With Moon And Earth Display Patents (Class 368/18)
  • Patent number: 8995233
    Abstract: Mechanism for displaying the day and phase of at least a first celestial body, comprising a gear train for a constant frequency gear drive on an output of a timepiece movement. This mechanism includes a means for the three-dimensional display of the day and phase of said first celestial body represented by a first mobile component, which is driven by the gear train, which includes a phase train and a day train, each in mesh on an output of this same movement. This phase train and/or this day train include at least one uncoupling means between the input and its output thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Montres Breguet S.A.
    Inventors: Eric Goeller, Alain Zaugg
  • Patent number: 8867316
    Abstract: A support for a mechanism for displaying jumping-type information for a timepiece movement is disclosed. The mechanism may include a display member driven in rotation via a driving star wheel. The support may be positioned between the display member and a frame element of the timepiece movement. The support may include a base that may include at least one first hole configured to receive a shaft for rotating the display member. The support may also include a first arm extending from the base and arranged to ensure the function of a jumper for the driving star wheel, and a second arm extending from the base and arranged to act on the driving star wheel to cause the driving star wheel to rotate in order to correct information displayed in response to a predefined action of a user that deforms the second arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Pequignet S.A.
    Inventors: Huy Van Tran, Ludovic Perez
  • Patent number: 8834017
    Abstract: A corrector (1) for a function indicator (20) for a movement (100) including: a first control mechanism (30) for a first function, in a let down (31) or wound (32) position, a second control mechanism (40) for a second function, in a let down position (41) or release control position (42) followed by a return to the preceding position, and a display indicator (20) for a third function. First mobile part (50) driven by the first control mechanism (30) occupies a letting down (51)/winding (52) position, when the mechanism occupies the let down (31)/wound (32) position. Second mobile part (60) actuating the indicator (20) is driven by the second control mechanism (40) changing into the control position (42) when the first mobile part (50) is in a winding position (52) and cooperates with this latter in the letting down position (51), under the action of return mechanism (70).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Omega SA
    Inventors: Adrien Farron, Christian Rüfenacht
  • Publication number: 20140112108
    Abstract: A display device (1) of a clock movement includes a support secured to a supporting structure and on which date numbers are inscribed, a platform mounted such that it can move rotationally on the supporting structure in relation to the support, drive elements for driving the rotation of the platform, a date indicator (18) secured to the platform, a lunar-phase indicator (6) mounted such that it can rotate on the supporting platform, and elements for driving the rotation of the lunar-phase indicator (6) in relation to the date indicator (18).
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 14, 2012
    Publication date: April 24, 2014
    Inventors: Franck-Charles-Cyril Orny, Johnny Frederic Girardin
  • Publication number: 20140104991
    Abstract: Timepiece movement (1) driving at least one output wheel set (3), from a means (2A) of generating a time magnitude, or a means (2B) of detecting the magnitude of the state of a control member of this movement, or a means (2C) of measuring a physical magnitude, the position of this output wheel set (3) being linked to an instantaneous value of this magnitude, displayed on a swivelling display base (10) and including a display wheel set (4) cooperating with this output wheel set (3). This display wheel set (4) is permanently coupled to this output wheel set (3) and this movement (1) includes a supplementary wheel set (5) pivoting synchronously or in an integer pivoting velocity ratio relative to supplementary wheel set (5). Timepiece (100) including a movement (1) of this type.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 19, 2012
    Publication date: April 17, 2014
    Applicant: BLANCPAIN SA
    Inventors: Marco Rochat, Marc-Alexander Hayex
  • Publication number: 20140022870
    Abstract: A support for a mechanism for displaying jumping-type information for a timepiece movement is disclosed. The mechanism may include a display member driven in rotation via a driving star wheel. The support may be positioned between the display member and a frame element of the timepiece movement. The support may include a base that may include at least one first hole configured to receive a shaft for rotating the display member. The support may also include a first arm extending from the base and arranged to ensure the function of a jumper for the driving star wheel, and a second arm extending from the base and arranged to act on the driving star wheel to cause the driving star wheel to rotate in order to correct information displayed in response to a predefined action of a user that deforms the second arm.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 23, 2013
    Publication date: January 23, 2014
    Applicant: PEQUIGNET S.A.
    Inventors: Huy Van Tran, Ludovic Perez
  • Publication number: 20130329528
    Abstract: Provided is an apparatus for projecting an electronic image. The apparatus includes at least one of a static image and a mechanically-animated object disposed within a framed region. An electronic display device displays a computer-generated image adjacent to the at least one of the static image and the mechanically-animated object within the framed region to establish an artistic composition. The computer-generated image includes content that is related to, and supplements content included in the at least one of the static image and the mechanically-animated object to provide an adaptable context to the at least one of the static image and the mechanically-animated object. A controller controls the images displayed by the electronic display.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 11, 2013
    Publication date: December 12, 2013
    Inventor: Peter Botten
  • Patent number: 8498179
    Abstract: A mechanism for indication of the lunar phases, in particular for a mechanical watch, including a moon disk and a dial having a substantially semi-circular aperture. The moon disk is rotated in such a way as to display the indications inscribed on the moon disk through the aperture in order to indicate the lunar phases. In addition, the mechanism comprises at least one first occultation disk housed rotatably, at least in part, between the moon disk and the dial, and a gear train which drives the at least first occultation disk in such a way that the indications inscribed on the moon disk are obscured, at least in part, during specific phases of operation of the mechanism in such a manner that the indications appearing through the aperture correspond substantially to the natural appearance of the moon during the entire lunation. The invention also relates to a watch piece comprising such an indication mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2013
    Assignee: Societe anonyme de la Manufacture d'Horlogerie Audemars Piguet & Cie
    Inventors: Johan Montet, Fabrice Deschanel
  • Publication number: 20120182838
    Abstract: A corrector (1) for a function indicator (20) for a movement (100) including: a first control mechanism (30) for a first function, in a let down (31) or wound (32) position, a second control mechanism (40) for a second function, in a let down position (41) or release control position (42) followed by a return to the preceding position, and a display indicator (20) for a third function. First mobile part (50) driven by the first control mechanism (30) occupies a letting down (51)/winding (52) position, when the mechanism occupies the let down (31)/wound (32) position. Second mobile part (60) actuating the indicator (20) is driven by the second control mechanism (40) changing into the control position (42) when the first mobile part (50) is in a winding position (52) and cooperates with this latter in the letting down position (51), under the action of return mechanism (70).
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 16, 2011
    Publication date: July 19, 2012
    Applicant: OMEGA SA
    Inventors: Adrien FARRON, Christian RÜFENACHT
  • Publication number: 20110292768
    Abstract: A mechanism for indication of the lunar phases, in particular for a mechanical watch, including a moon disk and a dial having a substantially semi-circular aperture. The moon disk is rotated in such a way as to display the indications inscribed on the moon disk through the aperture in order to indicate the lunar phases. In addition, the mechanism comprises at least one first occultation disk housed rotatably, at least in part, between the moon disk and the dial, and a gear train which drives the at least first occultation disk in such a way that the indications inscribed on the moon disk are obscured, at least in part, during specific phases of operation of the mechanism in such a manner that the indications appearing through the aperture correspond substantially to the natural appearance of the moon during the entire lunation. The invention also relates to a watch piece comprising such an indication mechanism.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 27, 2011
    Publication date: December 1, 2011
    Inventors: Johan Montet, Fabrice Deschanel
  • Patent number: 7773462
    Abstract: A watch includes a mechanical or electromechanical timepiece movement, analog time indicators, a lunar indicator indicating lunar date on a scale and driven by the timepiece movement to perform one revolution in one or two synodic months, and Chinese calendar indicator members actuated by a calendar mechanism driven from the lunar indicator. A month moving part provided with an indicator of lunar months is driven via a rocking lever so as to perform one revolution per ordinary year of twelve months and per leap year of thirteen months. The other Chinese calendar indicators are driven from the month moving part and comprise a first year indicator performing one revolution in twelve years, a second year indicator performing one revolution in ten years, and a third year indicator performing one revolution in nineteen years and associated with a cam representing the Chang cycle of ordinary years and leap years.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2010
    Assignee: The Swatch Group Research and Development Ltd
    Inventors: Alain Vuilleumier, Frédéric Meylan
  • Patent number: 7649811
    Abstract: The invention concerns a timepiece including a dial (12) fitted with an aperture (16) behind which is mounted a moon phase disc (18) driven in rotation by a moon phase train (24). According to the invention said disc (18) is mounted so as to move in rotation about a fixed sun pinion (36). Moreover, two planetary wheels (44a, 44b), secured in rotation to representations of the moon (19a, 19b), are mounted so as to move in rotation on the disc (18), at least indirectly meshed with the sun pinion (36), so as to form a planetary train with the sun pinion (36).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2010
    Assignee: ETA SA Manufacture Horlogère Suisse
    Inventors: Raphaël Courvoisier, Chrystel Gressly, Christian Bracher
  • Publication number: 20090274010
    Abstract: The described watch comprises a mechanical or electromechanical timepiece movement, analog time indicators (24, 25), a lunar indicator (27) indicating the lunar date on a scale (31) and driven by the timepiece movement to perform one revolution in one or two synodic months, and Chinese calendar indicator members which are actuated by a calendar mechanism (50) driven from the lunar indicator (27). A month moving part (70) provided with an indicator (34) of the lunar months is driven via a rocking lever (60) in such a manner as to perform one revolution per ordinary year of twelve months and per leap year of thirteen months.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 23, 2005
    Publication date: November 5, 2009
    Applicant: The Swatch Group Research and Development, Ltd.
    Inventors: Alain Vuilleumier, Frédéric Meylan
  • Patent number: 7609587
    Abstract: A lunar phase display mechanism includes an upper disc which is the lunar display disc and a lower disc mounted concentrically to this disc. One of the discs is mounted so that during normal operation of the mechanism that one disc rotates relative to the other disc, and the other disc is mounted in a stationary position during normal operation of the mechanism while this position can be changed by a rotary motion. The gear train driving the rotating disc allows that the direction of rotation of this disc can be reversed so that the different appearance of the lunar phases at the latitudes of the earth and, in particular, in the northern and southern hemisphere can be taken into account in the display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2009
    Assignee: Richemont International SA
    Inventors: Denis Zimmermann, Rene Larsonneur, Philipp Buhler
  • Publication number: 20090185453
    Abstract: A timepiece, includes a frame supporting a drive element, a time base and drive trains pivotably mounted on the frame and arranged so as to drive at least one display train intended to carry an element displaying information, such as the time. The movement also includes a fixed gear, firmly attached to the frame, with which a toothed element of the display train is arranged to mesh, and a drive element having first and second kinematic links, respectively, with one of the drive trains and with the toothed element so as to drive the latter in translation in a first direction along the fixed gear. Preferably, the drive element is embodied in the form of a deformable element, and the movement also includes a retrograde mechanism for driving the toothed element rapidly in the opposite direction by means of the drive element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 31, 2007
    Publication date: July 23, 2009
    Applicant: AGENHOR SA
    Inventors: Jean-Marc Wiederrecht, Paul Junod
  • Patent number: 7494471
    Abstract: A system and method for tracking and informing about a physical, emotional, or physiological cycle, such as a menstrual cycle, includes at least one definition entry and at least one date indicator. Each definition entry defines indicia such as color to represent a stage of a physical, emotional, or physiological cycle. Each date indicator includes a date section and a tracking section corresponding to each date section. The date section of the date indicator indicates at least one date, wherein the tracking section is capable of being marked so as to indicate indicia corresponding to a definition entry to signify the stage of the physical, emotional, or physiological cycle for each date. According to one embodiment, the date indicators are arranged according to phases of the moon to allow correlation of a user's cycle to the lunar cycle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2009
    Inventor: Marina Alzugaray
  • Publication number: 20090003137
    Abstract: The invention concerns a timepiece including a dial (12) fitted with an aperture (16) behind which is mounted a moon phase disc (18) driven in rotation by a moon phase train (24). According to the invention said disc (18) is mounted so as to move in rotation about a fixed sun pinion (36). Moreover, two planetary wheels (44a, 44b), secured in rotation to representations of the moon (19a, 19b), are mounted so as to move in rotation on the disc (18), at least indirectly meshed with the sun pinion (36), so as to form a planetary train with the sun pinion (36).
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 30, 2008
    Publication date: January 1, 2009
    Applicant: ETA SA MANUFACTURE HORLOGERE SUISSE
    Inventors: Raphael Courvoisier, Chrystel Gressly, Christian Bracher
  • Patent number: 7433269
    Abstract: The invention relates to an electronic timepiece comprising manual control means (21, 23) for the selection of different modes and an analog display provided with indicators (26, 27, 28, 32, 34) moved separately by electric motors to indicate the time on a dial (22) in a time mode and other information in one or more other modes, said indicators comprising at least an hour hand (26), a minute hand (27), a day indicator (32) and a month indicator (34). In addition, at least one of the modes to be selected is an event indication mode, in which the Gregorian date of a movable event is delivered by the electronic circuits of the timepiece and is displayed at least by the day indicator (32) and month indicator (34), said timepiece having means for the display of the number of the Gregorian year.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2008
    Assignee: ASULAB S.A.
    Inventors: Alain Vuilleumier, Jean-Jacques Born
  • Patent number: 7420883
    Abstract: A timepiece movement is disclosed which may comprise a going train, and a mechanism having a first cinematic connection with the going train and arranged to drive an indicator member in a stealthy rotational movement, the latter being activated periodically with a predefined period. The mechanism may also comprise a first wheel-and-pinion unit comprising a first wheel at least indirectly in engagement with the going train, a second wheel-and-pinion unit, mounted coaxially with the first wheel-and-pinion unit and, having at least one stop region and a second wheel, these being integral in rotation. A second cinematic connection connects the second wheel to the indicator member, an elastic member connecting the first wheel-and-pinion unit to the second wheel-and-pinion unit in such a way that its degree of tension is a function of respective angular positions of the first and second wheel-and-pinion units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2008
    Assignee: Christophe Claret S.A.
    Inventors: Christophe Claret, Jan Dubois, Pierre Koukjian
  • Publication number: 20080151698
    Abstract: The display device, which is arranged to display the minutes and hours, comprises two cams driven separately from the cannon pinion and the hour wheel of a horological movement, a lever held in the idle position by a spring being actuated manually on demand by means of a push button placed outside the corresponding timepiece, so as to make a rack turn on its axis until the moment when a finger of each rack abuts on its respective cam, the rack during its rotation driving a pinion carrying hands indicating the minutes and the hour.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 18, 2007
    Publication date: June 26, 2008
    Inventors: Ramon GIL, Jean-Claude QUENET
  • Publication number: 20080123473
    Abstract: An electronic component comprising a display panel having an image retention characteristic, and a decorative member disposed layered to the display panel. The decorative member passes the display state of at least a portion of the display panel so that the display can be seen.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 7, 2006
    Publication date: May 29, 2008
    Applicant: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Noriaki Ozawa, Kazunori Hoshino, Katsutoyo Inoue
  • Publication number: 20080106978
    Abstract: A timepiece movement is disclosed which may comprise a going train, and a mechanism having a first cinematic connection with the going train and arranged to drive an indicator member in a stealthy rotational movement, the latter being activated periodically with a predefined period. The mechanism may also comprise a first wheel-and-pinion unit comprising a first wheel at least indirectly in engagement with the going train, a second wheel-and-pinion unit, mounted coaxially with the first wheel-and-pinion unit and, having at least one stop region and a second wheel, these being integral in rotation. A second cinematic connection connects the second wheel to the indicator member, an elastic member connecting the first wheel-and-pinion unit to the second wheel-and-pinion unit in such a way that its degree of tension is a function of respective angular positions of the first and second wheel-and-pinion units.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 5, 2005
    Publication date: May 8, 2008
    Applicant: CHRISTOPHE CLARET S.A.
    Inventors: Christophe Claret, Jan Dubois, Pierre Koukjian
  • Patent number: 7251198
    Abstract: A moon phase wheel chart for determining the phase of the moon for a particular date, past, present, or future, has three wheel members adapted to rotate about a common center. The first wheel member has in its center indicia representing the phases of the moon and has around its circumference indicia representing the century. The second wheel member has in its center a first transparent window and has around its circumference indicia representing the year for aligning with the century indicia of the first member and indicia representing the month of the year. The third wheel member has in its center a second transparent window and has around its circumference an indicator for aligning with the month indicia of the second member and indicia for representing the day of the calendar month for aligning with the moon phase indicia of the first member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2007
    Inventor: Sean Anderson Barton
  • Patent number: 7196973
    Abstract: In order to display images true to the real appearance of the moon during a lunation, particularly in a watch, there is provided a rotating indicator disc (8) arranged behind a circular aperture of a dial and comprising an annular region (20) subdivided into alternatively light (21–25) and dark (26–30) fields by lines of separation (31–40) having different shapes, which can appear in succession in the aperture. The drive means impart primary movements on the indicator disc (8), each of which is large enough to replace one of the lines of separation by another in the aperture, and smaller secondary movements, to produce small movements of the line of separation inside the aperture. This allows a new image of the moon to be given every day, true to reality, with a restricted number of light and dark fields on the indicator disc and a particularly large aperture in relation to the size of the dial. A version with electric driving is disclosed and a version driven by a mechanical watch movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2007
    Assignee: Asulab S.A.
    Inventors: Jean-Jacques Born, Frédéric Meylan
  • Patent number: 7170824
    Abstract: The calendar mechanism for a watch includes two rotating indicators provided with respective toothed wheels (11, 14), indicating for example the date and the phase of the moon or the day of the week, and drive lever (21) provided with two beaks (22, 23) for making the corresponding indicator move forward one step, depending upon whether it is pivoting in one direction or the other. The daily movement forward of the indicators is assured by a drive wheel (20) making one revolution per day and provided with a pin (38) which cooperates with a cam surface (33) of the drive lever. In order to correct the indicators independently of each other, a gear train (44) actuated by a control stem of the watch causes a correction wheel (50) to rotate, which acts on a nose of the drive lever (21) to pivot the latter selectively in one direction or the other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2007
    Assignee: Montres Breguet SA
    Inventors: Nell Wilmouth, legal representative, Hubert Wilmouth, legal representative, Liliane Wilmouth, legal representative, Jean Wilmouth, deceased
  • Patent number: 6928032
    Abstract: A mechanism for displaying the moon phases which has an upper disc or moon dial (1) and a lower disc or moon indicator (2) that is mounted concentrically to it. One of these discs is mounted rotatably relative to the other. The moon dial (1) has two windows (1a, 1b) in order to account in the display for the different appearance of the moon phases in the northern and southern hemisphere of the earth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2005
    Assignee: Richemont International SA
    Inventors: Gerd Plange, Denis Zimmermann
  • Patent number: 6885614
    Abstract: The device includes an indicator (3) in the shape of a plate, moving behind a dial (1) having a circular aperture (2), which represents the lunar disc. The indicator includes an S-shaped line of separation (6) between a dark zone (4) and a light zone (5) representing the non-illuminated part and the illuminated part of the moon in the aperture. The indicator is rotatably mounted at the centre of symmetry C of the line of separation (6) on a rotating support making two revolutions per lunation. An image matching the appearance of the moon in each phase is thus obtained. Such a device can be used particularly in a watch or another timepiece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2005
    Assignee: Asulab S.A.
    Inventor: Gilles Rey-Mermet
  • Publication number: 20040223413
    Abstract: The device includes an indicator (3) in the shape of a plate, moving behind a dial (1) having a circular aperture (2), which represents the lunar disc. The indicator includes an S-shaped line of separation (6) between a dark zone (4) and a light zone (5) representing the non-illuminated part and the illuminated part of the moon in the aperture. The indicator is rotatably mounted at the centre of symmetry C of the line of separation (6) on a rotating support making two revolutions per lunation. An image matching the appearance of the moon in each phase is thus obtained. Such a device can be used particularly in a watch or another timepiece.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 29, 2004
    Publication date: November 11, 2004
    Applicant: ASULAB S. A.
    Inventor: Gilles Rey-Mermet
  • Publication number: 20040141422
    Abstract: A perpetual lunar gauge consisting of a disc upon which there are arranged (49) equally spaced radial marks around the perimeter, another disc within this one around which there are arranged (32) equally spaced radial marks, and within this, another moveable disc with phases of the moon indicated upon it where a whole lunation corresponds to a concentric arc of approximately 216.96 degrees. An index arm or indicator placed upon this is used to align with any particular angle on the gauge. A central axle securing these together, allows each piece to be turned relative to the others.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 10, 2004
    Publication date: July 22, 2004
    Inventor: Alistair Fitchet
  • Patent number: 6507536
    Abstract: A moon-phase dial mechanism comprising two overlapping, rotatable discs behind a substantially circular window capable of exhibiting a representation of the phases of the moon in a lunar cycle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2000
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2003
    Inventor: Richard Keatch
  • Patent number: 5974001
    Abstract: A moon phase device for determining the moon phase of a particular date, BC or AD, new style date or old style date, has six tube members adapted to move relative to each other. The first tube member has a first side with indicia thereon for representing the moon phases and a second side with indicia for representing the thousands of the year. The second tube member has a third side with a first indicator for selecting the thousands year and a fourth side with indicia for representing the hundreds of the year. The third tube member has a fifth side with a second indicator for selecting the hundreds year and a sixth side with indicia for representing the tens of the year. The fourth tube member has a seventh side with a third indicator for selecting the tens year and a eighth side with indicia for representing the single digit of the year. The fifth tube member has a ninth side with a fourth indicator for selecting the single digit of the year and a tenth side with indicia for representing the month.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 26, 1999
    Inventor: Sean Anderson Barton
  • Patent number: 5508979
    Abstract: This timepiece is provided to indicate the phases of the earth as they would be perceived by an astronaut contemplating the heavens from the moon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 1995
    Date of Patent: April 16, 1996
    Assignee: ETA SA Fabriques d'Ebauches
    Inventor: Kilian Eisenegger
  • Patent number: 5469410
    Abstract: A watch comprising several hands driven independently of each other by several motors, and comprising a date function whereby the date is displayed on two scales, the first for the tens and the second for the units. Specific design features also allow the month, leap year and phases of the moon to be displayed. In a specific embodiment, the hands may be replaced by graduated discs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 1994
    Date of Patent: November 21, 1995
    Assignee: Eta Sa Fabriques d'Ebauches
    Inventor: Jean-Claude Berney
  • Patent number: 5299126
    Abstract: An electronic tide watch comprising a memory for storing a table of tide times, heights, and geographic offsets, an input circuit for entering times, dates, and geographic offsets, a processing circuit for identifying stored tide information corresponding to an input time and date, and a display for showing selected tide times and heights.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 1989
    Date of Patent: March 29, 1994
    Inventor: Michael Spraker
  • Patent number: 5245590
    Abstract: A timepiece having a circular face for displaying analog time of day and using the same face to display the phases of the moon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 1992
    Date of Patent: September 14, 1993
    Inventor: William A. Galison
  • Patent number: 5155710
    Abstract: A clock with a movable moon display having an improved moon dial in which a moon replica plate is associated integrally with the moon dial in spaced recessed relation to a round opening in the dial so that the moon replica takes on a shadowed illusion of depth while moving bodily with the dial transit of the display. This shadowed illusion can be disirably emphasized or enhanced by the provision within the clock housing of a source of illumination impinging on the display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 1990
    Date of Patent: October 13, 1992
    Assignee: Pulaski Furniture Corporation
    Inventor: Thomas Roop
  • Patent number: 5086416
    Abstract: A dial 1 provided with an hour graduation 2 cooperating with hands 3, 4, 5, intended to be driven by the hand setting of a movement on which the module can be fixed. This dial 1 comprises further a circular twenty-four hours graduation 11 cooperating simultaneously on the one hand with a hand 13 driven in rotation by a mechanism of the module at a speed of one complete revolution per twenty-four hours and on the other hand a tides disc 12 driven in rotation by the mechanism of the module at a speed of one complete turn for each moon cycle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 1990
    Date of Patent: February 4, 1992
    Assignee: Dubois & Depraz S.A.
    Inventors: Gerald Dubois, Francois Berthoud
  • Patent number: 4993002
    Abstract: A moon clock for indicating a phase of the moon. The moon clock comprises a moon disk rotatable about a central axis having moon representation means and a continuous scale disposed on the front surface thereof, drive means for rotating the moon disk at a rate corresponding to the rate of the lunar orbit, marker means for marking a position of the moon representation means that indicates a phase of the moon at a given time and for marking a division of the continuous scale, and a stationary vernier scale positioned adjacent to the continuous scale for measuring a fractional part of the division of the continuous scale marked by the marker means. Also provided is a tide clock for indicating a state of the tide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 1989
    Date of Patent: February 12, 1991
    Inventor: Breene M. Kerr
  • Patent number: 4766579
    Abstract: A basic clockwork, initially arranged in such a way as to comprise two supplementary indicators, of the date and of the days of the week, which have been removed, is provided with an additional module carrying supplementary indicators, which can number two, three or even four. These indicators being separate from the basic clockwork, their position can be chosen very freely by a constructor. In order to prevent having to provide the clockwork with one or several supplementary control members, for the correction of said indicators, a correcting mechanism of the basic clockwork, comprising a control stem operating a sliding pinion is used. A shaft of the sliding pinion has been extended up to a frame of the additional module and carries a pinion meshing, according to the sense in which the control stem is operated, either with a wheel belonging to a correcting gear train of one of the supplementary indicators, or with a pinion belonging to a correcting gear train of another supplementary indicator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 1987
    Date of Patent: August 23, 1988
    Assignee: Complications S.A.
    Inventor: Jorg Sporring
  • Patent number: 4692031
    Abstract: A clock for indicating moon phase comprises a moon phase dial fixed to a hub rotatable around an axle for indicating the moon phase according to the angular position thereof relative to the axle. The moon phase dial has a set of circumferentially spaced peripheral projections manually engageable during correction of the angular position thereof. A moon phase gear is slideably disposed around the hub and is driven to continuously rotate around the axle at a rotation period related to the moon phase period. A slip mechanism is disposed between the moon phase dial and the moon phase gear and frictionally engages between the face of the moon phase gear which is opposed to the moon phase dial and the periphery of the hub.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 1986
    Date of Patent: September 8, 1987
    Assignee: Seikosha Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Koichi Kaneko, Masado Hanya
  • Patent number: 4684260
    Abstract: An astronomical clock shows on a moon disc diametrically opposed images of the sun and the moon or, respectively, two moons which during twenty four hours appear alternately in a semicircular opening and travel through it. Approximate images of the moon phases are rendered with daily advanced moon phase discs which are attached off-center in a rotating fashion on the moon disc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 1986
    Date of Patent: August 4, 1987
    Assignee: Johann Jackle Metallwarenfabrik, GmbH & Co.
    Inventor: Horst Jackle
  • Patent number: 4548512
    Abstract: Watch with moon phases indicator constituted by a moon phases indicating member (14) partly appearing through the moon wicket (13A) of a moon phases indicating member (13) in such a way that it represents the shape of the moon as a function of the quarter which it occupies relative to the time displayed by the hour indicating members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 1983
    Date of Patent: October 22, 1985
    Inventor: Raoul-Henri Erard
  • Patent number: 4396293
    Abstract: A salat time alarm electronic timepiece is implemented with a one chip microcomputer. An outer read only memory is installed in the electronic timepiece for storing the sunrise time data and the sunset time data at various cities in world. The system reads out sunrise time and sunset time data from the outer read only memory and calculates five salat times of the present day. The thus calculated salat time data is stored in a storage means and compared with the current time data to provide an alarm sound when the current time reaches one of the five salat times.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 1981
    Date of Patent: August 2, 1983
    Assignee: Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Takatoshi Mizoguchi
  • Patent number: 4334297
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a globe clock which includes an earth sphere rotating at a rate of 1 revolution per minute, a moon sphere orbiting the earth sphere at a rate of one revolution per 12 hours and a satellite sphere orbiting the earth sphere at a rate of one revolution per hour, all mounting in a black housing and immersed in "black light".
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 1980
    Date of Patent: June 8, 1982
    Inventor: Gerald D. Oros
  • Patent number: RE36662
    Abstract: A timepiece having a circular face for displaying analog time of day and using the same face to display the phases of the moon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 1996
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2000
    Inventor: William A. Galison