Dial Or Hand Patents (Class 368/228)
  • Patent number: 5280461
    Abstract: A timepiece is provided in the form of a body having a face which displays a sinusoidal path of multiples of twelve wavelengths within a circular periphery, and concentric rings on the face which intersect the path. An arm rotates about the center of the face a rate of one revolution per every twelve hours. A time-indicating pointer, mounted for guided longitudinal movement with respect to the arm, reciprocates with respect to the arm at one cycle per hour. The combined rotation of the arm and reciprocation of the pointer cause the pointer to follow the sinusoidal path, such that the pointer indicates hours by its circumferential position relative to the crests of the wavelengths and indicates minutes by its radial position relative to the concentric rings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 1992
    Date of Patent: January 18, 1994
    Inventor: Jaroslav Belik
  • Patent number: 5257246
    Abstract: A timekeeping display of the type in which a set of hands rotate about an origin and sweep across a face to indicate the time in an analog fashion, wherein the face is divided into a plurality of part-faces each of which retains its spatial relationship to the origin, and which are separated from each other to divide the origin into that plurality of notional origins; and in use, the set of hands appear to rotate about each notional origin and each hand sweeps across each part-face in every revolution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 1992
    Date of Patent: October 26, 1993
    Inventor: Patricia M. Ehsman
  • Patent number: 5255248
    Abstract: A watch is disclosed herein having a case mounting a time-keeping mechanism with hour and minute hands movable across the face of a numbered dial. A time line hand is included, settable by pushbutton to a start position superimposed with the position of the minute hand whereby angular displacement of the minute hand as it moves away from the time line hand establishes elapsed time of an event. A rotatable bezel is coaxially disposed with respect to the watch dial which carries an index arrow and a figure thirty situated 180 degrees apart. The time line hand is selectively operable with the arrow marking of the bezel for reading "count down" time for an event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 1992
    Date of Patent: October 19, 1993
    Inventor: Steven L. Goodmon
  • Patent number: 5226023
    Abstract: The invention concerns a timepiece movement having a baseplate (20), a motor (22), an oscillating system (24), driving elements (26, 27) intended to drive indicating elements (16, 18), a gear train (28) having at least one wheel coupling the driving elements (26, 27) to the motor (22), the motion of the gear train being regulated by the oscillating system (24), the timepiece movement being characterized in that it further includes a support element (50) for at least one of the elements other than the baseplate constituting the movement, the support element (50) being driven in rotation in the vicinity of the edge of the baseplate by a wheel (48) of the gear train.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 1992
    Date of Patent: July 6, 1993
    Assignee: ETA SA Fabriques d'Ebauches
    Inventor: Maurice Grimm
  • Patent number: 5224078
    Abstract: A watch is disclosed having a transparent member with decorative indicia thereon located between the interior of a removeable crystal member and the face of the watch. The transparent member is changeable to allow the appearance of the watch to be markedly changed, with the time being easily viewable through the transparent member. The invention is equally applicable to analog or digital watches, and to any configuration of watch case. In an alternate embodiment, the transparent member is installed for rotating movement driven by the watch movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 1991
    Date of Patent: June 29, 1993
    Inventor: Mark Mallin
  • Patent number: 5222053
    Abstract: An analog electronic watch includes a dial provided with a window, an electro-optical display device arranged below the window, and a shutter plate, movably arranged between the dial and the electro-optical display device, for opening and closing the window. The shutter plate is moved at a preset time to expose the electro-optical display device through the window of the dial, so that an alarm information displayed on the electro-optical display device becomes visible from outside.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 1991
    Date of Patent: June 22, 1993
    Assignee: Casio Computer Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Tatsuo Ohhira
  • Patent number: 5216642
    Abstract: A clock assembly includes an enlarged planar support face for receiving a first picture thereon, wherein a secondary support surface within the first support surface mounts a secondary picture, with the clock member projecting through the first support surface and a perimeter frame work projecting forwardly of each support surface for directing visual attention therewithin. A modification of the invention includes removable dials mounted to the clock to permit mounting of clock hands with appropriate symbology relative to desired sports figures. Further, a modification of the invention provides for enclosed pocket structure for mounting and receiving a secondary picture therewithin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 1991
    Date of Patent: June 1, 1993
    Inventor: Henry D. Rikkers
  • Patent number: 5204846
    Abstract: An analog time-indicating device, such as a watch, which can be read from either of two opposite view points, has time information displayed on its face in a circular array of twelve hour-representing indicia of which two diametrically opposite indicia, visually distinguishable from each other, serve to indicate first and second twelve o'clock reference positions. The watch has two sets of hour and minute hands, corresponding hands of which are displaced from each other by 180.degree.. The sets of hands are visually distinguishable from each other by size and color and are coordinated by color with the indicia representing the twelve o'clock reference positions to give an observer visual information for matching a set of hands with the twelve o'clock reference position appropriate for correct time indication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 1991
    Date of Patent: April 20, 1993
    Inventor: Garth T. Brahaney
  • Patent number: 5181190
    Abstract: An analog electronic time piece includes a dial plate in which two openings are formed, two electric-optical display panels arranged below the openings, and a shutter plate rotatably arranged between the dial plate and the display panels. There two openings are closed by the shutter when it is rotated to a first position. One of the two openings is closed and the other is opened by the shutter when it is rotated to a second position. The above described one opening is opened and the other is closed by the shutter when it is rotated to a third position. The two openings are opened by the shutter when it is rotated to a fourth position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 1991
    Date of Patent: January 19, 1993
    Assignee: Casio Computer Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Takashi Kanzaki
  • Patent number: 5172350
    Abstract: Timekeeping devices such as clocks and watches have an aesthetically attractive single-hand indicator for the time-of-day. The single hand moves to indicate changing time relative to a substantially immobile face, preferably marked with an aesthetic design, hour lines, numerals, and the like. The mechanism for moving the single-hand is substantially hidden from view. In some embodiments the single-hand is anchored on one side only.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 1991
    Date of Patent: December 15, 1992
    Inventors: Alec Walen, Pepyn van Zoest
  • Patent number: 5168479
    Abstract: A wrist watch having a removable dial plate formed by four segmental sheets of material. Each segmental sheet can be a distinctly colored paper element having a thin transparent plastic film on it front face. The rear face of each segmental sheet can have a coating of a pressure-sensitive adhesive for bonding the sheet to the front face of the watch case. When it is desired to change the appearance of the watch dial plate the four segmental sheets can be removed and replaced with four other sheets having a different image or message on the sheet front faces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 1990
    Date of Patent: December 1, 1992
    Inventor: Rui M. Lima
  • Patent number: 5161130
    Abstract: A clock includes two dial pieces laterally openably pivoted to a stationary shaft. The dial pieces in a closed position define a single time display face. When a driving motor is started at any set time, two gears with eccentric cams are rotated in opposite directions; as a result, the dial pieces with cam followers held in contact with the eccentric cams are shifted in laterally opposite directions to take an open position, so that a gimmick normally hidden by the dial pieces in the closed position is exhibited. A spring is attached to the stationary shaft to moderately urge the dial pieces in the direction of opening thereof, or a spring is provided to urge the dial pieces in the direction of opening thereof via two pins provided on the eccentric cams in accord with the center lines thereof, whereby the operation of the dial pieces is attained uniformly irrespective of whether they are opened or closed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 1990
    Date of Patent: November 3, 1992
    Assignee: Seikosha Co. Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Sato, Nobuhiro Tanaka, Kenji Ohshima
  • Patent number: 5134596
    Abstract: A timekeeping mechanism, such as a watch or a clock, is provided with a face and a single hand of predetermined length for designating both hours and minutes of time mounted for rotation at the center of the face. A first array of indicia, such as numbers corresponding to hours of time is arranged in an inner circular ring about the center of the face to delineate hourly time intervals. The radius of this inner ring is less than the length of the single hour and minute hand. In addition, indicia corresponding to minutes within an hour are arranged in an outer circular ring on the face in repetitive sets that each reside within the angular hourly intervals. The sets of indicia of minutes are located at a uniform distance from the center of the face corresponding to the length of the single hand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 1992
    Date of Patent: July 28, 1992
    Inventor: Thomas Q. Harris
  • Patent number: 5105397
    Abstract: An apparatus including a clock housing formed of a conventional clockwork to drive an hour and minute hand in a typical fashion relative to the clock face. A series of digits are defined about the clock face for indication of time. An indicator arm mounting an indicator ring at a forward terminal end thereof is pivotal about the clockwork axis and frictionally engageable thereto to selectively indicate a predetermined digit for visual inidication to a child of an impending time frame. A modification of the instant invention includes transparent plates with aluminum members mounted rearwardly thereof selectively actuatable for selective illumination of various digits for indication of a time member digit. Further, the organization selectively includes a farrow magnetic ring mounted in surrounding relationship relative to the clock face for securement of a marker for positioning of the marker relative to an impending time digit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 1990
    Date of Patent: April 14, 1992
    Inventor: Patricia J. Whitney
  • Patent number: 5103434
    Abstract: An all analog timepiece having a face with a center-point and a periphery and a single distinguishable time indicating hand rotatably mounted to the face at a periphery point. The single hand rotates about the periphery point at a first rate while the face rotates about its center-point at a second rate. Time is indicated by the relative direction indicated by the single hand with respect to a first reference point and simultaneously, the relative position of the periphery point about the center-point with respect to a second reference point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 1991
    Date of Patent: April 7, 1992
    Inventor: Scott L. Sullivan
  • Patent number: 5077709
    Abstract: A disklike ornamental timepiece dial face (12) is constructed of transparent material forming an enclosed chamber (24) and a central clearance (28). Decorative materials (32) are located within the chamber and provide a kinetic display on movement of the timepiece. A second version, provides a motor (58) which rotates the ornamental dial face (12) to induce a continuous kinetic display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 1990
    Date of Patent: December 31, 1991
    Inventor: Steve Feher
  • Patent number: 5077708
    Abstract: The minute summer is used as a counting-down device and comprises a rotating disk sector (11) revealing a contrasted dial sector preceding the zero of the graduated scale, at the start of counting-down, and equipped with cut-out (15). This cut-out reveals a second sector (14) of contrasted appearance at the moment when the front edge (19) of the first sector reaches a graduation mark close to zero, for example the final minute, so as to inform the wearer that the final minute has started. Particularly intended for yachting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 1990
    Date of Patent: December 31, 1991
    Assignee: Breitling Montres S.A.
    Inventor: Ernest Schneider
  • Patent number: 5043955
    Abstract: The invention relates to an analogic display module for watch movement which comprises several movement sector displays each comprising a movable display member (7-10) cooperating with at least one fixed mark (2-5). The time indications given by each sector display relate to each other sequentially fractions of days or hours following after without discontinuity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 1990
    Date of Patent: August 27, 1991
    Assignee: Le Phare Jean d'Eve S.A.
    Inventors: Gerald Dubois, Francois Berthoud
  • Patent number: 5030104
    Abstract: A device for teaching reading and passage of time which comprises a clock face composed of not less than three planes having two separate numerical scales circumferentially and concentrically disposed therein; the outer minute scale on the highest plane represented by 60 sector shapes, each sharing a common border line set at increments of 6 degrees beginning at zero degrees at the top center of the circular scale; each minute sector shape containing a plurality of minute numerals centrally spaced within each minute sector shape and directly in line with each border line interval; the inner hour scale on the next lower plane represented by 12 sector shapes each sharing a common border line set at increments of 30 degrees beginning at zero degrees at the top center of the circular scale; each hour sector containing numerals 1 to 12 centrally spaced within each hour sector and directly in line with each border line interval; each minute and hour sector shape graphically skewed; and respective hour and minute ha
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 1990
    Date of Patent: July 9, 1991
    Inventor: Dale R. Caldwell
  • Patent number: 5018118
    Abstract: This invention is a watch including a watch body (12), a watch hand mechansim with a power take-off shaft (14), a removable watch face (16) formed with a minimal aperture (28) through which the shaft means (14) extends, a transparent, removable cover (18) mounted to the watch body (12), watch hands (20, 21) rotatably carried by the cover (18) and connection means (15) adapted to engage the watch hands with the take-off shaft (14) whereby the watch hands (20, 21) and the take-off shaft )14) are connected when the cover (18) is closed and disconnected when the cover (18) is opened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 1990
    Date of Patent: May 21, 1991
    Inventor: Jeanne Ross
  • Patent number: 5010533
    Abstract: An apparatus for indicating time featuring a face having a stationary helical member positioned about a central point so that the distance between any point upon the helical member and a horizontal base plane increases in a clockwise direction around the circumference of the helical member. The face also includes a step member connecting the ends of the helical member along two radially extending common edges to form a continuous surface. At least one of these edges corresponds to the 12 o'clock position of the face thereby defining an indicia from which elapsed time is measured. Also, the face can include a plurality of members mounted upon a horizontal base plane and positioned about a central point. Each member is made of first and second planes of different areas which are angled with respect to the base plane and which intersect to form a common edge therebetween. The edges of the members extend toward the central point or terminate prior to that point to form a central face opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 1990
    Date of Patent: April 23, 1991
    Assignee: Bernard Weinstein
    Inventor: Bruce N. Blackburn
  • Patent number: 5008869
    Abstract: A watch is constructed with a front transparent dial face for displaying the time, such as a liquid crystal, a rear watch mechanism for controlling the display of visually perceptive indicia of the time in the transparent dial face, and an interior hollow compartment located between the front transparent dial face and rear watch mechanism. A visual display of the user's choice, such as a photograph, can be inserted by the user into the compartment in juxtaposed relation to the transparent dial face and is observable to the eye through the transparent dial face simultaneously with the time display. The visual display can be inserted into the compartment by itself, or can be positioned on a plate or tray and then slid or pivoted into the compartment. Means are provided to secure the visual display in place after insertion into the compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 1990
    Date of Patent: April 16, 1991
    Assignee: Colony Corporation
    Inventor: Mark Dweck
  • Patent number: 4999822
    Abstract: An apparatus for indicating time featuring a face having a stationary helical member positioned about a central point so that the distance between any point upon the helical member and a horizontal base plane increases in a clockwise direction around the circumference of the helical member. The face also includes a step member connecting the ends of the helical member along two radially extending common edges to form a continuous surface. At least one of these edges corresponds to the 12 o'clock position of the face thereby defining an indicia from which elapsed time is measured. Also, the face can include a plurality of members mounted upon a horizontal base plane and positioned about a central point. Each member is made of first and second planes of different areas which are angled with respect to the base plane and which intersect to form a common edge therebetween. The edges of the members extend toward the central point or terminate prior to that point to form a central face opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 1989
    Date of Patent: March 12, 1991
    Assignee: Bernard Weinstein
    Inventor: Bruce N. Blackburn
  • Patent number: 4995022
    Abstract: A power supply device for a hand with a luminescence element which is adapted to supply electric power to the luminescence element mounted on the hand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 1989
    Date of Patent: February 19, 1991
    Assignee: Seikosha Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hidetsugu Ikeda, Shoichiro Kumazawa, Satoru Yamauchi, Isato Watanabe, Kouichi Miyagi
  • Patent number: 4995021
    Abstract: An improved clock display consists of a disc hour hand with the indicator being the minute hand which is located at a position remote for the axis of the dial. The minute hand rotates on the hour disk. Time is determined by the relative position of the minute hand about the conventional time display (hour) and the position of the minute hand about its axis (minutes).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 1989
    Date of Patent: February 19, 1991
    Inventor: Scott L. Sullivan
  • Patent number: 4982388
    Abstract: Apparatus comprising a dial provided with distinct zones formed by crown sectors 2.1, 2.2 and 2.3 which are adjustable in function of a manual correction device respectively of a selecting device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 1988
    Date of Patent: January 1, 1991
    Inventor: Raoul-Henri Erard
  • Patent number: 4979155
    Abstract: A clock, the hour and minute hands of which are each bilaterally extending outward from respective mounting shaft and driven to rotate at half speed relative to the hour and minute hands of the conventional clock. A cover plate which has a thermometer, a hygrometer and a digital display timepiece thereon is covered on part of a dial plate permitting parts of the hour and minute hands to expose on such a dial plate for indication of time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 1990
    Date of Patent: December 18, 1990
    Inventor: Huang C. Tung
  • Patent number: 4953149
    Abstract: A two-speed battery powered quartz daylight saving clock operating for a first six months' period beginning on the shortest day of the year at two and one-half seconds per hour fast (fast time) and then being adjustable to operate for a second six months' period beginning on the longest day of the year at two and one-half seconds per hour slow (slow time) to complete each annual cycle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 1989
    Date of Patent: August 28, 1990
    Inventor: Daniel Marvosh
  • Patent number: 4941137
    Abstract: A timepiece with mobile decorations includes a casing incorporating a timepiece movement; a drive motor encased in the casing and functioning at arbitrarily set hours; a dial disposed in front of the casing and bilaterally openable and closable about a fixed shaft; a dial opening/closing mechansim, encased in the casing and operable by the drive motor, for opening and closing the dial; and mobile decorations interposed between the dial and a front face of the casing and functioning while the dial is opened so as to be visually recognizable from outside.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 1989
    Date of Patent: July 10, 1990
    Assignee: Seikosha Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Koji Kikuchi
  • Patent number: 4912586
    Abstract: A clock is provided which is movable so as to maintain an indication of local time constantly in a vertically upward position. A shell bears a plurality of time indicia. A clock motor interior to the shell rotates an eccentric weight about the longitudinal axis of the shell, causing the shell to rotate and roll over a support surface. A pointer attached to the clock motor and opposite the eccentric weight points to the proper local time indicia.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 1989
    Date of Patent: March 27, 1990
    Assignee: Imagin It Marketing, Inc.
    Inventor: Matthew Herron
  • Patent number: 4897825
    Abstract: An analog electronic timepiece for rotating hands by a motor through a wheel train has the structure that only an hour hand wheel is disposed between a main plate and a dial. The hand wheel is supported by a pin shaped projection of the main plate and a support plate fixed to the rear side of the main plate. A dial is also fixed to the rear side of the main plate through the support plate, or directly fixed to the support plate. The support plate is made of a material having a high magnetic permeability and extended to the both ends of a magnetic core of a motor assembly so that the timepiece is not easily affected by external magnetic disturbance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 1989
    Date of Patent: January 30, 1990
    Assignee: Seiko Instruments Inc.
    Inventor: Masataka Ikenishi
  • Patent number: 4885731
    Abstract: An analog timepiece face that contains a smaller hour portion (A) concentrically positioned within a larger minute portion (B). The hour portion has a hour hand (C) and hour division marks (F) marking each interval of time on the peripheral hour track (E). The minute portion has a minute hand (G) and minute division marks (J) marking each interval of time on the peripheral minute track (I). Hour numerals (D) and minute numerals (H) are provided on the respective hour and minute tracks of the timepiece. Spatial location, size, type font, and color are used to key the components of one portion together and to keep the hour and minute portions distinct from one another. The hour and minute hand are made to differ in spatial location, size, and color. The hour numerals and the minute numerals are made to differ in spatial location, size, and color.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 1989
    Date of Patent: December 5, 1989
    Inventor: Dominic W. Massaro
  • Patent number: 4884256
    Abstract: An apparatus for indicating time featuring a face having members positioned around a central point in five minute time intervals thereby forming a continuous surface, a pair of hands which rotate relative to the members and a means for mounting to a watchband, a wall or other such surface. These members may form a variety of different size and shape perimeters for the face. Also, the members may converge to the central point or terminate prior to that point to form a closed area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 1988
    Date of Patent: November 28, 1989
    Assignee: Bernard Weinstein
    Inventor: Bruce N. Blackburn
  • Patent number: 4866684
    Abstract: The chronometer comprises a face (11) having a first sector (14) which bears reference marks (12A) and a second sector (15) bearing reference marks (12B). A single hand is designed to move at a first speed between the starting point M of reference marks (12A) and the final point 30 of these reference marks and at a second speed between the starting point 30 of reference marks (12B) and the final point 0 of these reference marks. The displacement of the hand over the first sector lasts exactly nine minutes and thirty seconds. The displacement of the hand over the second sector lasts thirty seconds. This chronometer is specially designed to control the preparation time preceding the start of regattas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 1989
    Date of Patent: September 12, 1989
    Assignee: Montres Rolex, S.A.
    Inventor: Rene Besson
  • Patent number: 4858210
    Abstract: An apparatus has a hand shaft formed of synthetic resin which has a first hand shaft portion and a second hand shaft portion having an insertion hole into which the first hand shaft portion is inserted to be rotatable. The first hand shaft portion is formed in a columnar shape by molding with the synthetic resin containing fiber-like reinforcing materials. In the synthetic resin forming the first hand shaft portion, the longitudinal axes of fiber-like reinforcing materials are oriented to be consistent with the longitudinal axis of the first hand shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 1987
    Date of Patent: August 15, 1989
    Assignee: Casio Computer Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Wataru Yamada, Satoshi Fujio, Kenichi Nakamura
  • Patent number: 4852072
    Abstract: An analog clock is provided having three hands for indicating hours, minutes, and seconds. An hours hand is positioned in a conventional manner, rotating at an hours rate around a central point. A minutes hand is located at any satellite point along the hours hand except the central point and rotates about this satellite point at a minutes rate. A seconds hand is located anywhere along either the minutes hand or the hours hand and rotates at a seconds rate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 1988
    Date of Patent: July 25, 1989
    Inventor: Scott L. Sullivan
  • Patent number: 4833661
    Abstract: A watch has a dial with numerals 1 through 12 circumferentially distributed thereon in a random sequence. The current time is indicated by the watch hands notwithstanding this random sequence of numerals, together with a digital display of the current time. The minute hand makes an abrupt large angular movement every five minutes to the relevant position indicating the minute of current time, while the hour hand makes an abrupt large movement for every hour to the relevant position indicating the hour of current time. When the minute hand reaches the position of numeral 12, the hour hand abruptly moves through a large angular distance to indicate the current hour. Drivers rotate the minute and watch hands in accordance with a predetermined stored program.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 1988
    Date of Patent: May 23, 1989
    Inventor: Sung-Du Kim
  • Patent number: 4803672
    Abstract: An electric timepiece having a square dial with corners at the twelve, three, six and nine o'clock positions has a first array of twelve light sources at one to twelve o'clock positions, a second array of four light sources which are inwardly adjacent the light sources of the first array at the twelve, three, six and nine o'clock positions, and a centrally located light source. The color and/or intensity of radiation issuing from the centrally located light source changes at midnight and at noon, and all of the remaining light sources are used to indicate minutes. The light sources of the second array indicate single-minute periods, and the light sources of the first array indicate five-minute periods. In addition, the light sources of the first array are used to indicate hours in colors or hues other than those used to denote five-minute periods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 1987
    Date of Patent: February 7, 1989
    Assignee: Walter GmbH
    Inventor: Klaus D. Zang
  • Patent number: 4775964
    Abstract: An electroluminescent device adapted to serve as the dial of a conventional analog timepiece, with a central aperture for the stem carrying the timepiece hand and inscribed on the upper surface thereof with conventional time-indicating indicia, so that it can be read as a normal watch dial.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 1988
    Date of Patent: October 4, 1988
    Assignee: Timex Corporation
    Inventors: Ralph D. Alessio, Fredrik Olsen
  • Patent number: 4763311
    Abstract: The application discloses two time clocks interconnected by a transmission, one clock is driven by a 60 cycle synchronous motor for standard time which drives the second clock at fast time for six months then slow time for six months.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 1987
    Date of Patent: August 9, 1988
    Inventor: Daniel Marvosh
  • Patent number: 4740934
    Abstract: The timepiece comprises a movement (1) that rotatably drives at least an hours-hand before a dial (5). The dial (5) is formed with at least one display aperture (g1). Signs (s1, s2), which respectively represents the numbers of the hours shown by the hours-hand when the latter is in the same angular position as the display aperture (g1) a.m. and p.m., are arranged on a disc (6) which is located beneath the dial (5) and which is driven by a mechanism (7) that is connected to the movement (1). This mechanism (7) is so designed that the first and second signs (s1, s2) appear in the display aperture (g1), one a.m. (ante meridiem), the other p.m. (post meridiem). To simplify its construction, the mechanism (7) is so designed that the disc (6) will always be rotated in the same direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 1987
    Date of Patent: April 26, 1988
    Assignee: E.T.A. S.A., Fabriques d'Ebauches
    Inventor: Pierre-Andre Noirjean
  • Patent number: 4725714
    Abstract: A drip-type hot water feeder of a coffee maker incudes an electric heater for heating and boiling water fed from a water reservoir, and a timer for controlling the time for supplying an electric current to the heater to regulate the hot-water supply to a brewer. The timer has a manually movable control member for continuously variably setting the current supply time and a scale indicating the quantity of hot-water supply corresponding to the time set by the control member. Each mark of the scale has a predetermined width in the setting movement direction of the control member and includes a plurality of compensating indexes indicative of the adjustment of the control member necessary to compensate the set current supply time and thus the quantity of hot water to be supplied indicated by each mark for variations in cold water conditions influencing the time required for supplying a desired quantity of a hot water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 1986
    Date of Patent: February 16, 1988
    Assignees: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba, Kanazawa Industries Co., Ltd., Koyusha Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Masaru Naya, Shinichi Takahashi, Masayuki Kuzumaki
  • Patent number: 4726000
    Abstract: A timepiece including hour and minute hands of different configurations which are operated in a time-maintaining mode through the intermediary of a clockwork.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 1986
    Date of Patent: February 16, 1988
    Assignee: Diehl GmbH & Co.
    Inventor: Reinhold Weiss
  • Patent number: 4711586
    Abstract: A clock includes a dial, a transparent cover plate spaced apart from the dial at a certain interval to define a space between the back face of the cover plate and the front face of the dial, and hands disposed in the space and driven to move relative to the dial to indicate time. Spacers are disposed on the visible portion of the front face of the dial and protrude against the back face of the cover plate such that the spacers are contactable with the back face of the cover plate upon deformation of the dial and the cover plate to maintain a sufficient interval of the space to allow face movement of the hands.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 1986
    Date of Patent: December 8, 1987
    Assignee: Seikosha Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hiroyuki Kizawa
  • Patent number: 4706238
    Abstract: A clock comprising capsule in which a timepiece movement is incorporated, a install plate on which the capsule is fixedly attached, a dial disposed in front of the install plate, a transparent front cover disposed in front of the dial, and hands disposed in a gap between the front cover and the dial and driven by said movement, characterized in that projections are integrally formed on the front cover so that tip ends of the projections are made to come to close to or to abut against a front surface of the dial.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 1986
    Date of Patent: November 10, 1987
    Assignee: Seikosha Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hiroyuki Kizawa
  • Patent number: 4702616
    Abstract: A clock has a timepiece movement and a dial disposed on the front face of a base plate. A transparent cover plate having front and back faces is spaced apart from the dial to define a space between the back face of the cover plate and the front face of the dial. Decorations are fixed to the peripheral portion of the front face of the cover plate to define time reference members, and a clock hand is disposed in the space and driven by the timepiece movement to move relative to the time reference members to indicate time. Protrusions extend downwardly from the decorations through the cover plate toward the front face of the dial such that the protrusions are contactable with the front face of the dial upon deformation of the dial and the cover plate to maintain a sufficient space therebetween to allow free movement of the hand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 1986
    Date of Patent: October 27, 1987
    Assignee: Seikosha Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hiroyuki Kizawa
  • Patent number: 4693613
    Abstract: A clock having an hour housing supporting an integral hour hand and a minute housing supporting an integral minute hand along with a timing mechanism supported within the hour housing and having hour and minute driven shafts coupling to the respective hour and minute housings. There is provided a logo disk at the front of the clock which is maintained in a stationery position relative to the adjacent rotating minute housing. A support bracket is used for supporting the timing mechanism from a wall or the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 1986
    Date of Patent: September 15, 1987
    Assignee: By Design Corp.
    Inventor: Douglas Ritchie
  • Patent number: 4679945
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to a timepiece comprising a rotatable hour hand, a rotatable minute hand, and drive means connected to rotate the hour hand 30.degree. for each hour and connected to rotate the minute hand 390.degree. for each hour. The hour and minute hands thereby overlap at zero minute and zero second of each hour. The timepiece may further include an hour dial and a minute dial which is connected to the hour hand and rotates relative to the hour dial.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 1986
    Date of Patent: July 14, 1987
    Inventor: Masao Miyakawa
  • Patent number: 4660992
    Abstract: A watch body is formed with a platform from which extends a stop and a stem, which stem includes watch hands. A rim extends along the periphery of the watch body and a transparent covering is secured to the rim and extends above the platform. A watch face is received on the platform and includes a slot through which the stem extends. The slot also cooperates with the stop to prevent movement of the watch face on the platform. At least the rim of the watch is formed with a portion which may be removed and replaced to permit insertion and removal of the watch face on the platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 1986
    Date of Patent: April 28, 1987
    Assignee: Gary Paul
    Inventors: Gary Paul, Bert Paul
  • Patent number: 4659232
    Abstract: A timepiece including a clock face and an hour display. Means are provided for enabling relative movement between the clock face and hour display with the position of display relative to the clock face indicative of increments of an hour. The hour display is incremented on an hourly basis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 1985
    Date of Patent: April 21, 1987
    Inventors: Charles S. Coster, Nicholas Edgington