For Drum Or Plate Dial Type Patents (Class 368/222)
  • Patent number: 9304229
    Abstract: An improved system for the recording and display of barometric pressure information, comprising a timekeeper, barometric sensor, memory system, and display, integrated to form an instrument or horological complication for the display of the current barometric pressure and past pressure history by use of an animated display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Assignee: SBE Horological Automata, LLC
    Inventors: Robert Allen Shannon, Naomi Shulamith Diesendruck
  • Patent number: 8971157
    Abstract: A display apparatus which includes: a first display wheel that has a first display section; a second display wheel that has a second display section; a driving section that rotates in a forward direction and a reverse direction, and rotates the first display wheel in the forward direction and the reverse direction; and a rotating section that rotates only the first display wheel in the forward direction when the first display wheel is rotated in the forward direction, and rotates the second display wheel in the reverse direction together with the first display wheel when the first display wheel is rotated in the reverse direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Casio Computer Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yuta Saito
  • Publication number: 20130235706
    Abstract: A display apparatus characterized by having a scale mark display section which is provided in a predetermined display area; a pointer which moves on the scale mark display section and indicates a scale mark in the scale mark display section; a stepping motor which drives the pointer; a stopper section which is positioned in an end section of the scale mark display section and which restricts movement range of the pointer; and a movable supporting section which movably supports the stopper section.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 7, 2013
    Publication date: September 12, 2013
    Applicant: CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Hideo TAKENAWA
  • Patent number: 8169859
    Abstract: A clock assembly having a primary body in the shape of a type of animal. The primary body has a front face and a back face, and the secondary body has a front portion and a back portion. The primary and secondary bodies each have substantially circular openings with inner surfaces that are configured for selective receipt of a clock. At least a portion of the secondary body is secured to at least a portion of the secondary body, such that when the primary body and the secondary body are secured together, the substantially circular openings of the primary and secondary bodies are flush with one another. The clock assembly has at least one eyepiece. The outer surface of a clock having a clock display and a housing is mounted inside the inner surface of the opening of the primary body and the inner surface of the opening of the secondary body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2012
    Inventor: James Sheehan
  • Patent number: 7609589
    Abstract: A perpetual calendar clock includes an outer case that has a month window, a date window, a day-of-the-week window, and a clock window formed on the surface thereof. The clock includes a rotatory wheel set, a driving apparatuses, a clock-control unit, and a battery set, which are all fixed within the hollow outer case. The rotatory wheel set has a month wheel, a date wheel, and a day-of-the-week wheel, which, respectively, are aligned to the month window, the date window, and the day-of-the-week window of the outer case. Also, the clock-control unit is aligned to the clock window. The clock-control unit sends a signal for controlling and actuating deflecting rods, micro switches, and touch switches of the driving apparatuses so that the driving apparatuses act with the buses on a flexible circuit board disposed within one of the wheels; then, another control signal is sent to another wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2009
    Inventor: Kuei-Wen Sheu
  • Publication number: 20090103399
    Abstract: The invention concerns a base module comprising a barrel device, a display device, and a power reserve indicator, all the components of the module being placed vertically relative to the flanks of the case, and the adjusting member being arranged visibly and directly accessible on the flank of the case.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 3, 2007
    Publication date: April 23, 2009
    Inventors: Mathias Buttet, Enrico Barbasini, Michel Navas
  • Publication number: 20080225646
    Abstract: The present invention concerns a timepiece including a movement fitted with a power reserve indicator device, said timepiece including a barrel closed by a cover, a mainspring housed in said barrel and respectively connected to a barrel arbour and means for winding said mainspring, said indicator device including a differential gear kinematically connected by a first input to the barrel arbour, by a second input to the barrel and by an output to a power reserve indicator member and wherein the differential gear frame is arranged coaxially to the barrel arbour, characterized in that the second differential gear input is secured to the barrel cover, in that the differential gear output is formed by an inner toothed crown, in that the inner toothed crown is kinematically connected to the first input by at least first and second planetary wheel sets meshed with each other and in that the at least two planetary wheel sets are carried by the cover.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 6, 2008
    Publication date: September 18, 2008
    Applicant: MONTRES BREGUET S.A.
    Inventor: Alain Zaugg
  • Patent number: 6898154
    Abstract: A clock-driving device combined with a conventional core that takes advantage of conventional quartz oscillation comprises providing a magnet on the hand of the conventional core and providing a reed sensing device in the moving path of the magnet. When the magnet enters the sensing region of the reed sensing device, an electric communication path will be generated periodically and trigger the startup of the motor to drive a micro-motive device as well as to rotate the main mandrel to output power. As the motor driving said rotational mandrel to accomplish one action, said micro-motive device will interrupt the electric communication path so as to save electric power.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2005
    Inventor: Kuei-Wen Sheu
  • Patent number: 5838640
    Abstract: An analog hand mechanism having hands in a watch case, and a plate-like luminescent device in the watch case, to illuminate the analog hand mechanism. A metallic layer or a metallic ink layer, for giving a feeling of metallic gloss by receiving illumination of light emitted from the surface of the luminescent device, is disposed on at least a side of the upper surface and the lower surface of the luminescent device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 17, 1998
    Assignee: Casio Computer Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Sonoda, Shunji Minami
  • Patent number: 5581520
    Abstract: An elapsed time hour meter for measuring and indicating an amount of elapsed time used in many types of applications. The elapsed time hour meter has a cylindrical rotating counter indicator that indicates the amount of elapsed time, and it is driven by an electrically powered watch movement. The gear work of the elapsed time hour meter couples the watch movement to the rotating counter whereby the watch movement drives the counter indicator to measure and indicate the actual amount of elapsed time. The watch movement is a reliable production wrist watch without battery, face and hands and to the minute stem of which is affixed a minute gear coupled to an intermediate gear supported on a lower housing half which couples to the counter indicator. The power supply elements and external terminals are supported in the upper housing half. The elapsed time hour meter is versatile and reliable and has the advantages of being small in size, low in cost, and low in power consumption.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 1994
    Date of Patent: December 3, 1996
    Assignee: Electrodynamics, Inc.
    Inventor: Gerald W. Ogden
  • Patent number: 5274616
    Abstract: A perpetual calendar structure comprising an outer casing, an interior frame, a driver, a clock control and a power source including a battery, in which the outer casing has windows for display of date, month, weekday and time, the interior frame in incorporated with a date display set, a month display set, and a weekday display set each aligning with their respective windows, the clock control is aligned with the time display window, and is used to give a signal at the end of each rotation of a cycle of 12-hour period to control the driver to cause a weekday driver to turn the weekday display set to next plate showing a weekday and A.M. or P.M., a date driver to turn the date display set to next plate showing a date after every two weekday plates are turned, and a month driver to turn the month display set to next plate showing a month after 31 date display plates are turned automatically without the need of manual control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 1992
    Date of Patent: December 28, 1993
    Inventor: Kuei-Wen Shu
  • Patent number: 4634289
    Abstract: A clock construction, a Geneva clutch therefor and methods of making the same are provided, the clock construction comprising a frame, a drive unit carried by the frame, a time indicating unit carried by the frame, and a Geneva clutch carried by the frame and operatively interconnecting the drive unit to the time indicating unit so that the drive unit can drive the time indicating unit in a timed sequence thereof, the clutch comprising a shaft rotatably carried by the frame, a pair of leaf springs each having opposed ends with a longitudinal axis therebetween, one of the opposed of each leaf spring being fixed to the shaft so that the leaf springs rotate in unison therewith, and a Geneva pinion rotatably disposed on the shaft and having a multi-sided section engaged by the leaf springs to tend to cause the shaft to rotate in unison with the pinion about an axis of rotation as the pinion is being rotated by the drive unit, the leaf springs each having the longitudinal axis thereof disposed substantially transv
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 1985
    Date of Patent: January 6, 1987
    Assignee: Robertshaw Controls Company
    Inventor: Larry V. Price
  • Patent number: 4430004
    Abstract: A clock which includes a member which rotates in a time dependent manner and which has a substantially cylindrical periphery about the axis of generation which has disposed thereabout two axially spaced sets of clockwise sequenced indicia indicative of the time, the two sets being out of phase about the periphery by the angle .alpha. with one set having the indicia inverted relative to the other, the member being so arranged within a housing that a sight element disposed about the periphery can indicate on the appropriate indicia the particular time. Ideally the angle .alpha. is 180.degree.. The invention also consists of a device to convert a conventional clock to such a multi-faceted display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 1982
    Date of Patent: February 7, 1984
    Inventor: Noel N. Nitschke
  • Patent number: 4423965
    Abstract: An elongated clock includes a pair of adjacent, cylindrical, rolls providing one roll with five minute segments indicated and a second roll with twelve hours of morning and evening indicated. These rolls are mounted about a shaft connected with a constant speed motor which rotates the minute cylinder at a constant rate. A gearing arrangement at the end of the shaft couples the shaft with the roll indicating hours and turns the hour roll once every hour. A segmented drive gear is coupled to the shaft and includes a pair of teeth which engage a pinion which in turn has every tooth meshing with a gear attached to turn the hour roll. Thus, one complete rotation of the shaft produces one-twelfth of a full rotation of the hour roll. The pinion gear is prevented from overriding after indexing because a locking rim of the segmented drive gear nestles into gear teeth extensions of every other tooth of the pinion gear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 1982
    Date of Patent: January 3, 1984
    Inventors: Johannes F. J. M. Muller, Joannes A. M. Van Dongen
  • Patent number: 4346270
    Abstract: A digital clock is coupled to a cam means of a timing mechanism so that the clock can indicate the time remaining of a cycle provided by the cam means. One of the display wheels of the clock is intermittently rotated through the stored energy of a torsion spring, the energy being stored when the wheel is prevented from rotating by a slider which engages the wheel. A second display wheel is intermittently rotated as the first wheel is rotated through a geneva gear system which couples the two wheels together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 1980
    Date of Patent: August 24, 1982
    Assignee: Emhart Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Garry A. Stout, Donald L. Ray
  • Patent number: 4298972
    Abstract: A first detecting means for detecting the phase of an hour time wheel and a second detecting means adapted to cooperate with a projection provided with each of some of a plurality of minute indication leaves, said some leaves occurring at a constant interval, are provided. The first and second detecting means are associated together, and with detection of phase by the first detecting means the second detecting means is rendered capable of cooperation with the projection of a minute leaf. Subsequently, when the phase of the projection is detected by the second detecting means, an alarm device is operated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 1979
    Date of Patent: November 3, 1981
    Assignee: Seiko Koki Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Masuo Ogihara, Kozo Chimura, Nobuo Shinozaki, Yoichi Seki
  • Patent number: 4293938
    Abstract: An alarm signaling time setting member is coupled to a minute indication drum having minute-scale alarm time graduations and an hour indication drum having hour-scale alarm signaling time graduations is intermittently advanced by the minute indication drum. First and second detection members for detecting the alarm signaling time are provided in correspondence to an hour time wheel and a minute time wheel respectively. The first detection member is geared to the second detection member, and the second detection member is geared to the minute indication drum to permit the detection member positions to be continuously set.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 1979
    Date of Patent: October 6, 1981
    Assignee: Seiko Koki Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Masuo Ogihara, Kozo Chimura, Nobuo Shinozaki, Yoichi Seki
  • Patent number: 4287586
    Abstract: First and second detecting wheels, the phases of which can be varied in accordance with the setting of an alarm signaling time, are provided in correspondence to an hour time wheel and a minute time wheel respectively. Among a plurality of leaves adapted for digitally indicating the minute time, some of the leaves, which occur at a constant interval of minutes, are each provided with a projection, and a third detecting means is provided to detect the presence or absence of this projection. An alarm device is actuated when the first and second detecting wheels and third detecting means are concurrently actuated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 1979
    Date of Patent: September 1, 1981
    Assignee: Seiko Koki Kabushki Kaisha
    Inventors: Masuo Ogihara, Kozo Chimura, Nobuo Shinozaki, Yoichi Seki
  • Patent number: 4207733
    Abstract: An elapsed time indicator is provided which performs accurate and reliable time measurements. The device includes an indicator assembly having a plurality of numbered wheels drivingly coupled to a drive wheel having a plurality of upstanding peripheral teeth. A verge escapement mechanism employs a side acting verge member which moves in a predetermined plane and acts on only one side of the drive wheel. The peripheral teeth of the drive wheel cooperate with the verge member to move the drive wheel through predetermined intervals and drive the numbered wheels of the indicator assembly. An electromagnet pulsed by a solid state time base and driver circuit oscillates the verge member to advance the drive wheel and to operate the indicator assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 1978
    Date of Patent: June 17, 1980
    Assignee: Datcon Instrument Company
    Inventors: Leonard H. Copeland, Joseph B. Wible
  • Patent number: 4193256
    Abstract: Various digit display units and digit shift means disposed between adjacent digit display units are mounted on two parallel supporting shafts extending between opposing side walls of a frame. A motor for driving the least significant digit is mounted on the outside of one side wall, and a time switch mechanism comprising a timer setting wheel, a cam gear and a timer lever is disposed between the other side wall and a sub-plate spaced therefrom. Cams are secured on the opposite ends of a shaft which supports the digit shift means, one of the cams engaging the timer lever, while the other cam engaging a buzzer operating member vibrated by the leakage flux of the motor. The operation of the timer lever is transmitted to the buzzer operating member through the digit shift means supporting shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 1978
    Date of Patent: March 18, 1980
    Assignee: Tamura Electric Works, Ltd.
    Inventors: Kanji Tobeta, Shuji Otsuka
  • Patent number: 4192136
    Abstract: A digital readout apparatus includes a housing, a plurality of members providing, respectively, a presentation of units-of-minutes, tens-of-minutes, and hours, a shaft for supporting the members within the housing for movement in rotation imparted either by a timed or manual setting input to the member of lowest order. The digital readout apparatus also includes an endshake element received on the shaft between the hours member and the housing. The endshake element includes cam structure on a side surface which cooperates with cam structure similarly contoured on the housing thereby through selective rotational adjustment of the endshake element relative to the shaft, both the hours and tens-of-minutes members are moved axially along the shaft relative to the units-of-minutes member which is fixed to the shaft for varying clearance between the members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 1977
    Date of Patent: March 11, 1980
    Assignee: General Time Corporation
    Inventor: Ralph C. Robinson