842
    Abstract: A bracelet with decorative elements and support elements includes a front sections of the decorative elements with in one a semi-cylindrical hollow and in another a projection of corresponding dimensions to permit two juxtaposed decorative elements to be maintained in position whilst permitting their articulation; the support elements have a shape inscribed within the recess of the decorative elements, an end of this support element has a coupling member formed by a convex semi-cylindrical surface provided with a coaxial hole, the other end of this support element includes two laterally separated coupling members each formed by a convex semi-cylindrical surface and provided with coaxial holes; and pins passing through the holes of two adjacent support members effect their coupling and permit their articulation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2000
    Assignee: Conseils et Manufactures VLG SA
    Inventor: Richard Delacretaz
  • Patent number: 6073821
    Abstract: A closed-loop adjustable watch band that includes a main strap member; a first slide loop secured to the first strap member end of the main strap member; a first strap section of the main strap member threaded through the first slide loop; a second slide loop secured to the second strap member end of the main strap member; a second strap section of the main strap member that is closer to the first strap member end than the first strap section threaded through the second slide loop; a first fastener section of hook and pile fastener material provided on the outwardly facing surface of the main strap member and positioned adjacent to the closed securement loop such that the closed securement loop is positioned between the first fastener section and the first strap member end of the main strap member; and a size adjustment strap having a first adjustment strap end secured to the second strap member end of the main strap member and a second adjustment strap end provided with a second fastener section of hook and
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 1998
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2000
    Inventors: Lance Mercer, Mike D. Hollo
  • Patent number: 6053630
    Abstract: An elongated annular element to be worn around a user's wrist includes an expandable band including a multitude of expansion links situated adjacent one another longitudinally of the band and resiliently movable apart. Two such expansion links are separated from one another to form a gap, and an extension arrangement is interposed between them to span such gap. The extension arrangement includes a plurality of extension links situated next to one another. Any desired number of the extension links, as well as the connecting expansion links, are connected to one another to give the extension arrangement the length desired for extending the annular element. Each of the links to be connected includes at least one of the following two counterpart formations: a pair of lugs spaced from one another transversely of the annular element and each provided with a through aperture therein, and a sleeve-shaped portion bounding an elongated passage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 1997
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2000
    Assignees: Edwin H. Polansky, Robert H. Arndt, Lisa B. Popowich
    Inventors: Edwin H. Polansky, Robert H. Arndt
  • Patent number: 6029320
    Abstract: A strand adjusting mechanism (5) in a folding clasp (1, 2) for bacelets, this mechanism comprising a buckle (40) mounted pivotally round a transverse rotational shaft (20) at the end of one of the blades (1) of the clasp and a tongue (30) mounted pivotally round the same shaft (20) as the buckle. The tongue and/or the end of the blade have one or more stops (16, 34) limiting the rotation of this tongue between a raised position orthogonal to the end of the blade and a lowered position in the extension of the blade. In addition, the upper cross bar of the buckle has a subjacent front wall (46) capable of abutting against the free end of the tongue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 1997
    Date of Patent: February 29, 2000
    Assignee: Maier S.A.
    Inventors: Alain Monneret, Thierry Lalanne
  • Patent number: 6023816
    Abstract: A buckle comprises a pair of push buttons 16 slidably mounted between side walls 4 of a surface cover 2, a spring 19 for outwardly urging the push button, a lock pin 26 mounted on a lower plate 10 and provided to be engaged with a hook of the push button, a lock cover 30 rotatably connected to a connecting pin 14 provided at an end of the lower plate so as to be positioned above the surface cover, and an engaging hole 32 formed in a side wall of the lock cover. An engaging projection 22 of the push button is engaged with the engaging hole so as to lock the lock cover at the closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 1998
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2000
    Assignee: Citizen Watch Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kimio Okada, Norio Hashimoto
  • Patent number: 6014793
    Abstract: A device for attaching the end of a strap-like member (14), notably a bracelet, to an object, notably a watch, comprising a housing (1,16,31) provided with two latch pins (3,18,33) adapted to be received in facing recesses of the object. At least one of these pins is able to occupy two positions, a first position in which it protrudes from said housing to come to engage in one of the recesses of the object, and a second position in which it is retracted. A rotatable or push-piece type movable control member (10,20,35) solid with a cam (10b,20a,35b) engaging with the inner end (39,18b,34) of one of the pins (3,18,33) and applied against this cam (10b,20b,35b) by biasing means (14,19,32), can be actuated to bring this pin (3,18,33) into the retracted position against the pressure exerted by the biasing means (4,19,32).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 1998
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2000
    Assignee: Mady's Time Properties LLC
    Inventor: Michel Howald
  • Patent number: 5991978
    Abstract: Bar (6) for attaching a watch wristlet (4) intended to be engaged by sliding into a passage (12, 14) of a watch case (2) and inserted in one of the ends of a wristlet (4), the bar (6) including an elongated body (22) and including a locking device, the locking device including a lock (28) subject to the action of a resilient element (30) and a control (32, 36) for controlling the lock (28) which is accessible from one end of the bar (6), the lock being arranged so as to project in a transverse direction with respect to the body (22) outside the body of the bar (6), in a first position (FIG. 1) in which the control (32, 36) is not actuated, and to retract inside the body (22), in a second position (FIG. 2) when the control (32, 36) is actuated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 30, 1999
    Assignee: SMH Management Services AG
    Inventor: Augustin Nussbaum
  • Patent number: 5946776
    Abstract: Wristlet clasp including first and second elements (1, 2), respectively mechanically connected to strands (5, 6) of a wristlet. A third element (3) mechanically connects in a hinged manner the first and second elements (1, 2). A cap (4) is rigidly and removably fixed to the first element (1). This cap includes two wings. The first element (1) is pierced by two transverse holes (15, 16) in which two pins or screws (35, 36) are engaged. One of these two transverse holes (35) is covered by the wings of the cap. The adjustment of the length of the wristlet is effected by connecting the first element and the third element to each other either via the first pin or screw (35), or by the second pin or screw (36).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 7, 1999
    Assignee: ProtAurec Sarl
    Inventor: Aurele Bourquin
  • Patent number: 5930873
    Abstract: A system for attaching a wristlet to a watch case (15) comprises at least one pin (45), which is situated in a cylindrical housing (45A) of a flexible resilient film (30), made of a plastic material or rubber, and at least one link (25) for attaching the wristlet to the watch case.The connection between the watch case and the wristlet is achieved as a result of the presence of the film (30) which is inserted in openings, provided within the attaching link (25) and the other links of the wristlet.The cylindrical housing (45A) comprises a series of hollow extensions (48), communicating with said housing, so that the coupling of a plastic element, such as the film (30), with the attaching link (25) made of metal has the effect of increasing the traction resistance of the wristlet with respect to the prior art.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 3, 1999
    Assignee: Lascor S.p.A.
    Inventor: Paul Julian Wyser
  • Patent number: 5899370
    Abstract: An integrally formed watch band with a circular-shaped flexible harness having two strap portions extending from opposite ends therefrom. The harness has an a top opening through which a timepiece, when inserted, is made visible. The bottom of the harness has two oppositely extending flexible tab portions which support the timepiece in place within the harness. The harness is circular and flexible enough to accommodate a wide range of timepiece configurations. In one embodiment, molded cutouts line the inner wall of the harness and are arranged in locations that correspond with control buttons of a specific timepiece configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 1997
    Date of Patent: May 4, 1999
    Assignee: Strokz Digital Sports, Inc.
    Inventor: Fred Bould
  • Patent number: 5870803
    Abstract: A metal locking clasp for securing the free ends of watch bands, bracelets and the like, having a hook and bar joining mechanism that is held in place with a first pivoting lock plate and depending lock element, is provided with a second locking mechanism that is pivotally mounted for rotation from an open position that is displaced from the closed lock plate to a locked position. The second locking mechanism consists of a cover plate and a pair of depending pivot arms, the arms being mounted in the clasp frame sidewalls at the end oppose the free end of the band. The second locking mechanism is secured by engagement of projecting elements, such as bosses, which extend between the sidewalls and pivot arms and engage openings or recesses in the adjacent surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 1997
    Date of Patent: February 16, 1999
    Inventor: Charlotte Kjoelbye Jorst
  • Patent number: 5857243
    Abstract: The bracelet clasp is of the type having an unfolding buckle including a base strip (1) onto which at least a first pivoting strip (2) is capable of folding down. A locking device blocks the strips one onto the other.The locking device consists in two tongues (4, 5) raised from the base strip (1) and a fork having the shape of a tuning fork made in the pivoting strip (2), this fork having two branches (7, 8) whose ends (9, 10) are bent, each of said ends being arranged to snap lock onto one of the tongues raised from the base strip when the clasp is in a closed position.The clasp can be advantageously used in connection with a wristwatch bracelet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 1997
    Date of Patent: January 12, 1999
    Assignee: SMH Management Services AG
    Inventor: Michel Champion
  • Patent number: 5850675
    Abstract: A watchband securing device includes a variable length rod extending between opposed watch case horns. One of the horns is pivotally connected to the watch case and one end of the rod is connected to the pivotable horn. This enables the rod to pivot laterally between open and closed positions away from and towards the watch case, respectively. After a watchband is threaded on the rod in the open position, the rod is rotated towards the closed position until the opposite end of the rod engages the opposed horn. A camming surface is provided between the rod and the opposed horn that causes the rod to be shortened against a spring force as it engages the opposed horn so that it can become aligned with a bore hole in the opposed horn and engage the borehole by the spring force extending the rod length. To release the rod from the opposed horn, a manual push piece is provided to enable manual shortening of the rod so that it clears the borehole and releases the rod for pivotal motion towards the open position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 1997
    Date of Patent: December 22, 1998
    Inventors: Francis Bourquin, Louis Wiser
  • Patent number: 5829104
    Abstract: The invention relates to a clasp (1) for a band or bracelet (2) having two strips (6, 8) articulated with respect to one another by one of their ends across a common hinge (10), having a cover (3) and a base (9) detachably arranged around a common rod (11), which is guided by a transverse branch (6.4) firmly fixed to the first strip (6), having a first bracelet strand (2.1) fixed to the second strip (8), having a tongue (4) mounted on the base (9) permitting the fixing of a second bracelet strand (2.2), a reinforcement of said fixing taking place by lowering the cover (3) onto the tongue (4) and the lowered cover (3) and base (9) are jointly articulated with respect to the first strip (6), making it possible to open the clasp (1) in order to remove the bracelet (2) without undoing the fixture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 3, 1998
    Assignee: Gay Freres Vente et Exportation S.A.
    Inventors: Jacques Hubert Gay, Luigi Ferrario
  • Patent number: 5826309
    Abstract: A jewelry safety claps includes a hook member with a hook disposed thereon. A housing member includes a hole formed thereon for receiving the hook and to be selectively disengageable from the hook. At least one foot is disposed in the housing member and is capable of moving between a first position corresponding to retraction within the housing member and a second position corresponding to extending outside of the housing member. A foot receiving portion disposed on the hook member for receiving the foot and selectively retaining the foot therein prevents disengagement of the hook member from the housing member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 1997
    Date of Patent: October 27, 1998
    Inventor: Anton Tsamas
  • Patent number: 5823409
    Abstract: A wrist instrument has an expandable strap for use in securing the instrument about a wearer's wrist. The expandable strap has a strap casing or a sheath on each end and an interconnecting member attached to the strap casings. The interconnecting member includes a non-expandable section and at least one elastic member housed in one of the strap casings. The elastic member is attached to both the strap casing housing it and the non-expandable section of the interconnecting member such that when a pulling force is exerted on the interconnecting member, the elastic member expands within the strap casing to allow the strap to accommodate different wrist sizes without exposing the elastic member to view.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 1997
    Date of Patent: October 20, 1998
    Assignee: Timex Corporation
    Inventor: Amelia Kennedy
  • Patent number: 5787554
    Abstract: A housing (16) is provided for housing necessary members and to be connected to a personal adornment band (1, 2) at an end of the band. A slide plate (18) is slidably mounted in the housing so as to be moved in a longitudinal direction of the band, and connected to the other end of the band, and a push plate (19, 20) is laterally slidably provided in the housing. Ratchet teeth (37) are formed on the slide plate. A lock projection (41) is formed on the push plate, and a spring (21) is provided for urging the push plate for engaging the projection with one of the ratchet teeth at a position selected from a plurality of positions dependent on the ratchet teeth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 1996
    Date of Patent: August 4, 1998
    Assignee: Citizen Watch Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Norio Hashimoto
  • Patent number: 5781968
    Abstract: The clasp wristlet is of the unfolding buckle type comprising first (4) and second (3) strips hinged to each other and comprising a catch fastening (17, 23).At one end (25) of the second strip (3) a cover (19) is mounted so as to pivot, said cover having an opening (21) in which a projecting portion (8) of said second strip is capable of being inserted. When the clasp is in a closed position, the upper face (26) of said projecting portion (8) is situated at substantially the same level as the upper face (27) of the cover (19). In this manner the thickness of the clasp is reduced.The clasp may advantageously be used for a watch wristlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 21, 1998
    Assignee: SMH Management Services AG
    Inventor: Rolf Widmer
  • Patent number: 5771543
    Abstract: This adjustment device comprises an adjustment link (6) provided with two parallel articulation axes (5,7) transverse to a bracelet, each serving to connect this adjustment link to two elements of the bracelet forming an endless attachment. This adjustment link is able to pivot about one of its axes (5) to that their respective positions are inverted, these two positions thus corresponding to two determined lengths of the bracelet. In the shorter adjusted position, the adjustment link (6) elastically engages in a recess (8c) of one of the articulated elements (8) of the adjustment link (6) by pressing this element (8) in the direction of the arrow (F.sub.7) so that the adjusted position is maintained as long as the adjustment link (6) has not moved out of the recess (8c) in which it is elastically held by the locking means (8d) of the recess (8c).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 1997
    Date of Patent: June 30, 1998
    Assignee: Montres Rolex S.A
    Inventors: Vincent Froidevaux, Alberto Jaussi
  • Patent number: 5749128
    Abstract: The extensible bracelet clasp is of the unfolding buckle type. It includes a first assembly (1) comprising a cap (3) and a push-piece (5) adapted to slide on a second assembly (2) in order to adjust the length of the clasp. Such second assembly (2) comprises an arrangement (15) on which the push-piece (5) can act in order to open the clasp, such arrangement (15) and such push-piece being respectively provided with indexing means (16) and positioning means (17) in order to permit adjustment in length of the clasp and to retain the memory of such adjustment when the clasp is opened. The clasp can be used for a watch bracelet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 1997
    Date of Patent: May 12, 1998
    Assignee: SMH Management Services AG
    Inventor: Cyril Cuche
  • Patent number: 5724708
    Abstract: A connector for joining an end of a watchband to a watch case, the end of the watchband having a terminal link and the watch case having first lugs separated by first sockets with first apertures extending through the first lugs. The connector includes metal bottom and top components. The bottom component has a rear end configured to underlie the terminal link of the watchband, and a front end with mutually spaced projections, at least two of which define hollow guides. The top component has a rear end configured to overlie the rear end of the bottom component, and a front end with mutually spaced flanges aligned with and bent around the projections on the bottom component to form second lugs separated by second sockets. The top component is joined to the bottom component with the terminal link of the watchband captured therebetween. The first and second lugs are adapted to be received respectively in the second and first sockets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 1996
    Date of Patent: March 10, 1998
    Assignee: Textron, Inc.
    Inventor: Stephen F. Bert
  • Patent number: 5720085
    Abstract: An arrangement for fastening a wristlet onto a watch the middle-case of which is provided on its lateral sides with case-flanks to support lugs for the fastening of the wristlet and formed with holes for the axial engagement of the ends of the lugs and wherein at least one flank is movably mounted with respect to the case so that it may perform a movement for disengaging the lugs from their engagement holes and a pivoting movement into a position in which the ends of the lugs are remote enough from the flank formed with their engagement holes in order to permit the withdrawal of the ends of the wristlet from the lugs by a translational movement in the axial direction of the lugs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 1997
    Date of Patent: February 24, 1998
    Assignee: Jacques Benedict
    Inventor: Christophe Bernard
  • Patent number: 5711056
    Abstract: A pair of push plates (11, 12) are slidably mounted in a housing (3) so as to be moved in a lateral direction with respect to a longitudinal direction of a personal adornment band (2), one of the push plates (11) has an upper arm (15) having a thickness of an upper half thickness of the push plate, the other push plate (12) has a lower arm (16) having a thickness of a lower half thickness of the push plate, upper and lower arms are overlapped with each other, and a pair of return springs (13) are provided between the push plates for urging each push plate in an outward direction. A cover (4) has a lock pin (21) secured to the underside thereof to be engaged with engaging hooks (20, 20c) of the push plates. In a coupling state of the buckle (1), an engaging rod (23a) provided on a connecting link (23) of an end of the personal adornment band is held by the cover and the housing which are locked each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 1996
    Date of Patent: January 27, 1998
    Assignee: Citizen Watch Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hideo Taguchi, Junsuke Tashikie
  • Patent number: 5701640
    Abstract: A strap closure for straps of wrist watches comprises a magnetic closure and an automatic mechanical lock. The closure comprises two closure parts (1, 2) and at least one permanent magnet (16) and a yoke (9), which form parts of a magnetic circuit. Said magnetic circuit is disposed inside a shield (6) made of a ferromagnetic material and closed as far as possible on all sides. Between the magnetic circuit (9, 15, 16) and said shield or other closure parts there is no metallic contact whatsoever with elements of high permeability, the magnetic circuit is instead isolated from the shield or from other closure parts by air gaps (22, 23) and fastening elements (14) of a low permeability close to the value of air.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 1995
    Date of Patent: December 30, 1997
    Inventor: Hans Locher
  • Patent number: 5699590
    Abstract: The bracelet clasp is of the unfolding buckle type comprising a base (1) and two strips (2, 4) capable of folding down onto the base. A cover (10) held by a push button (12) maintains the clasp in a closed position.The clasp comprises means (13) for the instantaneous raising of the cover (10) when pressure is exerted on the push button (12) to open the clasp.This device avoids a notch locking device which leads to a laborious manoeuvre for opening the clasp. Incidentally, the strands (8, 9) of the bracelet are hinged onto the strips (2, 4) which allows the bracelet to be presented flat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 1996
    Date of Patent: December 23, 1997
    Assignee: Grandjean S.A.
    Inventors: Francis Albert Erard, Michel Paul Ratajski
  • Patent number: 5689861
    Abstract: A clasp with a locking flap (8) hingedly mounted between the arms (3a, 3b) of a yoke-shaped member (3) by means of a pin (9) extending through one portion (8a) of said flap (8). Said portion (8a) is shorter than the distance between the two arms (3a, 3b) so that the flap (8) is transversely translatable. The pin (9) has a straight portion (9c) partially inserted into a correspondingly shaped recess (13) in one arm (3b). The pin (9) is thus prevented from rotating about its own axis. The passage (14) in said portion (8a) of the flap which receives the pin (9) has an inlet (14a) shaped to fit said portion (9c) of the pin (9). A coil spring (15) on the pin (9) biases the flap (8) towards said portion (9c) of the pin (9). When the flap (8) is in the folded down or locking position, said portion (9c) of the pin (9) is inserted into the inlet (14a) of the passage (14), thereby locking the flap (8).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 1996
    Date of Patent: November 25, 1997
    Assignee: Etablissements Sarran S.A.
    Inventor: Maurice Petignat
  • Patent number: 5689859
    Abstract: A bracelet clasp of the unfolding buckle type comprises a base plate (1) on which at least one hinged plate (2) is capable of being folded. A device enabling the two plates to be locked onto each other in a closed position comprises a first tongue (4) raised on the base plate (1) and a second tongue (5) raised on the hinged plate (2). In a closed position the two tongues are situated back to back and head to tail. The existence of a double tongue enables the locking force of one plate on the other to be doubled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 1996
    Date of Patent: November 25, 1997
    Assignee: SMH Management Services AG
    Inventor: Cyril Cuche
  • Patent number: 5689867
    Abstract: An interchangeable clasp comprising a clasp body having a plurality of interconnecting elements consisting of a spring loaded connector member and a receiving recess. The connector typically comprises a hollow cylindrical sleeve and a rigid rod having an outside diameter less than the inner diameter of the hollow cylindrical sleeve. The rigid rod has a proximal end and an opposite distal end with respect to the hollow cylindrical sleeve. The proximal end is engaged with a spring mechanism within the hollow cylindrical sleeve that biases the distal end of the rod to a distal position and allows for movement of the rod between a proximal and a distal position. The distal end culminates in a head member with exterior dimensions such that the head member is capable of being removably inserted within, and retained by a cap end of the receiving recess. The receiving recess is cylindrical in dimension, has an opening through its outer wall and is capped at opposite ends for engaging the connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 1996
    Date of Patent: November 25, 1997
    Inventor: Teresa Katz
  • Patent number: 5660308
    Abstract: A connector is disclosed for joining two sections of an expansible watchband. The watchband sections have adjacent ends defined by endmost top and bottom links interconnected by pairs of mutually spaced staples. The connector comprises a unitary element having first and second sets of locking ears projecting laterally in opposite directions from opposite sides thereof. The connector has an initial laterally contracted configuration which accommodates its insertion between the endmost top and bottom links of the adjacent ends of the watchband sections, with the first and second sets of locking ears having passed between and beyond the respective pairs of staples interconnecting the endmost top and bottom links. The thus inserted connector is permanently deformable into a laterally expanded configuration which causes its locking ears to mechanically interengage with the staples to thereby effect a connection between the watchband sections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 1996
    Date of Patent: August 26, 1997
    Assignee: Textron, Inc.
    Inventor: Stephen F. Bert
  • Patent number: 5657515
    Abstract: An end connector for an expansible watch band has a plastic insert sandwiched between metallic bottom and top plates. The plastic insert has forwardly projecting mutually spaced lugs enclosed by preformed mutually spaced bottom and top flanges on the bottom and top plates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 1996
    Date of Patent: August 19, 1997
    Assignee: Textron, Inc.
    Inventor: Stephen F. Bert
  • Patent number: 5647518
    Abstract: The middle of the watch (1) is provided with two lateral protuberances (2, 3) each having a groove (4, 5) intended to receive the pin (6) of a piece of bracelet (7). On the middle (1) is mounted a ring (8) by means similar to that of a rotary rim. The rotary rim (8) is also provided with two lateral protuberances (9, 10) whose shape is complementary to that of the protuberances (2, 3) of the middle (1) in order to lock, and unlock the extremities of the bracelet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 1994
    Date of Patent: July 15, 1997
    Assignee: BRATEC, Baumgartner & Brancaleoni
    Inventors: Alain Baumgartner, Romolo Brancaleoni
  • Patent number: 5639000
    Abstract: The watch band assembly includes a pair of buckle devices and a strap assembly. The buckle devices are fabricated to be a one piece structure which are adapted to be removably secured to opposite ends of a conventional watch. Extending outwardly from the buckle devices are studs that are adapted to receive and maintain the strap assembly. The strap assembly is comprised of at least one elongated tubular member having opposite ends. These ends are adapted to be releasably secured to the buckle devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 1995
    Date of Patent: June 17, 1997
    Inventors: V. Robin McDaniel, O. Kevin McDaniel
  • Patent number: 5579559
    Abstract: A clasp of the unfolding buckle type comprises a branch and an arm hinged at one of its ends to a first end of the branch. The branch has a lateral side face arranged opposite a lateral side face of the arm in a closed position of the clasp, and the clasp includes an elastically deformable element for jamming the clasp in the closed position. The elastically deformable element in the closed position of the clasp extends into a housing formed by a longitudinal hollow provided in the lateral side face of the branch and by a longitudinal hollow provided in the lateral side face of the arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 1995
    Date of Patent: December 3, 1996
    Assignee: Gay Freres S. A.
    Inventor: Luigi Ferrario
  • Patent number: 5485659
    Abstract: A buckle for watch bands has a cover (1), a guide housing (15) secured to an inside of the cover, the guide housing having a pair of push plates (19) each of which has an engaging projection (21) and springs. A middle plate (16) and a tongue (6) are rotatably connected to an end of the cover, and a bottom plate (18) having a band connecting portion and an engaging lug (23) is rotatably connected to the middle plate. A band is connected to the band connecting portion of the bottom plate. Another band having adjusting holes is inserted into a space between the cover (1) and the housing (15) and the tongue (6) is inserted into the adjusting hole so as to adjust the length of the band.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 1994
    Date of Patent: January 23, 1996
    Assignee: Citizen Watch Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Junsuke Kashikie, Hideo Taguchi
  • Patent number: 5444896
    Abstract: A molded metal member has an opening to receive the end of a leather belt. The front face may be embossed or engraved decoratively, and the rear face is formed with a V-shaped slot oriented to achieve a locking action with the leather belt when upset inwardly at assembly with the belt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 1993
    Date of Patent: August 29, 1995
    Assignee: Waterbury Style, Inc.
    Inventor: John Bourget
  • Patent number: 5416953
    Abstract: A wrist watch (1) and wrist watch strap combination (2, 3) includes a manually operable securing mechanism for securing the wrist watch to the wrist watch strap to allow easy removal and replacement of the strap. The mechanism may comprise links (4) on the wrist watch and on the strap which may be interlinked with one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 1993
    Date of Patent: May 23, 1995
    Assignee: E. Gluck Corporation
    Inventor: Wah-Sang Hui
  • Patent number: 5363351
    Abstract: An adaptor attachable to the watch casing of a watch is structured with attachment means for being secured to the watchband securement means of the watch casing, and is further structured with watchband retaining structure which allows attachment of a watchband by means different than is provided on the watch casing. Thus, the watch casing may be converted for use with watchbands which are not configured to be attachable to that particular watch casing. Likewise, conventional watches employing pin means for attachment of the watchband may be converted to attach uniquely designed watchbands configured for attachment only to correspondingly unique watch casings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 1993
    Date of Patent: November 8, 1994
    Assignee: Chisco, Inc.
    Inventor: Peter L. Carney
  • Patent number: 5331723
    Abstract: A folding clasp for a bracelet, including a shank comprising two parallel side members each of which have a first end and a second end, wherein the first end of one parallel side member is connected to a first end of another parallel side member and wherein the second end of one parallel side member is connected to the second end of the other parallel side member, and at least one transverse element interconnecting each of the parallel side members; a first arm having one end articulated at the first end of each of the parallel side members; and another arm articulated at the second end of each of the parallel side members, so that the first arm and the other arm are adapted fold down and lock in the shank on a transverse element, wherein each of the first arm and the other arm includes a head, having on a front face a concavity for compressing on the transverse element and on a bottom face a recess located behind the concavity, for receiving a bracelet end and for locking the arm inside the shank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 1993
    Date of Patent: July 26, 1994
    Assignee: Maier S.A.
    Inventor: Francois Mathieu
  • Patent number: 5313691
    Abstract: A buckle for a watch band has a housing connected to the watch band, a pair of push plates provided in the housing so as to be moved in a lateral direction, and a pair of springs for urging the push plates. A pair of stopper pins are provided for stopping the push plates urged by the springs. A cover having a lock pin is pivotally connected to an end of the housing. The cover is provided such that the lock pin is inserted into an opening of the housing and engaged with hooks of the push plates. An opening spring is provided between the housing and the cover for urging the cover to an open position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 1993
    Date of Patent: May 24, 1994
    Assignee: Citizen Watch Company
    Inventor: Norio Hashimoto
  • Patent number: 5305617
    Abstract: To a branch (40) of a metal bracelet applicable to watches is fixed a frame (12) having a movable catch plate (20) and to which is hingedly connected an overturnable plate (14) having an end hook (34). Connected to the opposite branch of the bracelet is a forked member (16) having a tie bar (30) which fits into semicircular seats (26) formed in the frame (12) upon closure of the device. In another embodiment, the closing device includes two arched sheets (52) and (54), in sheet (54) a chamber (66) is formed in which slides a catch plate (76) the front end of which is coupled below the hook (52') formed at one end of sheet (52) upon closure of the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 1992
    Date of Patent: April 26, 1994
    Assignee: G.T.F. S.r.l.
    Inventor: Fernando Fontana
  • Patent number: 5305503
    Abstract: A buckle has a cover rotatably connected to an end of one of bands, a middle plate rotatably connected to the cover, and a bottom plate rotatably connected to the middle plate and rotatably connected to the other band. A guide housing is secured to an underside of the cover, and a pair of push plates are slidably mounted in the guide housing. A spring is provided between the push plates for outwardly urging the push plates respectively. A slant is formed on an engaging projection of the push plate. A pair of lugs are formed on the bottom plate. Each of the lugs has an engaging hole and is arranged such that the lug is engaged with the slant so as to inwardly move the push plate, and that the engaging hole engages with engaging projection of the push plate, thereby coupling the buckle. A leaf spring is provided for urging the cover in a disengaging direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 1993
    Date of Patent: April 26, 1994
    Assignee: Citizen Watch Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hisao Yamagata
  • Patent number: 5303421
    Abstract: A selective call receiver (100) including a receiver (102) for receiving messages and a housing (104) for housing the receiver (102). A clasp (200) for securing first and second wrist straps (112, 114) including a base member (202) and a pair of sides (204, 206) contiguous with the base member (202). A first compression member (208) located between the pair of sides (204, 206), the base member (202) and the first compression member (208) for engaging the first wrist strap (112) slidably therebetween. The first wrist strap (112) is also coupled to the housing (104). A clasp cover (214) having a second compression member (210) coupled thereto and to a first (204) of the pair of sides. The second compression member (210) engages the second wrist strap (114) with the first compression member (208) when the clasp cover (212) is transversely rotated between the pair of sides (204, 206) while the second wrist strap (114) also coupled to the housing (104).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 1992
    Date of Patent: April 12, 1994
    Assignee: Motorola, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael P. Goldenberg
  • Patent number: 5228012
    Abstract: A wristwatch radiotelephone has a plurality of arcuate members connected to one another in a series by rotatable connection mechanisms connected between adjacent members in the series. The connection mechanisms allow the arcuate members to be rotated relative to one another so that they either all curve in the same direction (thereby providing a nearly closed C-shaped structure suitable for being worn on the wrist as a wristwatch), or so that alternate members curve in opposite directions (thereby converting the apparatus to a more elongated form suitable for use as a hand-held radiotelephone).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 1992
    Date of Patent: July 13, 1993
    Assignee: Timex Corporation
    Inventor: Richard H. Seager
  • Patent number: 5218577
    Abstract: A wristwatch radiotelephone has a plurality of substantially rigid segments connected to one another in a series by adjustable connection mechanisms connected between adjacent segments in the series. The connection mechanisms allow the segments to be arranged either in an annular array when the apparatus is to be worn on the wrist as a wristwatch, or in a more elongated array when the apparatus is to be used a hand-held radiotelephone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 1992
    Date of Patent: June 8, 1993
    Assignee: Timex Corporation
    Inventor: Richard H. Seager
  • 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: 5191685
    Abstract: A buckle having a lock mechanism for a watch with opposite bands is disclosed. The lock mechanism (40) is provided in a frame member (20) secured to one of the bands (37). The lock mechanism comprises a lock lever (41) having a locking portion and a pressing-up lever (42) having a pressing-up slant, each of the levers being laterally slidably mounted in the frame member, and a spring (43) provided so as to outwardly urge both the levers. A clasp (30) attached to the other band has a lock member corresponding to the lock lever and a pressing-up slant member (34) corresponding to the pressing-up lever. The lock lever engages with the lock member to lock the clasp. When the lock is released, the pressing-up lever pushes up the pressing-up slant member, thereby disengaging the clasp. The locking portion of the lock lever and the pressing-up slant of the pressing-up lever are disposed so as to overlap with each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 1990
    Date of Patent: March 9, 1993
    Assignee: Citizen Watch Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yasushi Aoki, Masaaki Azuma, Shigeo Tsuchigane, Akihiro Tanaka, Katsuzo Hirayama, Eiichiro Tanaka
  • Patent number: 5175912
    Abstract: A pair of fasteners for a wristwatch strap having two ends are connected to opposite sides of a watch case, each of which includes an arcuate catch element (3) provided with guide members (5, 28) extending longitudinally of the strap (2) and an end engagement member (11), and a pair of slide elements (16), each of which is provided with a latch member (20, 32) complementary to engagement member (11), are connected to the two ends of the strap. Each slide element (16) is slidable along a guide member (5, 28) between an advanced position, in which the strap (2) is shortest and in which a latch member (20, 32) engages an engagement member (1), and a retracted position, in which the strap (2) is longest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 1991
    Date of Patent: January 5, 1993
    Inventors: Gianandrea Chevalley, Enzo De Carlo
  • Patent number: D367820
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 1995
    Date of Patent: March 12, 1996
    Assignee: Chanel, Inc.
    Inventor: Jacques C. Helleu