Of Dial Fasteners Patents (Class 368/236)
  • Patent number: 9458868
    Abstract: The plug-in coupling comprises a negative coupling part and a positive coupling part that includes a pin having a ball head. The negative coupling part comprises a coupling construction made of a first material for accommodating and detachably fastening the positive coupling part, and a retaining construction made of a second material, which surrounds the coupling construction, for fastening the negative coupling part to the second component, wherein the second material has a higher elasticity than the first material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: Böllhoff Verbindungstechnik GmbH
    Inventors: Andreas Metten, Jasmin Fritzsch
  • Patent number: 9348314
    Abstract: Dial (1) for a timepiece, comprising a disc (2) intended to be positioned substantially parallel to a timepiece, and a skirt (3) extending in a direction substantially perpendicular to the disc (2) of the dial, characterized in that the skirt (3) comprises at least one elastic element (10) which extends partially over the height of the skirt to retain the dial axially on a timepiece movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Assignee: ROLEX S.A.
    Inventor: Jean-Baptiste Robin
  • Patent number: 9164488
    Abstract: Case for a timepiece, including a middle part with an upper portion for receiving a movement surmounted by a dial carrying an upper sub-assembly or a crystal, and a lower portion cooperating with a back cover. This middle part includes a device for the removal or adjustment of this upper sub-assembly or crystal, which includes a plurality of pushers each movable in relation to this middle part in a sink of this middle part parallel to an axial direction, to transmit, directly or indirectly via a push plate, only to this dial, a force applied to each pusher in this direction from this lower portion and transmitted by this dial to this upper sub-assembly or crystal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2015
    Assignee: MONTRES RADO SA
    Inventors: Sebastien Bolzt, Yannick Hunziker
  • Patent number: 8947983
    Abstract: Dial (1) for a timepiece (100) comprising a front face (2) which forms a visible display surface and is opposite a back face (3), characterized in that the dial includes, either at least one cavity (4) extending into at least one portion of the thickness of said dial (1) between said visible surface (2) and said back surface (3), or at least one peripheral surface (40) extending into at least one portion of the thickness of said dial (1) between said visible surface (2) and said back surface (3). At least one said cavity (4) or at least one peripheral surface (40) includes at least one undercut surface (5), extending into at least one portion of the thickness of said dial (1) between said visible surface (2) and said back face (3).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: ETA SA Manufacture Horlogere Suisse
    Inventor: Stefan Stark
  • Patent number: 8817580
    Abstract: A timepiece assembly including centring pins integral with a bottom plate, each arranged to cooperate with radial and tangential play with an oblong groove in a dial, for the relative positioning of the dial with respect to the bottom plate, and a holding means integral with the bottom plate, arranged to cooperate with a complementary holding device integral with the dial, the holding device and/or complementary holding device including an elastic return device for pressing the dial resting onto the bottom plate. The elastic return device has tangential mobility in a plane perpendicular to the plane of the bottom plate and to a radial line connecting the center of the bottom plate to the elastic return device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: ETA SA Manufacture Horlogère Suisse
    Inventors: Stephane Leoni, Thierry Altenhoven
  • Publication number: 20140029393
    Abstract: Timepiece assembly (100) comprising centring pins (3) integral with a bottom plate (1), each arranged to cooperate with radial and tangential play with an oblong groove (4) in a dial (2), for the relative positioning of said dial with respect to said bottom plate (1), and a holding means (5) integral with said bottom plate (1), arranged to cooperate with a complementary holding means (6) integral with said dial (2), said holding means (5) and/or complementary holding means (6) comprising an elastic return means (7) for pressing said dial (82) resting onto said bottom plate (1). Said elastic return means (7) has tangential mobility in a plane (PT) perpendicular to the plane (P) of said bottom plate (2) and to a radial line (R) connecting the centre (O) of said bottom plate (2) to said elastic return means (7).
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 19, 2013
    Publication date: January 30, 2014
    Applicant: ETA SA Manufacture Horlogere Suisse
    Inventors: Stephane Leoni, Thierry Altenhoven
  • Patent number: 8520474
    Abstract: The protective case includes a back cover (2) and a cover (3), which are provided to fit together. The case further includes a flange (6), inserted in the back cover and held laterally by the edge (4), and an elastically deformable stake (7), which is for immobilizing a plate-shaped part pierced with an aperture (11). The stake is mounted on the top surface of the flange and it is inserted into the aperture of the plate-shaped part. The bottom surface of the cover (3) further carries a projecting portion (8) that presses against the stake when the case is closed, so as to increase the external diameter of the stake and jam it in the aperture of the plate-shaped part. Elastic means (9) are also provided for returning the flange (6) in the direction of the cover (3) so as to hold the stake (7) jammed in the aperture in the plate-shaped part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2013
    Assignee: Montres Breguet S.A.
    Inventors: Stéphane Cadau, Pascal Bourret
  • Patent number: 8325565
    Abstract: A timepiece is equipped with a movement (module), a solar cell panel, a ring member, and a dial (timepiece display plate). The panel is fixed to the module. The ring member is fixed to the peripheral portion of the movement. The ring member has, at a plurality of positions thereof, recesses, and a pair of engagement protrusions protruding upwardly from the bottom of each recess. The recesses are respectively open in an upper surface and the outer peripheral surface of the ring member. The pair of engagement protrusions form a gap G between them, and are capable of elastic deformation. A proximal portion of each engagement protrusion is situated below the upper surface of the ring member. The dial has cutouts at a plurality of positions of its peripheral portion. Each of these cutouts is engaged with each pair of engagement protrusions to cover the panel, and the dial is mounted to the ring member such that the peripheral portions of the cutouts cover the recesses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: Seiko Instruments Inc.
    Inventors: Haruki Hiranuma, Kazutaka Imai
  • Patent number: 7313054
    Abstract: The invention concerns a portable electronic apparatus (50) including a dial (52) provided with at least one aperture (54), a support piece (1), fixed in relation to the dial, arranged for receiving display means (2). The support piece has at least first (5a-5b) and second (6a-6b) bearing surfaces defining a fixed position for the display means in the support piece in relation to the aperture in the dial, the fixed position being defined in a parallel plane to the dial. First (7), respectively, second (8) mechanical means are provided for moving the display means in abutment against the first, respectively, second bearing surfaces, in the fixed position that they define.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2007
    Assignee: ETA SA Manufacture Horlogère Suisse
    Inventors: Gérald Maurice Matthey, Pascal Robert
  • Patent number: 6781924
    Abstract: The dial (3) is secured onto a lower element (10) of the case, preferably the casing ring. The lower element (10) includes at least two through passages (12) each having a first part (13) forming an orifice (14) on the dial (3) side separated from a second part (17) on the opposite side, by a neck portion (15), the whole of the first part and at least a portion of the second part of said passages (12) being filled with an adhesive material (19) having a strong power of adhesion to at least the material forming the lower face of the dial (3).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2004
    Assignee: Eta SA Fabriques d/Ebauches
    Inventors: Chrystal Gressly, Laurent Kaelin, Jürg Schneiter
  • Patent number: 6456569
    Abstract: In order to angularly position and centre the crystal (5) with respect to the dial (4), the dial is provided with at least one lug (8) capable of being introduced precisely into a hollow (11) made in a collar (10) of the crystal (5). Thus, if the crystal has a lens (41) and the dial (4) has a window (40), the lens will be superposed exactly on said window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2002
    Assignee: Eta SA Fabriques d'Ebauches
    Inventor: Philippe Stauffer
  • Patent number: 6404704
    Abstract: The invention concerns a dial (1), in particular for a timepiece, including a plate having at least one recess defining a housing (6) in which a decorative element (8) or suchlike is secured, characterised in that the housing (6) includes a bottom (14) formed of an adhesive strip (16), the adhesive face of which comes into contact with the decorative element (8).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2002
    Assignee: Eta SA Fabriques d'Ebauches
    Inventors: Christophe Bossel, Erwin Koelbl, Grégoire Iten
  • Patent number: 6278664
    Abstract: A timepiece includes interchangeable faces. The timepiece comprises a supportive structure, a face subassembly, and a clock mechanism. The face subassembly includes a backing with a front or outer surface and an inner surface, and a display with an inner surface and an outer surface. Markings may appear on the backing's outer surface or on the display. The display's outer surface can be decorated. First and second openings extend through the backing. An opening also extends through the display. One or more seats are attached near corners of the backing's outer surface. One or more connectors are attached near corners of the display's inner surface. The clock mechanism includes a clock motor with a shaft mounted on the backing's rear surface with the shaft extending through the backing's first opening. One or more hands are attached to an end of the shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2001
    Inventors: Ann C. Huffman, Gary Huffman
  • Patent number: 6092923
    Abstract: The invention relates to a timepiece having a body or frame upon which an added element may be held, in a detachable manner. The invention also relates to a method of assembling this element on said body or frame.This timepiece is characterized in that the fixation means of the element added to the body or frame are formed by at least one rotating bolt (10) which is anchored permanently in the material itself of the body or frame (2) and is axially immobilized by said material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 1994
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2000
    Assignee: Eta SA Fabriques d'Ebauches
    Inventor: Friedrich Perrot
  • Patent number: 5754499
    Abstract: A clock shell including a frame, cut into a series of frame sections glued to a decorative covering layer, the frame sections being abutted against one another end by end and formed into a particular configuration, and a shell mounted within the frame sections of the frame, the shell having a raised endless line raised from the front side and defining an outer decoration area and an inner decoration area that can be made in the form of a dial of a clock, a pattern, a landscape, etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 1996
    Date of Patent: May 19, 1998
    Inventor: Te-Kuei Lin
  • Patent number: 5699324
    Abstract: A retaining ring (17) which rests on the peripheral area of the dial (16), which is in turn bonded to a dial support (14). Several securing means (25) are on the one hand secured in the retaining ring (17) and on the other hand in a base element (13), such as an annular tool holder. This ensures a flat, smooth and lasting support of the dial (16) on the dial support (14). It also permits the simple assembly and dismantling of the unit composed of dial (16), dial support (14) and annular securing means (17) onto or from a base element (13).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 1996
    Date of Patent: December 16, 1997
    Assignee: Eta SA Fabriques d'Ebauches
    Inventors: Friedrich Perrot, Marco Bettelini
  • Patent number: 5430694
    Abstract: The timepiece comprises a base part (1) of plastic material, at least one element (2) secured to said base part and securing means for said element onto said base part which comprise a stud (34) driven at one of its ends (40) into a through hole (32) in the base part (1). The other end (12) of the stud (34) is fitted into a hole (10) of the element (2) and is upset against the latter so as to form a rivet. Finally the base part (1) is fashioned in a manner to permit access to the driven end (40) of the stud with a tool (A) furnishing a rigid support under the stud during the riveting operation on the other end (12) of the latter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 1993
    Date of Patent: July 4, 1995
    Assignee: Eta SA Fabriques d'Ebauches
    Inventor: Friedrich Perrot
  • Patent number: 4924452
    Abstract: A watch with a case, a glass, a case band, a back, a movement, hands, a dial and means for positioning the dial in the watch.The positioning means have a first part fixed and positioned axially, radially and angularly and a second part and associated with the periphery of the dial which cooperates with the stop of the first part to position the dial axially and angularly while still permitting radial deformation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 1988
    Date of Patent: May 8, 1990
    Assignee: ETA SA Fabriques d'Ebauches
    Inventors: Clement Meyrat, Antoine Dubois
  • Patent number: 4899324
    Abstract: A clock, preferably for wall-mounting, comprising a support for a substantially flat dial, to the rear side of which there is secured a known clock mechanism for indicating hours, minutes and seconds and for causing a swinging arm to oscillate, to said swinging arm there being removably connected a pendular member situated at least partly on the rear of the dial and connected through an aperture in the dial to an element positioned on the front of the dial.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 1988
    Date of Patent: February 6, 1990
    Inventors: Raul Barbieri, Giorgio Marianelli
  • Patent number: 4718773
    Abstract: A clock has a movement with protruding nested drive shafts. A housing member has a wall and a ridge which is forwardly offset from the wall. A planar dial rests against the ridge and is formed with an aperture in register with the aperture of the wall with the nested shafts extending through the apertures. A securing device engages the front of the dial, extends through the aligned apertures and engages a fixed member of the movement thereby holding the dial against the ridge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 1985
    Date of Patent: January 12, 1988
    Assignee: The Brampton Clock Company Limited
    Inventor: Colin N. O'Donoghue
  • 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: 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: 4648722
    Abstract: To simplify fitting and sealing the crystal (4) to the casing (2, 6, 8), assembly is effected by means of ultrasonic welding. The casing (2, 6, 8) and the crystal (4) are made of synthetic materials which are thermo-weldable to each other. The mating faces (8a, 4b) of the peripheral wall (8) of the casing and the crystal (4) are formed for reducing the contact area between the two parts to permit thermo-welding by subjecting the assembly to high-frequency mechanical vibrations imparted by a tool (15).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 1985
    Date of Patent: March 10, 1987
    Assignee: ETA S.A., Fabriques d'Ebauches
    Inventors: Elmar Mock, Jacques Muller
  • Patent number: 4506993
    Abstract: A clock which is intended for use in soda fountains, restaurants, bars and other places of business as an advertising display, and which may be illuminated. The clock comprises a rectangular-shaped rigid frame, a translucent thin plastic panel constituting a clock face which is mounted in the frame and which extends across the area circumscribed by the frame, the thin panel being held in place by integral lugs which fit into slots in the frame, and a transparent plastic cover mounted on the frame in front of the clock face. In one embodiment the drive motor for the clock is mounted on the rear side of the plastic panel. In a second embodiment the drive motor, together with an illumination source for the translucent panel, are mounted in a housing which is supported on the rear side of the frame behind the thin plastic panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 1983
    Date of Patent: March 26, 1985
    Inventor: John M. Brown
  • Patent number: 4505596
    Abstract: The clock comprises a usual clockwork, as well as a first annular component provided with a ring of pin-like projections parallel to one another; a second component which is also annular and can be coupled with the first component and provided with a ring of openings which can be aligned with and passed through by the pin-like projections and located on an inner flange thereof; a substantially flat dial to rest on the inner flange and provided with a ring of openings which can be aligned with those of the second component and passed through the pin-like projections thus forming the time references; and a third transparent component provided with contour side insertable in the second component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 1984
    Date of Patent: March 19, 1985
    Inventors: Raul Barbieri, Giorgio Marianelli
  • Patent number: 4320483
    Abstract: To attach the dial to the timepiece movement it is proposed to use a magnc circuit comprising at least one permanent magnet which cooperates with a soft ferromagnetic material. The latter may be a component of the dial while the magnet is placed within the movement. The magnetic attraction which exists between both elements holds together the dial and the movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 1979
    Date of Patent: March 16, 1982
    Assignee: Societe Suisse pour l'Industrie Horlogere Management Services S.A.
    Inventor: Cyril Vuilleumier
  • Patent number: 4291401
    Abstract: A cylindrical bearing segment of a preferably metal sleeve is positioned within a hole in a watch-movement plate. A portion of the sleeve intended to project inwardly beyond the plate is divided by a lengthwise slot into two claws which yield so that the sleeve can be inserted in the hole by simple axial pressure. When the dial is to be fitted in place, a dial-foot is inserted in the sleeve, pushing the claws apart by pressing against inner bulges at the ends of the claws, these bulges then pressing laterally against the dial-foot and locking it firmly in place.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 1979
    Date of Patent: September 22, 1981
    Assignee: Ebauches Bettlach S.A.
    Inventor: Peter Bachmann
  • Patent number: 4247926
    Abstract: A watch movement having a frame comprising a bottom plate with a peripheral rim portion, a dial secured to said rim portion, and a holding plate disposed between the bottom plate and the dial is described, wherein the holding plate is made of a thin sheet of material and includes one or more positioning elements cooperating with the bottom plate and one or more raised support tongues cooperating with the dial.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 1979
    Date of Patent: January 27, 1981
    Assignee: Etauches Bettloch, S.A.
    Inventor: Peter Bachmann
  • Patent number: 4213295
    Abstract: An arrangement for securing a timepiece dial having feet to a plate having bores for receiving the feet comprises attachment means each having a shank with a head, each shank being inserted in an additional bore in the plate substantially parallel to a bore receiving a foot. The head includes a collar, taking the form of a cutting edge, which partially surrounds the head and shank concentrically. The shank includes a cylindrical portion fitted to the diameter of the additional bore and another cylindrical portion of smaller diameter so that the shank may be more easily inserted in that bore.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 1978
    Date of Patent: July 22, 1980
    Assignee: ETA A.G. Ebauches-Fabrik
    Inventor: Friedrich Perrot
  • Patent number: 4207735
    Abstract: A dial and movement fixing structure comprising a ring having legs that are held between a case ring of a watch case and a back cover, and a dial attached to the ring, wherein projections formed on the ring are introduced into a plurality of notched portions formed in the periphery of the dial such that the dial is fixed to the ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 1978
    Date of Patent: June 17, 1980
    Assignee: Citizen Watch Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hisao Ishigaki, Ryuzo Tanaka