Dial Or Hand Patents (Class 368/228)
  • Patent number: 6525999
    Abstract: A watch with an illuminated display comprises a case. The case has a bottom wall with an upstanding peripheral wall. A divider wall is provided between the walls to form a watch chamber and a display chamber. A timing assembly is provided in the watch chamber. The timing assembly has hands and a face. Also provided is an illuminatable ornamental display. The display may have any of a plurality of designs. The display has a rectangular base. The base is selectively received within the display chamber. A light source is provided beneath the base. Further provided are coupling components. The coupling components selectively position or remove the display. Last provided is a transparent crystal. The crystal is positioned over the upper face of the watch chamber. In this manner the face and hands of the watch are protected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2003
    Inventor: Herbert Shevins
  • Patent number: 6525998
    Abstract: A functional commemorative timepiece to memorialize an event such as a birth, marriage or the like has a first and second set of pointers. The first set of pointers are under a crystal and move across a dial for indicating the current time of day. The second set of pointers are stationary and are attached to the crystal for indicating the hour and minute at which the event to be memorialized occurred. There is a bezel around the crystal with a legend indicating the event being memorialized and a festoon may be provided with markings correlated with the legend.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2003
    Inventor: Karen A. Taylor
  • Patent number: 6438072
    Abstract: A dual-liquid ornament is provided with an exclusive magnetic floating body driving mechanism in addition to clock movement, so that a magnetic floating body in the ornament is magnetically driven by the driving mechanism to move without adversely affecting the accuracy of the clock movement. The floating body driving mechanism is rebuilt from a mass-produced clock movement by employing the basic structure and most parts of the latter, such that a new gear shaft is provided to rotate at an increased rotary speed about 6 rpm. The new gear shaft is extended from a housing of the floating body driving mechanism and has a magnet carrier connected to an outer end thereof. When the new gear shaft is rotated, the magnet carrier rotates at the same time to drive the magnetic floating body to move in the ornament.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2002
    Inventor: Jui-An Tsai
  • Patent number: 6421302
    Abstract: There is provided a digital dial face for facilitating a display of time. The dial face of the present invention comprises at least one centrally located hour indicator and a plurality of minute indicators disposed about the periphery of the hour indicator. Each of the minute indicators may be selectively operative to display a prescribed series of minutes of time. The hour indicator and the minute indicators may collectively function to facilitate the acknowledgment of time. The arrangement of the hour and minute indicators may be reversed such that a single minute indicator and a plurality of hour indicators are provided. In either case, the user may determine time by reading the alpha-numeric display of the central indicator and recognizing the position of the illuminated peripheral indicator. Information displaced on the peripheral indicator need not be read to provide an approximation of time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2002
    Inventor: Richard C. Wimberly
  • Patent number: 6418087
    Abstract: A fiber optics polychromatic animation configuration for a clock includes an array of penetrating holes in an appropriate amount installed on the numbers and surface of the dial in order to provide polychromatic patterns when the holes are penetrated by fiber optics coupled to multicolor LEDs driven by a circuit board. The circuit board drives the LEDs so as to illuminate the fiber optics accordingly, particularly to display polychromatic animation while the clock is alarming by a time signal or a timer setting, or even while the clock darkens up during the nighttime so that it is still capable of showing time and patterns distinctly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2002
    Inventor: Ching Ju Huang
  • Patent number: 6366540
    Abstract: Timepieces, in a single-housed, single-crystal design, constructed to provide an unobstructed central area of the face for enhanced display of artwork, logos, holograms, designs and/or pictures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 1998
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2002
    Inventor: Edward Kaminsky
  • Patent number: 6327226
    Abstract: To the spindles of the mechanism (1) of a wall clock or a table clock are mounted, in substitution of the hands, two couples of cams (8, 9 and 6, 7) which transmit respectively to hands (11 and 12) of the minutes and the hours rotating around a spindle (18), an anti-clockwise direction movement different from the ones of the mechanism (1) on a 120° circular sector instead of on a clock-face. The sector is graduated in order to indicate the hours along an arc of twelve hours and 60 minutes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 1999
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2001
    Inventor: Luca Russi
  • Patent number: 6266297
    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: June 1, 1999
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2001
    Assignee: Casio Computer Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Sonoda, Shunji Minami
  • Patent number: 6229768
    Abstract: A trick action type clock, wherein a dial plate which is arranged in front of ornaments is made of left and right side dial plates mating along a line passing through a center of rotation of the hands. A planetary gear mechanism actuates the left and right side dial plates so as to make them rotate and revolve around the center of rotation of the hands to produce an opening and closing motion. Therefore, the dial plate made of the two mating parts performs an opening and closing motion which produces a strong impression due to the surprising dynamic change.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2001
    Assignee: Rhythm Watch Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Nakazawa, Hiroshi Ito
  • Patent number: 6219306
    Abstract: A device for projecting spectral display onto a viewing surface, having numerous light projecting segments attached to rotating hollow shafts, mounted and rotating upon each other on coaxial based shaft. The projecting segments include a light emitting source to produce light rays, a light convergent member such as lens and a diffraction member such as prism or diffraction gratings, for effecting spectral dispersion of the light rays for projecting same onto viewing surface to create the spectral display in a motion or a dynamic spectral display. The rotating hollow shafts provide built-in electrical wiring tracks and a connection to energize the light source, and they also provide mechanical connection through geared wheel to receive power to effect the rotating motion. The projecting segments with their respective rotating shafts are accommodated inside a casing or a housing of the device, which can be individual or portable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2001
    Inventor: Zdzislaw Kwiatkowski
  • Patent number: 6208593
    Abstract: A luminous body mounted in a watch below hands and a protective crystal and controlled by a switch to produce light, the luminous body including an insulative layer sandwiched in between a first conductive layer and a second conductive layer, electroluminescent means arranged on the insulative layer for producing light upon electric connection of electricity to the first and second conductive layers, the electroluminescent means having a first electroluminescent layer formed of a plurality of electroluminescent indices respectively arranged on the insulative layer around the border area of the insulative layer and a second electroluminescent layer of annular shape arranged on the center area of the insulative layer, a plurality of marks covered on the electroluminescent indices of the first electroluminescent layer, and a light penetrable layer covered on the first conductive layer, the light penetrable layer having a plurality of raised portions corresponding the electroluminescent indices of the first elect
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 1999
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2001
    Inventor: Ching-Shin Liao
  • Patent number: 6160767
    Abstract: A clock includes a base, a clock movement held by the base and having rotatable translucent hour and minute indicators, a cover coaxially connected to the base, and a light source supported between the cover and the indicators for shining light through the indicators to form respective images around the base on a wall behind the base for displaying time. The cover includes a light diffusible extended periphery having an inner surface with an integral visual element for illumination by the light source to appear visible on an outer surface of the periphery, opposite the inner surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 1999
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2000
    Assignee: Leona Lighting Design Ltd.
    Inventor: Wai Kwan Ho
  • Patent number: 6118735
    Abstract: A clock includes a housing with a receiving space and a slit extending along a portion of a surrounding wall thereof in a plane. A clock mechanism is fixed on a central area of the receiving space, and has a spindle with an axis normal to the plane. An elongated positioning member includes an abutment portion which is disposed above the clock mechanism and which has a through hole for passage of the spindle therethrough for mounting time indicating hands thereon, and an anchoring portion which extends from the abutment portion in a radial direction relative to the axis. The anchoring portion has right and left lateral sides opposite to each other and parallel to the radial direction. A dial plate is insertable into the receiving space via the slit along the plane, and has an inner periphery extending inwardly in the radial direction to confine a notch with two inner edge portions opposite to each other so as to mate respectively with the right and left lateral sides.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 1999
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2000
    Assignee: Jing Chen Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yuan-Chi Li
  • Patent number: 6052338
    Abstract: A wristwatch with an illuminated ornamental display system comprising a case. The case has a bottom wall in a circular configuration with an upstanding side wall and with an open top to form a chamber there within. The bottom wall has a periphery for releasably coupling with the remainder of the case. A support plate has a peripheral edge coupled to the interior of the side wall of the case. The support plate includes a small circular opening in the center of a first hemisphere and an enlarged oval opening in the center of a second hemisphere. A timing assembly has a container beneath the small opening with upstanding concentric rods extending through the small opening and with hands coupled to the rods for the indication of time. An illuminatable ornamental display assembly includes a member of a translucent material with a base received within the enlarged opening and a raised surface above the upper surface of the support plate. The display assembly also has a light beneath the member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2000
    Inventor: Herbert Shevins
  • Patent number: 6031791
    Abstract: A clock for facilitating the monitoring of a periodic, cyclical event, such as the orderly turning of bed bound patients. The clock comprises a face, indicia corresponding to the hours of a day, an hour hand and a minute hand operably attached to the face. The indicia corresponding to the hours of the day are coded in some manner, such as by coloring, to establish a plurality of time intervals. A legend is provided to associate the coded time interval to the occurrence of an event or of a particular status corresponding to each respective time interval. In one embodiment, the indicia for the hours of the day may be colored to indicate a given time interval. In an alternate embodiment, the face of the clock may be divided into sectors, each being representative of a time interval. In yet another embodiment, the indicia for the hours of the day may be positioned within an annular ring or band that is divided into segments, each being representative of a time interval.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 1997
    Date of Patent: February 29, 2000
    Inventor: DeAnna Thoni
  • Patent number: 5999496
    Abstract: Apparatus for the display of time, which includes a support frame and a driven gear having external teeth mounted to the support frame. The apparatus also includes a driven gear member having external teeth which engage the external teeth of the rigid so as to rotate it.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 1998
    Date of Patent: December 7, 1999
    Inventor: Yaron Chaut
  • Patent number: 5936914
    Abstract: In an electronic appliance equipped with a light emitting apparatus 30, a transparent sheet member 31 having a character, a pattern or other symbols is arranged on a front surface of a transmission type flat-shaped light emitting apparatus 32. A colored sheet member 33 is arranged behind this light emitting apparatus. Openings 21 are formed in the colored sheet member 31, the light emitting apparatus 32, and the transparent sheet member 33. These openings are communicated therethrough. A pointer shaft 19 and 20 of a gear train mechanism 17 for indicating a present time is penetrated through the openings. Hands 22 and 23 are rotatably driven above the transparent sheet member 31. When the light emitting apparatus 32 is turned OFF, the colored sheet member 33 can be observed through the transparent sheet member 31 and the transparent light emitting apparatus 32. Accordingly, the colored sheet member 33 may provide high-grade quality and decorative feelings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 10, 1999
    Assignee: Casio Computer Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Masanobu Yamaguchi, Tadao Hirano, Toshiyuki Suzuki
  • Patent number: 5912064
    Abstract: The dial plate according to the present invention comprises a substrate formed of a ceramic material and a colored coating layer formed on the substrate. And, the colored coating layer is characterized by having a colored layer formed of a ceramic paint containing a metal compound as a principal component. The substrate formed of a ceramic material is porous; and hence, diffuses incident light to conceal a solar battery placed on the backside from view. Since the colored layer is formed of a ceramic paint containing a metal compound as a principal component, it is easy to firmly attach it to the substrate formed of a ceramic material and it is capable of forming various colors corresponding to the types of metal compounds applied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 1997
    Date of Patent: June 15, 1999
    Assignee: Citizen Watch Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Akira Azuma, Hisato Hiraishi, Takashi Toida
  • Patent number: 5896349
    Abstract: The clock has a dial which may be removed from a casing and replaced by a different dial. The dial is located behind the crystal of the clock and the hands are located outside the crystal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 1997
    Date of Patent: April 20, 1999
    Inventor: Richard Paul Haze
  • Patent number: 5844864
    Abstract: Apparatus for the display of time, which includes a support frame and a driven gear having external teeth mounted to the support frame. The apparatus further includes a rigid annular member with internal teeth for engagement with the external teeth of the driven gear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 1996
    Date of Patent: December 1, 1998
    Inventor: Yaron Chaut
  • Patent number: 5838644
    Abstract: An electroluminescent display which is simple to manufacture and which is capable of high luminance consists of a transparent electrode disposed on a transparent substrate. On the transparent electrode are sequentially laminated layers including a fluorescent print pattern layer, a luminescent layer, an insulating layer and a rear electrode layer. The fluorescent layer is preferably formed of a fluorescent pigment and a fluoride resin binder and is provided at a portion of the electroluminescent display at which a display is to be created, such as the time indicating indicia on the dial of a timepiece. In a preferred embodiment, the electroluminescent display is provided as a timepiece dial and has a central hole therethrough for providing shafts for driving an hour hand, a minute hand and a second hand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 1995
    Date of Patent: November 17, 1998
    Assignee: Seiko Precision Inc.
    Inventors: Koji Yoneda, Koji Hirose, Shigehiko Aoki, Iwao Hirayama
  • Patent number: 5838643
    Abstract: According to the present invention, there is disclosed a timepiece which comprises a face having a polygonal configuration when viewed in plan and having a timekeeping mechanism coupled with the timepiece face. Along at least one of the sides of the polygon there is provided means for indicating the units of time. The hour of time may be indicated along one side and along another side may be provided means for indicating the minute of the hour. The invention includes additional features wherein the day of the month may be included along another side, and the seconds of the hour may be provided along another side of the polygon. Preferably the time piece, according to the present invention, will comprise an LCD screen which will display a decorative design in either a static or dynamic configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 1996
    Date of Patent: November 17, 1998
    Inventor: Daniel J. Reiner
  • Patent number: 5797345
    Abstract: Electrical instrument gage that has a pointer indicator member mounted on a rotatable shaft extending from the gage and including an electrically energizable light source mounted on and extending along the pointer portion of the indicator member. The light source is preferably an electroluminescent lamination that contains a pair of flex circuit terminal contacts extending from its base end. The light source is adhesively attached to the pointer portion of the indicator member. The base element of the indicator member contains a socket portion with a cylindrical opening configured to provide a friction fit to the axial shaft extending from the gage. The outer cylindrical surface of the socket contains an electrically conductive area and the gage contains an electrical wiper contact that makes continual electrical interconnection with the conductive portion of the socket over its rotational range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 1996
    Date of Patent: August 25, 1998
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: William J. Evans, II, Michael J. Kowalski
  • Patent number: 5793710
    Abstract: A horologe, such as a watch or a clock, includes a body housing a horological mechanism and having a substantially flat outer surface, a stem extending in a perpendicular direction from the outer surface, at least one hand attached to the stem and extending in a direction parallel to the outer surface. A rim extends around the periphery of the body, wherein a portion of the rim is removable from the body. An outer transparent crystal and inner transparent cover is attached to the non-removable portion of the rim above the outer surface. The crystal is disposed above the hand and the cover is disposed below the hand and above the outer surface. A thin, substantially flat removable face is adapted for insertion in and removal from the space between the outer surface and the inner transparent cover below the hand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 1996
    Date of Patent: August 11, 1998
    Assignee: North River Consulting, Inc.
    Inventor: James J. Jacobi, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5787055
    Abstract: A changeable wall clock system includes a single clock base used in conjunction with a number of different clock dials. The clock dials can be stacked atop one another in the clock base with only the uppermost dial visible. By changing which dial is uppermost, the visual appearance of the clock can be readily changed. The clock dials that are not visible can be stored in the clock base until they are needed. A tab and slot arrangement secures the multiple clock dials in the clock base. A removable frame helps hold the assembled clock together. By including multiple frames of different appearance in the system, further variety in the appearance of the assembled clock can be obtained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 1996
    Date of Patent: July 28, 1998
    Inventor: David J. Alpert
  • Patent number: 5761158
    Abstract: A covering member (4), a solar battery (3) and a hand-operating mechanism-containing movement (2) are housed inside a case (1) which has a front side opening (1a), a glass (5) which is provided in the front side opening (1a), in the order of these constituents from the face side of the case (1). The solar battery (3) is disposed opposite to the glass (5) at a light receiving surface thereof which is covered with the covering member (4). The covering member (4) can also serve as a dial. If the covering member (4) is molded out of ceramic, it can provide the dial with a white appearance, so that light can sufficiently be transmitted to the receiving surface of the solar battery (3) owing to the light transmittance of the ceramic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 1997
    Date of Patent: June 2, 1998
    Assignee: Citizen Watch Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Akira Azuma, Hisato Hiraishi, Takashi Toida
  • Patent number: 5751662
    Abstract: An illuminating timepiece includes: a casing having a plurality of hour numerals circumferentially disposed on a chapter ring of a dial of the casing, a plurality of stator illuminators each formed on each hour numeral on the dial, a first pointer or an hour hand rotatably mounted in the casing having at least a first rotor illuminator formed on the first pointer, a second pointer or a minute hand rotatably mounted in the casing having at least a second rotor illuminator formed on the second pointer, and an electric control device secured in the casing for subsequently switching on or off the illuminators in each pre-determined time interval for a clear read-out of time in a night or dark place.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 1997
    Date of Patent: May 12, 1998
    Inventor: Sen-Yen Shaw
  • Patent number: 5696740
    Abstract: A timepiece having an analog format with a face that has a first series of numbers and a second series of numbers, with the second series of numbers being concentrically aligned within the first series. Both series of numbers indicate civilian time and military time, with the first series corresponding to AM time and the second series corresponding to PM time. The hour hand of the clock has an outer section and an inner section that is slidably received therein. The inner section moves between an extended and retracted position, pointing at the first series of numbers and second series of numbers, respectively. When the inner section is in its retracted position, the timepiece indicates AM time, and when the inner section is in its extended position, the timepiece indicates PM time. In another embodiment, the timepiece has a liquid crystal display that shows an analog format. The hour hand in this format has an extension that is displayed and points to the first series of number indicating PM time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 1996
    Date of Patent: December 9, 1997
    Inventor: Lawrence E. Inabinet
  • Patent number: 5671192
    Abstract: A radio-controlled, analog display clockwork has at least two pointers and is driven by an electric driving arrangement. A pointer setting arrangement is provided for the user to bring the pointers of the clockwork to a predetermined position which corresponds to a certain time. Starting from said predetermined pointer position, the control device applies control signals to the driving arrangement, causing the pointers to move more quickly until they have reached a position which corresponds to the instantaneous time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 1995
    Date of Patent: September 23, 1997
    Inventor: Fritz Schaffel
  • Patent number: 5671194
    Abstract: Apparatus for the display of time, which includes a support frame and a driven gear having external teeth mounted to the support frame. The apparatus further includes a rigid annular member with internal teeth for engagement with the external teeth of the driven gear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 23, 1997
    Inventor: Yaron Chaut
  • Patent number: 5646913
    Abstract: A teaching clock with removable repositionable pieces for representing different periods of time including a housing having an interior and an opening for allowing access to the interior; a timing mechanism disposed within the interior of the housing for keeping track of a current hour of a day; a dial face plate extended over the timing mechanism of the housing; an hour hand coupled to the timing mechanism, disposed over the dial face plate, and rotatable relative to the dial face plate for indicating the current hour; a plurality of different-sized and generally pie-shaped pieces positionable upon the dial face plate and below the hour hand, each piece subtending a sectoral region on the dial face plate in relation to the hour hand for representing a period of time when a certain activity is to be performed; and a first coupling mechanism for removably coupling the pieces to the dial face plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 1995
    Date of Patent: July 8, 1997
    Inventor: Lyndale W. Quesenberry
  • Patent number: 5642335
    Abstract: A clock useful for instruction in how to read time comprising a face and two sets of numbers, the first set including integers one through twelve and the second set including integers zero through fifty-nine, positioned about the face and contained within differently colored bands first and second distances, respectively, from a center point of the face. The clock includes an hour hand colored the same as the first band and a minute hand colored the same as the second band rotatably attached to the face at the center point and extending to the first and second sets of numbers, respectively, the minute hand being longer than the hour hand. The face is divided into twelve equally sized segments, each of which is further divided into five equally sized sub-segments, beginning at the top center of the face and proceeding in a clockwise direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 1995
    Date of Patent: June 24, 1997
    Inventor: Raymond R. Taylor
  • Patent number: 5602803
    Abstract: Apparatus for the display of time, which includes a support frame and a driven gear having external teeth mounted to the support frame. The apparatus further includes a rigid annular member with internal teeth for engagement with the external teeth of the driven gear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 1995
    Date of Patent: February 11, 1997
    Inventor: Yaron Chaut
  • Patent number: 5592443
    Abstract: A watch has a watch case, a module mounted in the watch case, a dial secured to the watch case, and a shield for shielding the dial. The dial has an extending portion outwardly extending from the dial. The dial is secured to the watch case, and the shield is secured to the dial.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 1994
    Date of Patent: January 7, 1997
    Assignee: Citizen Watch Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Masahiro Kasaya, Yasuo Kitajima, Takayuki Hasumi
  • Patent number: 5572196
    Abstract: An electronic analog timepiece provided with a pager is not only excellent from design and fashion standpoints, but is capable of displaying information such as a call signal or alarm, a caller's number or identity, identification number, telephone number or the like on the analog watch display. On the basis of an output signal of an external inputting element or switch, or on the basis of an output signal of a timer, an output of one of a received message information storing circuit or a time measuring circuit is chosen for display by a display switching circuit. The signal selected for display is input to an analog display unit. Further, the output signal of the external inputting switch or timer circuit is input to the received information storing circuit to control the received information. Thus, the analog display can be utilized for the display of time and paging signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 1993
    Date of Patent: November 5, 1996
    Inventors: Kazumi Sakumoto, Fugio Ozawa
  • Patent number: 5557586
    Abstract: A unitary clock and picture frame. The clock and the area for receiving the picture occupy the same space within the frame. The clock movement housing is located between a transparent front panel and a rear panel of the frame. A drive stem assembly for receiving hand members extends outwardly from the movement housing through an opening in the transparent front panel, and hand members are attached to the outer portion of the drive stem assembly. Non-numeric hour indicia forming a clock face are located on said transparent front panel and have a configuration such that they continue to constitute a readable clock face when the transparent front panel is either rotated, reversed, or both rotated and reversed, thereby permitting the clock face to be located at any one of several predetermined locations depending upon its relationship to a picture to be inserted into the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 1995
    Date of Patent: September 17, 1996
    Inventors: Velvet J. McCuan, Gene A. McCuan
  • Patent number: 5508980
    Abstract: The invention concerns an analogue display timepiece.This timepiece comprises means for processing at least one decimal number having several figures corresponding to a period of time required to elapse before the activation of an alarm, and it is characterized in that it comprises a first display system (S1) cooperating with a first hand (H) to indicate selectively the order or significance of said figures, and a second display system (S2) cooperating with a second hand (MN) to indicate the value of the figure whose order or significance is indicated by the first hand (H).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 1995
    Date of Patent: April 16, 1996
    Assignee: Eta SA Fabriques d'Ebauches
    Inventor: Daniel Koch
  • Patent number: 5465239
    Abstract: An analogue display timepiece having at least one operation mode, time-related or non time-related, and able to provide information relating to the state of this mode and/or the state of a programmed event linked to the latter. The timepiece includes at least two analogue display organs providing an hour hand (H) and a minute hand (MN), an electronic control (22) to control the operation mode, and a display arrangement capable of providing the user with at least one alphanumerical message informing him of the state of the mode and/or the state of the event. The state display arrangement is formed by the hands (H, MN) themselves which, as a function of their relative angular position driven under the control of the electronic control (22), can act structurally upon the message to make it intelligible in the selected angular position of the hands.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 1994
    Date of Patent: November 7, 1995
    Assignee: ETA SA Fabriques D'Ebauches
    Inventor: Daniel Koch
  • Patent number: 5455808
    Abstract: An electronic timepiece having a mobile display (2) consisting of a motif (5) composed of n discrete elements P.sub.j that can be selectively activated by a microprocessor or a logic circuit receiving at least one base time signal, and making it possible both to impose the rhythm of increase of the number of activated elements P.sub.j and to effect a random selection of said activated elements, to progressively reveal or mask the motif (5) during the passage of a period of time T and/or the approach of an event E in relation to the functions or the operation of said timepiece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 1994
    Date of Patent: October 3, 1995
    Assignee: Asulab S.A.
    Inventors: Joachim Grupp, Yvan Teres
  • Patent number: 5422864
    Abstract: An analog timepiece that has a dominating large minute area surrounding a smaller hour inner circle area. The minute outer band area is divided into 2 hemispheres: the right hemisphere starting at the "o'clock" word on top, swing downward "after" around to the "half-past" word and arrow mark below, swinging upward "to or of" to the same "o'clock" word--thus completing the 60 minute band circle. Each of the two hemispheres will be a different but compatible color or shading from the other. The minute numbers in the one hemisphere will be the same size and type as the numbers in the other hemisphere, but of a different compatible color or shading (as blue and green, dark green and light green). The numbers in each hemisphere will begin next to "o'clock" and arrow with the number 5 appearing first in both hemispheres. Then using the multiples of 5, the numbers 5,10,15,20,25,30 will follow appropriately in both hemispheres with the number 30 shared at the bottom by both hemispheres.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 1991
    Date of Patent: June 6, 1995
    Assignee: James Lorello
    Inventor: James Lorello
  • Patent number: 5412625
    Abstract: A structural graphic display has one or more first generally transparent surfaces with reversed images superposed thereon juxtaposed to a reflective surface such that the reversed image may be viewed as a reflection in the reflective surface. The display may be either purely an ornamental device, or may be utilized in lamps, desk accessories, greeting cards, or clocks as disclosed herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 1990
    Date of Patent: May 2, 1995
    Inventor: Donna Duchek
  • Patent number: 5410520
    Abstract: A timepiece combines benefits of analog and digital displays in a format that is both easy to read and precise. The face of the timepiece includes a plurality of selectably displayable LCD numbers spaced about its periphery. Driving circuitry activates certain of the numbers to provide digital readouts of the hour and the minute along the periphery of the face at the angular positions conventionally corresponding thereto. Simulated analog hands can be provided as well. At 3:37, for example, the numbers 3 and 37 are activated on the periphery of the timepiece off the ends of the simulated hour and minute hands, respectively. The angular positioning of the activated peripheral numbers provides a readily discerned spatial impression of time; the numerals themselves provide digital accuracy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 1993
    Date of Patent: April 25, 1995
    Inventor: Noam R. Stampfer
  • Patent number: 5396474
    Abstract: A clock includes an inner frame, an outer frame, a sheet material clamped between the inner frame and the outer frame, and a clock mechanism fixed to the sheet material. The clock mechanism includes a shaft extended through the sheet material and two or more pointers secured to the shaft. Various kinds of patterns can be formed on the sheet material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 1993
    Date of Patent: March 7, 1995
    Inventor: Jay Lin
  • Patent number: 5380206
    Abstract: A personalizable animated character display (10) for transforming a face photograph (24) into a personalized animated character comprising a body image (20) and one or more movable body parts (12, 14). In the preferred embodiment, the animation is driven by a clock drive mechanism (30) and the display is configured to also serve the role of a clock. The display is made personalizable by providing an opening (22) in the character body image (20), through which the face on the personalizing face photograph (24) may be shown in such a position as to integrate with the character body image (20).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 1993
    Date of Patent: January 10, 1995
    Inventor: Margaret S. Asprey
  • Patent number: 5349572
    Abstract: A clock dial having a minute face, an hour face with a smaller diameter than the minute face, and a minute hand rotatable relative to the minute face. The minute face has a central axis for rotating the minute hand. The hour face is geared relative to the central axis such that one revolution of the minute hand moves the hour face for less than one full revolution. The central axis has a first gear extending therearound. This first gear engages gear teeth formed on an outer edge of the hour face. A motor is connected to the central axis on a side of the minute face opposite the hour face. The hour face is geared to the minute hand such that one revolution of the minute hand moves the hour face approximately 1/12 of a revolution. The minute face has a set of indicia representative of minutes. The hour face has a set of indicia representative of hours.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 1993
    Date of Patent: September 20, 1994
    Inventor: Jaroslay Belik
  • Patent number: 5305290
    Abstract: A double-faced clock having a device for adjusting time difference between two clock part. The double-faced clock comprising a first clock part containing a first gear group for operating hands of clock, a second clock part attached to a rear side of the first clock part which contains a second gear group similar to the first gear group, a driving shaft rotatably supported in the first and second clock parts and driven by a driving source which is mounted with a first driving gear engaging with any gear of the first gear group at its first end and which is mounted with a second driving gear engaging with any gear of the second gear group at its second end, and means for adjusting selectively time of one or both of the first and second clock parts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 1993
    Date of Patent: April 19, 1994
    Inventor: Won G. Yoo
  • Patent number: 5305292
    Abstract: A fluid filled watch includes a housing having a transparent housing lens, with watch hands mounted within a cavity of the watch containing a chemiluscent fluid. The fluid is arranged to provide for visual highlights within the watch during conditions of limited available light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 1992
    Date of Patent: April 19, 1994
    Inventor: Daniel Reynoso
  • Patent number: 5297121
    Abstract: An eccentrically designed watch is provided wherein the center of rotation of a watch is not located at the center of the watch face and is shifted vertically upwardly. The eccentricity is not observed by the user. A watch is provided in which the eccentricity factor is achieved in such a way to minimize working hours (only visual) eight (8) to four (4) hours and maximize four (4) to eight (8) non-working hours. Increments and actual numbers on the face of the watch increases in size from twelve (12) to six (6) hours and decreases from six (6) to twelve (12) hours to aid this effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 1992
    Date of Patent: March 22, 1994
    Inventor: Seyyed S. Sepehri
  • Patent number: 5285430
    Abstract: A behavior modification wristwatch (10) is disclosed which has a watch body (11) shaped in the form of an octagon, includes a face which is red in color and has the word "stop" printed on it to resemble a stop sign and thereby serve as a constant conscious and subconscious reminder to the user to stop his or her destructive behavior. Watch (10) includes three digital displays, a watch display (16) for displaying normal watch functions such as the time of day, the date, day of the week, alarm time, etc., a count-up display (17) for displaying elapsed time in days, hours and minutes for counting the time since the individual quit the destructive behavior, and a multi-character alpha display (18) for displaying words or phrases of positive reinforcement after certain elapsed periods of time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 1992
    Date of Patent: February 8, 1994
    Inventor: Neil W. Decker
  • Patent number: 5284108
    Abstract: An object of the present invention is to provide a display device for a vehicle which assures that visual recognizability can be improved by using a circular disc-shaped pointer while the pointer and characters, calibrations or the like on a dial overlap each other. A circular disc-shaped pointer composed of a polarized plate and including a slit-shaped indicating portion radially extending from the central part and the outer peripheral part of the pointer is arranged in front of a dial composed of a polarizing plate and having characters, calibrations or the like placed thereon. In addition, a light source is arranged behind the dial so as to illuminate the pointer with the light beam emitted therefrom. A movement is disposed at the central part of the light source to turn the pointer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 1992
    Date of Patent: February 8, 1994
    Assignee: Yazaki Corporation
    Inventor: Yoshiyuki Furuya