With Ornamentation Patents (Class 368/285)
  • 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: 6222114
    Abstract: A wrist-portable device improves the radiation efficiency of the radiation section of a thermoelectric generator and minimizes a temperature difference between the radiation section and the outside air. In order to prevent a radiation section of a thermoelectrically powered watch from increasing its temperature due to a hand or a high-temperature substance unexpectedly touching the surface of the radiation section, the surface of the radiation section is detachably covered with a radiation guard cover having meshes or striped holes formed therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2001
    Assignee: Seiko Instruments Inc.
    Inventor: Gen Mitamura
  • Patent number: 6185160
    Abstract: A wristwatch which is both practical and enjoyable. Light emitting elements are provided for emitting light by applying electric energy to a main watch body. By operating operation buttons which are provided to be operable from outside the main watch body, the light emitting elements are caused to flash sequentially for a prescribed period of time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 1998
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2001
    Assignee: Innomind International Limited
    Inventor: Jun Ichiro Tsuda
  • Patent number: 6123450
    Abstract: The invention concerns a decorative element which includes a substrate coated at least partially with a protective decorative film made of a hard material, characterised in that the material of said film has a microcrystalline structure and an external surface having a regular cauliflower type topography.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2000
    Assignee: Montres Rado SA
    Inventor: Michael Bach
  • Patent number: 6116775
    Abstract: A clock assembly having magnetic ornaments, including a power device, and a base. The power device includes a core having a time indication output and an induction coil at a lower portion thereof, and a swing lever pivotally connected to a rear side thereof by means of a pivot shaft capable of relative movement. The swing lever has an intermediate section provided with an ornament magnet corresponding to the induction coil at the lower portion of the core, and a lower end having a forwardly bent lever plate. The lever plate has a lever magnet provided thereon. The swing lever further has a swing ornament disposed at a top end thereof. The base is a hollow housing accommodating and securing therein the power device. An upper portion of the base is provided with a window adapted to correspond to the time indication output. A lower portion thereof extends forwardly to form a base platform. At least one base ornament is disposed on the base platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 1999
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2000
    Inventor: Takahira Masateru
  • 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: 5894456
    Abstract: Wristwatch including a case (1) for accommodating a movement (4), luminous elements carried by the bezel or by the middle part of said case, a source of energy (44, 45) and an electronic circuit (33) housed in said case to control the power supply of said luminous elements and at least one control element (5), characterized in that at least one luminous element is formed by a finger (11-15) made of flexible materials, supported by said case and extending beyond the latter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 1997
    Date of Patent: April 13, 1999
    Assignee: Eta SA Fabriques D'Ebauches
    Inventor: Rolf Schneider
  • Patent number: 5850373
    Abstract: A transmission mechanism for a magnet-bearing ornament, in which a clock main spring barrel serves to provide power required by the ornament to show a dynamic scene. The clock main spring barrel has a second wheel to replace a conventional second hand. The second wheel has a large number of teeth provided along its circumferential surface and meshes with a small driven gear to cause the latter to rotate at a high speed. The small driven gear may then cause a magnet-bearing member to coaxially rotate with it via a rotating shaft of the gear connected to the magnet-bearing member. Alternatively, the small driven gear is provided with a major rotational disc having magnets attached thereto. When the small driven gear rotates, the major rotational disc rotates synchronously to magnetically rotate the magnet-bearing member behind a background board of the ornament disposed between the clock main spring barrel and a front showing space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 1997
    Date of Patent: December 15, 1998
    Inventor: Vincent Kuo Wei Lee
  • Patent number: 5751667
    Abstract: A measuring instrument assembly, such as a clock, thermometer, or barometer, comprises a casing including a base and an upstanding perimeter (e.g. annular) portion (e.g. integral with the base). An instrument face is mounted by the base and has an upper surface facing away from the base, typically including instrument indicia (such as clock numbers) and preferably also including word indicia. A substantially transparent cover substantially parallel to the instrument face and supported by the casing is spaced from the instrument face to define, with the casing upstanding perimeter portion, an interior volume. At least one discrete object, and preferably a plurality of loosely provided objects, such as golf tees, are disposed within the interior volume. A passageway is defined through the interior volume for an instrument shaft extending from the base substantially perpendicular to the face through the cover and spaced from the upstanding perimeter portion of the casing. A measuring instrument movement (e.g.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 1996
    Date of Patent: May 12, 1998
    Inventor: Brendon Nunes
  • Patent number: 5574701
    Abstract: A timepiece is included in a marble which is rotatably mounted on a watchcase. The marble is easily removed from the watchcase to be usable in all games that require a marble. The timepiece may be a liquid crystal diode (LCD) movement which is encompassed between two half sections of the marble which are threadingly secured together. The marble is placed in a recess on the face of the watchcase and secured in place by a removably mounted semi-spherical shaped lens. The lens has an opening through which a surface of the marble is exposed for rotation of the marble in all directions. The marble is rotated by a finger of the watch wearer contacting the marble and spinning the marble as the marble is held in place by the lens. At least one portion of the marble is transparent to allow viewing of the time from the LCD watch movement. The transparent portion of the marble may include a magnifying lens so as to enlarge the digital display of the LCD watch movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 1995
    Date of Patent: November 12, 1996
    Assignee: HBL Limited
    Inventor: Mangharam Harilela
  • Patent number: 5400304
    Abstract: The invention relates to an ornamental clock having a clock glass with gems glued to the underside of the clock glass with transparent adhesive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 1993
    Date of Patent: March 21, 1995
    Assignee: D. Swarovski & Co.
    Inventor: Beate Offenstein
  • Patent number: 5319615
    Abstract: A watch having a face and a case of circular profile surrounding the face. The case includes a circular raceway and a plurality of separate decorative inserts, each in the shape of a linguistic element, e.g., a letter of the alphabet or a symbol, e.g., a heart, denoting a word or a concept. The raceway is disposed under a transparent bezel immediately adjacent the periphery of the case. The inserts are arranged to be slidably mounted in the raceway in any predetermined order to establish a predetermined message, e.g., a person's name, so that the message carried by the insert can be slid about the entire circumference of the case to be displayed at any orientation. The inserts are held in a predetermined orientation, i.e., their tops are directed radially away from the center of the watch so that the message is readily readable irrespective of its location along the periphery of the watch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 1993
    Date of Patent: June 7, 1994
    Inventor: Chak W. W. Ng
  • Patent number: 5272681
    Abstract: A structure of dynamic fluid clock which can serve both functions of time indication and dynamic enjoyment provided by the fluid, characterized in by its utility and dual functions that conventional timepiece products are hard to serve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 1993
    Date of Patent: December 21, 1993
    Inventor: Vincent K. W. Lee
  • 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: 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: 5155713
    Abstract: The portion of the rim (1) situated between the flanges (2) presents a clearance (3) in the form of an arc of a circle provided between the lateral exterior side and concentric with the center of the case. Another clearance (4), also in the form of an arc of a circle, is provided in the surface of the rim (1) adjacent to the crystal (5) and extends at an angle from the first clearance (3) and on both sides thereof. The edge of the second clearance (4) is located at a distance from the outside edge of the rim (1), thus providing two retaining eyes (4a). The clearances (3, 4) receive a decorative element (6), the upper side of which is adjacent to the lower side of the crystal (5), which prevents it from falling out through the clearance (4).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 1991
    Date of Patent: October 13, 1992
    Assignee: Montres Rolex S.A.
    Inventors: Rene Addor, Alberto Jaussi
  • Patent number: 5142512
    Abstract: A clock having: a casing encasing a timepiece movement; and a decorative cover sheet. The cover sheet covers the casing while being folded along fold lines. A design is depicted on at least a sheet front piece. A cutout corresponding to a dial receiver portion is used as a dial. A continuity in design is provided between the dial and the cover sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 1991
    Date of Patent: August 25, 1992
    Assignee: Seikosha Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Motonobu Takano, Yoshio Iseki
  • Patent number: 5047998
    Abstract: A timepiece with mobile decorations comprises: a roof disposed over a case body having a timepiece unit built therein; driving means to make said roof up and down while turning the same in response to a signal from the said timepiece unit; and mobile decorations disposed inside of the roof to operate and become visible from the outside while the roof is in a raised position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 1989
    Date of Patent: September 10, 1991
    Assignee: Seikosha Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Junichi Aizawa, Shoichiro Kumazawa, Tomohiro Wada
  • Patent number: 4945523
    Abstract: A timepiece glass assembly (1) is provided having a pair of superimposed, spaced apart, transparent glasses (2, 3) held together round their peripheries by a holding ring (6) in a manner such as to define between the glasses and ring an internal chamber (4). The chamber (4) may contain a fluid such as scent or a medicament and movable objects or particles (5) for decorative effect. The fluid is allowed to escape to the exterior of the chamber (4) via a passage (8) through the holding ring (6) in a manner controlled by a semi-sealing ring (10) which closes off the outer end of the passage (8). The ring (10) absorbs fluid and allows the scent and/or medicament to vaporize therefrom and escape to the exterior of the assembly (1) which may be removably attached to any suitable timepiece such as a wrist watch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 1989
    Date of Patent: July 31, 1990
    Inventor: Philip Y. Lam
  • Patent number: 4939913
    Abstract: A readily attachable and detachable ornament for watches and the like comprising an ornamental member adapted to be positioned on top of the watch housing and having an opening therein through which the watch face is visible, said ornamental member having means for releasably securing same to said watch housing so that the watch face and the opening in the ornamental member are in alignment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 1989
    Date of Patent: July 10, 1990
    Inventors: Roger V. Scungio, Melodie A. Betters
  • 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: 4757926
    Abstract: A decorative sleeve for wrist watchbands is disclosed. The sleeve includes first and second elongated tubular elements, first ends of each of which are interconnected by a short segment of planar elastic material. The sleeve is positioned upon a watch such that substantial portions of each of two watchband segments or straps are enclosed within the tubular elements, with the elastic segment being disposed beneath the rear surface of the watch case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 1987
    Date of Patent: July 19, 1988
    Inventor: Stephen Leo
  • Patent number: 4684264
    Abstract: A protective overlay is provided for preventing scratching or chipping of the crystal of a wristwatch, while permitting visual determination of the time of day. The overlay comprises a circular disk of a transparent high static vinyl sheet material adapted for stick-on attachment to a glass or plastic watch crystal without use of an adhesive. The exposed or front side of the disk bears selected decorative ornamentation and is covered by a transparent surface layer which seals the ornamentation against smudging and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 1985
    Date of Patent: August 4, 1987
    Inventors: Steven H. Paperno, Lisa R. Monica
  • Patent number: 4525077
    Abstract: A time piece such as a pocket or wrist watch having a large central opening formed therethrough which causes the watch to assume a toroidal configuration. Various inserts, made complimentary respective to the central opening, are supported within the central opening. The artistic design placed on either face of the insert admits a large selection of unique and personalized material to be readily available to the individual that wears the watch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 1984
    Date of Patent: June 25, 1985
    Inventor: Eugene N. Ketner
  • Patent number: 4473306
    Abstract: A crystal (1) of a wristwatch case contains a sapphire base plate (2) which, in front view, entirely covers the body (3) of the case. That plate (2) is in turn entirely covered by a second sapphire plate (4) which is glued (5) to plate (2) very rigidly. The crystal (1) is fastened to the body (3) by screws engaged from the back side of the body (3) in sockets (7), a head (9) of which is captured between the two plates (2, 4) of the crystal (1). The position of the sockets (7) is exactly determined by a conical seat (10) of housings hollowed out in plate (2), at the bottom of which rests the conical head (9) of the sockets (7). Flats (14) are formed on the heads (9), so that the glue forms packings (15) preventing the sockets (7) from turning while screwing the crystal (1). The upper face (6) of the square (3) and the heads (9) of the sockets (7) are masked by a metal coating (12) deposited by vacuum spraying on the other side of plate (4).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 1983
    Date of Patent: September 25, 1984
    Assignee: Montres Rado S.A.
    Inventor: Marc Lederrey
  • Patent number: 4466745
    Abstract: In watches to be worn on the body, the support member such as a wrist strap or neck band often is secured to the watch by means of a connecting member at a distance from the periphery of the watch casing. Generally tongue portions are formed on the watch casing and the connecting members fitted thereto and secured against movement in a direction opposite to the fitting direction by complex means such as screw and springs. In the improved watch casing of the invention, tongue portions (1a) are formed on the casing shell (1). The connecting members (4) which can be fitted from above engage into recesses in the tongue portions and are thereby secured in position transversely with respect to the direction of fitting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 1981
    Date of Patent: August 21, 1984
    Assignee: Heinz Hermann Weick
    Inventor: Jean E. Eichmann
  • Patent number: 4444515
    Abstract: An earring watch comprises an enclosure 4 with a friction clip or pierced-earlobe hook for attachment to the ear. The enclosure contains an energy cell 18, a timekeeping circuit 42-46-48 and an audio transducer 40 for announcing the time in a series of groups of tones, the number of tones in each group equal to a respective digit of the time. The time is announced when the wearer touches one part of the surface of the enclosure twice, another part 6 of the enclosure is electrically connected to the body via the ear, so that the touch completes a circuit between the two parts of the enclosure. Preferably, and to avoid false readouts due to an inadvertent touch, the watch contains circuitry for providing a time readout only if it is touched twice within a predetermined interval.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 1981
    Date of Patent: April 24, 1984
    Inventor: Lloyd D. Clark
  • Patent number: 4421421
    Abstract: A time keeping clock that includes a kinetic clock sculpture arrangement in which the clock comprises the usual minute and hour hands journalled for rotation in clockwise directions about a common axis, and a time keeping mechanism for driving said minute and hour hands to keep time, with the clock including a kinetic sculpture arrangement comprising a relatively large, medially located, kinetic sculpture drive gear wheel that is vertically disposed and has its axis of rotation disposed horizontally and paralleling that of the common axis of the clock minute and hour hands, one or more driven gear wheels that are of a diameter which is relatively small as compared to that of the drive wheel gear, and which are disposed in coupled rotation to the drive gear wheel at spaced locations thereabout, with several of said driven gear wheels each driving a separate crank about a horizontal axis, and a drive gear wheel actuated mechanical linkage of miniature stick figure form articulated to each of the said cranks, wi
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 1982
    Date of Patent: December 20, 1983
    Inventor: Gordon E. Bradt
  • Patent number: 4253178
    Abstract: An ornamental appliance or device which is removably attachable to another item, such as, more especially, a wrist watch to enhance its appearance. In the preferred form of the invention, it is a member in the form of a bezel which may have jewels or gem stones set in it, which can be detachably secured to a wrist watch case or a holder for the wrist watch case. The article may be circular or may have other shapes. Particular attachment means are provided in the form of hinged clamping members secured to the primary item, such as the extensions on a wrist watch to which the band is secured.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 1979
    Date of Patent: February 24, 1981
    Inventor: Lipot J. Kolaczia
  • Patent number: 4226082
    Abstract: An ornamental part for watches such as a watch case having a composite coating layer consisting essentially of titanium and titanium nitride, the ratio of the two components being varied in the direction of the thickness of the layer. The composite coating may be formed by the physical vapor deposition method in which the titanium in the vapor phase is reacted with nitrogen under a glow-discharge condition. The coating thus formed has a gold color and excellent physical and chemical properties.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 1978
    Date of Patent: October 7, 1980
    Inventor: Nobuo Nishida
  • Patent number: D255221
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 1977
    Date of Patent: June 3, 1980
    Assignee: Sunbeam Corporation
    Inventor: Richard K. Thomas