With Protection Means Patents (Class 368/286)
  • Patent number: 9462716
    Abstract: A shock buffering structure which has a side buffer member arranged between a wristwatch case and a watch module within the wristwatch case, wherein the side buffer member is layered and formed by a plurality of buffer layers having respectively different vibration transmissibility for predetermined frequencies. Accordingly, when the wristwatch case receives vibration from external shock, the plurality of buffer layers of the side buffer member attenuate and absorb low-frequency vibration and high-frequency vibration, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hiroyasu Kawaoka, Naohiko Sakurazawa, Masato Ueno
  • Publication number: 20150103639
    Abstract: The present invention describes the use of amine molecules (N) and phosphonic compounds (P) for coating surfaces intended to be used in the field of horology. Since these two types of compounds are alkaline and acid in nature, they form pairs of ions that interact with all types of surfaces, whether these are composed of mineral materials such as glass, metal, non-oxidised materials (inter alia gold, rhodium and their alloys), or also polymeric materials. Taking advantage of the surprising complementary nature of these two types of compounds, the present inventors propose a composition and a coating process that enable functionalisation layers to be formed on any type of material, in particular those used in clock mechanisms.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 7, 2013
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Applicant: Association Suisse pour la Recherche Horlogere
    Inventors: David Portet, Gregory Le Collinet
  • Publication number: 20140369172
    Abstract: Protective device (1) for the protection of a structural component, notably a main plate (2), of a timepiece movement (3) on a receiving surface comprised in this structural component (2) for receiving in abutment a complementary bearing surface (51) of a wheel set (5). This protective device (1) includes at least one insert (6) including a slide surface (7) having a higher surface hardness than that of this structural component (2), this insert (6) being assembled on or in this structural component (2) so that this slide surface (7) thereof coincides with this receiving surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 27, 2014
    Publication date: December 18, 2014
    Applicant: ETA SA Manufacture Horlogere Suisse
    Inventors: Ivan VILLAR, Laurent KAELIN
  • Patent number: 8876371
    Abstract: A watch case includes a middle (2, 24, 34), one opening of which is closed by a bezel (8, 18, 28) and/or a crystal (1, 11, 21), or by a back (40). An element for closing the opening is connected to the middle by a resilient metal member (3, 23, 33) having a recessed cross-section defined by the profile of a non-rectilinear wall having a constant thickness, whose ends (3a, 3b) are connected to the periphery of the closing element (1, 11, 21, 18), respectively. The profile of the non-rectilinear wall defines at least one annular fold having an orientation parallel to the plane of the opening, the fold being formed by a curvature whose arc defines an angle of between >90° and 180°, so as to impart to the closing member (1, 11, 21, 18) a freedom of movement relative to the plane of the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Rolex S.A.
    Inventors: Raoul Behrend, Julien Cattaneo, Olivier Kuffer, Antonio Meleddu
  • Patent number: 8870449
    Abstract: A watch includes a watch movement, a dial supported on the watch movement, hands moveable by the watch movement with a watch case receiving the watch movement. The watch case includes a cylindrical main body configured to receive the watch movement therein, a bezel supported on the main body and a crystal supported by the main body. The watch case further includes a frame receiving the main body, wherein the frame comprises a back frame plate configured to be adjacent the user, a top frame plate spaced from the back frame plate and including a central opening therein for receipt of the main body, a pair of lugs on opposed ends of the frame, wherein each lug extends between the spaced top frame plate and the back frame plate, a bar extending between each pair of lugs, wherein each bar is configured to receive a strap of a wrist watch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Inventor: Daniel Scioscia
  • Patent number: 8708552
    Abstract: A damping member includes a body provided between a device case and a module encased within the case and damping an external shock applied on the case. The body includes a holding member having upper and side surfaces and disposed between an inner peripheral surface of the case and an outer peripheral surface of the module, a first shock absorbing member covering a predetermined part of the upper and side surfaces of the holding member, deformed elastically when the shock is applied on the case, and elastically absorbing the shock, and a second shock absorbing member covering the other part of the holding member, getting the shock earlier than the first shock absorbing member when the shock is applied on the case, each changing its volume in accordance with the shock, and absorbing and escaping the shock. A damping structure used for an electronic device uses the damping member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: Casio Computer Co., Ltd
    Inventor: Masato Ueno
  • Patent number: 8585282
    Abstract: A shock absorbing member for a wristwatch including a wristwatch case whose side portions are provided with a pair of bands and an operation member positioned avoiding the pair of bands, and back surface has a case back attached thereto. This shock absorbing member is made of a flexible resin, and includes a peripheral side portion that surrounds the wristwatch case and projects further outward than a top surface of the wristwatch case, and a bottom portion to which the case back is attached. In addition, the peripheral side portion is provided with band holes into which the pair of bands are inserted and an operation hole corresponding to the operation member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Assignee: Casio Computer Co., Ltd
    Inventor: Takayuki Shindo
  • Patent number: 8485718
    Abstract: A lockable timing apparatus for multiple electronic devices includes an enclosure having a bottom, two side walls, an end wall, and a lid, with a door member opposing the end wall and hingedly attached to a side wall, the bottom, or the lid. At least one notch is in an exposed edge of at least one of the door member and the lid. Inside the enclosure are at least one electrical timer with a power supply cord, and at least two electrical outlets electrically connected to the at least one electrical timer. A locking means is disposed at least in part on the door member for denying unauthorized persons access to the electrical timer and the at least two electrical outlets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2013
    Inventor: Richard Lay
  • Patent number: 8366313
    Abstract: A watch includes a watch movement, a dial supported on the watch movement, hands moveable by the watch movement with a watch case receiving the watch movement. The watch case includes a cylindrical main body configured to receive the watch movement therein, a bezel supported on the main body and a crystal supported by the main body. The watch case further includes a frame receiving the main body, wherein the frame comprises a back frame plate configured to be adjacent the user, a top frame plate spaced from the back frame plate and including a central opening therein for receipt of the main body, a pair of lugs on opposed ends of the frame, wherein each lug extends between the spaced top frame plate and the back frame plate, a bar extending between each pair of lugs, wherein each bar is configured to receive a strap of a wrist watch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Inventor: Daniel Scioscia
  • Publication number: 20130021881
    Abstract: A protective guard for a watch is provided. The protective guard is formed of a high performance elastomer and is configured to be positioned over a watch in order to enhance impact, shock and abrasion resistance of the watch. The protective guard is secured in place on the watch by a friction fit with the watch and by a band extending through apertures at opposite ends of both the watch and the protective guard. The protective guard can be easily installed on the watch or removed from the watch as desired.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 18, 2012
    Publication date: January 24, 2013
    Inventor: Michael H. Bertucci
  • Patent number: 8333503
    Abstract: A portable timepiece has a timepiece exterior assembly with a mounting hole having seal surfaces and escape portions. A valve member has a shaft portion movably inserted into the mounting hole and a head portion connected to the shaft portion. An urging member is provided between the head portion and the assembly for urging the valve member toward the interior of the assembly. Seal members are mounted to the shaft portion in correspondence with the seal surfaces. The seal members are configured to be moved between a sealing position in which the seal members are held in contact with the seal surfaces, and an exhaust position in which the seal members are opposed to the respective escape portions. In the sealing position, the seal members define a closed space together with an outer periphery of the shaft portion and the escape portions opposed to the outer periphery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Assignee: Seiko Instruments Inc.
    Inventors: Haruki Hiranuma, Kazutaka Imai
  • Patent number: 8333502
    Abstract: A portable timepiece has a timepiece exterior assembly with a button mounting hole having seal surfaces and escape portions. An exhaust button has a shaft portion and a button portion connected to the shaft portion and configured to be pushed inward from an exterior of the assembly. An urging member is provided between the button portion and the assembly for urging the exhaust button toward the exterior of the assembly. Seal members are mounted to the shaft portion in correspondence with the seal surfaces. The seal members undergo movement between a sealing position in which they are held in contact with the respective seal surfaces with interference through axial reciprocation of the exhaust button, and an exhaust position in which the seal members are opposed to the respective escape portions. In the sealing position, the seal members define a closed space formed by the shaft portion and the escape portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Assignee: Seiko Instruments Inc.
    Inventors: Haruki Hiranuma, Kazutaka Imai
  • Patent number: 8333504
    Abstract: A timepiece has a valve that discharges gas from an exterior assembly and includes a casing, a valve member that moves from a closed position to an open position in accordance with an inner pressure of the assembly, an exhaust button movable into the casing, a first spring urging the button and valve member away from each other, and a second spring urging the button toward the exterior of the assembly. When an inner pressure of the assembly is greater than a force of the first spring, the valve member is moved to the open position and a portion of the gas accumulates between the valve member and the button. When the button is moved into the casing, the accumulated gas is discharged to the exterior of the assembly by which the valve member is maintained at the closed position by the spring force of the first spring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Assignee: Seiko Instruments Inc.
    Inventors: Yoshio Hozumi, Kazutaka Imai
  • Publication number: 20120002513
    Abstract: The invention relates to a watch case including a middle (2, 24, 34), one opening of which is closed by a bezel (8, 18, 28) and/or a crystal (1, 11, 21), or by a back (40). At least one of the elements for closing the opening is connected to the middle by a resilient metal member (3, 23, 33) having a recessed cross-section defined by the profile of a non-rectilinear wall having a constant thickness and the ends (3a, 3b) of which are connected to the periphery of said closing element (1, 11, 21, 18) of said middle (2, 24, 34), respectively. The profile of said non-rectilinear wall defines at least one annular fold having an orientation parallel to the plane of said opening, said fold being formed by a curvature, the arc of which defines an angle of between >90° and 180°, so as to impart to said closing member (1, 11, 21, 18) a freedom of movement relative to the plane of the opening.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 8, 2010
    Publication date: January 5, 2012
    Applicant: ROLEX S.A.
    Inventors: Raoul Behrend, Julien Cattaneo, Olivier Kuffer, Antonio Meleddu
  • Patent number: 8087820
    Abstract: Structures are disclosed that can improve the visibility of instrument displays. With some implementations, an instrument is provided with a bezel surrounding a crystal, wherein the upper surface of the bezel extends above the upper surface of the crystal. Also, a guard system may be embedded into and/or otherwise provided at portions of the crystal, wherein an upper surface of the guard also extends above the upper surface of the crystal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2012
    Assignee: Nike, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard D. Harley, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8052323
    Abstract: A wristwatch is equipped with a case band, a bezel, and a guard. The case band has a circular upwardly directed protrusion to which a transparent dial cover is mounted, a surrounding wall portion forming between itself and the upwardly directed protrusion an arrangement groove extending along this protrusion, and open portions for bezel operation. The bezel having manual holding asperities facing the open portions is rotatably supported in the outer periphery of the upwardly directed protrusion, and arranged in the arrangement groove while forming between itself and the surrounding wall portion a gap extending along the surrounding wall portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2011
    Assignee: Seiko Instruments Inc.
    Inventor: Koremoto Takeda
  • Publication number: 20110058457
    Abstract: Structures are disclosed that can improve the visibility of instrument displays. With some implementations, an instrument is provided with a bezel surrounding a crystal, wherein the upper surface of the bezel extends above the upper surface of the crystal. Also, a guard system may be embedded into and/or otherwise provided at portions of the crystal, wherein an upper surface of the guard also extends above the upper surface of the crystal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 16, 2010
    Publication date: March 10, 2011
    Applicant: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard D. Harley, JR.
  • Patent number: 7901129
    Abstract: This watch case comprises a protective casing surrounded by a middle (5) and a bezel (9). The protective casing includes a glass (3), a side wall (2) and a bottom (1). A planar peripheral surface extending along the entire edge of the inner face of the glass is in contact with a similar bearing surface on the side wall (2), at least part of which forms the width of the cross section of a pressure resistant structure having parallel lateral faces (SR) perpendicular to the bearing surface, and which extends without a gap as far as the bottom (1) of the casing. The components of the casing are secured and sealed with at least one annular seal (4) surrounding the lateral face of the glass (3) and the outer lateral face of the side wall (2) of the casing, and this seal is clamped.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2011
    Assignee: Rolex S.A.
    Inventors: Jean-Louis Bertrand, William Passaquin
  • Patent number: 7857504
    Abstract: Structures are disclosed that can improve the visibility of instrument displays. With some implementations, an instrument is provided with a bezel surrounding a crystal, wherein the upper surface of the bezel extends above the upper surface of the crystal. Also, a guard system may be embedded into and/or otherwise provided at portions of the crystal, wherein an upper surface of the guard also extends above the upper surface of the crystal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2010
    Assignee: Nike, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard D. Harley, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7648266
    Abstract: The device includes a cover for concealing or revealing a crown, via a relative rotation of the crown and an external casing element. In a preferred embodiment, the cover is secured to a ring slide friction mounted in an annular groove at the base of the middle part and held in place by a washer provided with lugs in order to be screwed into the horns of the middle part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2010
    Assignee: Tissot S.A.
    Inventor: André Saunier
  • Publication number: 20090069120
    Abstract: Embodiments of a Golf Round Pace Regulator timing device is shown and described. The timer, with a custom course specific face decal, illustrates the time allocated to each hole on the golf course to help golfers maintain a steady pace of play to complete the course in the time allotted by the golf course management. The golfer(s) are responsible for maintaining the same pace on the course as the pace of the timer's moving clock hand across the easy to read face decal. The timer solves the problem of slow play and decreased course revenue due to slow play. The timer solves the expensive customization manufacturing problem since it may be mass produced, and after manufacturing the customized course decal may be created and applied. The Timer is easy to implement and use on any golf course.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 8, 2008
    Publication date: March 12, 2009
    Inventor: Ellen Mosher
  • Patent number: 7457204
    Abstract: The invention is an alarm clock with a keypad for setting the time as well as the time for the alarms. The alarm clock also has a keypad cover that when placed over the keypad will prevent the accidental depression of the time setting keys of the keypad. The alarm clock also has an integrated CD player, an integrated AM/FM clock, an integrated docking port for portable audio storage devices. The alarm clock also contains a plurality of buttons located on the top of the alarm clock for providing a snooze feature, a dimming feature for the time display, The alarm clock also features a backup battery storage compartment, which provides backup power in the event that the AC electrical power provided by the electrical cord is no longer available. The alarm clock also comes with a remote control that enables the user to operate the CD player as well as the volume.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2008
    Inventor: Bradley Winters
  • Publication number: 20080267017
    Abstract: A watchcase is provided including a watchcase and an exoskeleton. The exoskeleton is aesthetically pleasing and engineeringly sound, encompassing the watchcase and protecting it from everyday wear and tear, of which it could be totally independent from the watchcase or could be attached to the watchcase in a supportive manner with connectors attaching it to the watchcase and connected with screws and separate supportive parts, reinforced from the exoskeleton mainframe to the top of the watchcase. The supports or connections could be engineered to evenly distribute any stress points, creating a ridged protective barrier for the watchcase.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 23, 2008
    Publication date: October 30, 2008
    Inventor: Michelle J. Fuwausa
  • Patent number: 7267480
    Abstract: The present invention is a method and apparatus for decorating the dial of a clock with photos, papers, or other embellishments so as to create a decorative personalized memory for the person's home or office through the creation of a specific customized timepiece incorporating memorabilia from the personal special event. The invention incorporates the use of a blank clock dial with hour numbers printed on it and adhering decorative paper memorabilia to the clock face. The invention also includes the use of a distinctive pair of clock hands to set it apart from the decorative items adhered to the clock face.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2007
    Assignee: Innovation Specialties, Inc.
    Inventor: Todd M. Hasson
  • Patent number: 7201020
    Abstract: A band that may be utilized for a timepiece, such as a watch, is disclosed. The band may have a plurality of joined links, and each link includes a cover member, an extension element, a first springbar, and a second springbar. The extension element defines a first channel and a second channel, the first springbar extends through the first channel to secure the extension element to the cover member, and the second springbar extends through the second channel to join the extension element to an adjacent cover member. In addition, the cover member is configured to join with an adjacent extension element that is separate from the extension element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2007
    Assignee: Nike, Inc.
    Inventor: Philip Andrew Frank
  • Patent number: 7175340
    Abstract: A protective watch band assembly including a protective watch band and an adapter. The protective watch band includes a pair of flaps on either side of an adapter receiver for attaching the adapter to the protective watch band. Hook and loop fasteners or other attachment means can be used to attach the two components of the present invention together. The adapter includes a pair of flaps on the top which are used to attach the watch face to the adapter by the watch face's band bars.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2007
    Inventor: Joseph C. Kinney
  • Patent number: 7107790
    Abstract: A band that may be utilized for a timepiece, such as a watch, is disclosed. The band may have a plurality of joined links, and each link includes a cover member, an extension element, a first springbar, and a second springbar. The extension element defines a first channel and a second channel, the first springbar extends through the first channel to secure the extension element to the cover member, and the second springbar extends through the second channel to join the extension element to an adjacent cover member. In addition, the cover member is configured to join with an adjacent extension element that is separate from the extension element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2006
    Assignee: Nike, Inc.
    Inventor: Philip Andrew Frank
  • Patent number: 6771566
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a wristwatch equipped with a device for the elimination of static electricity, the static electricity resulting from contact with metallic wardrobes, textiles, automobiles, electronic devices, and so on. Ground protrusions are disposed on a metallic upper cover in the upper portion of the watch. An external casing through which electricity is not transmitted is disposed in the middle portion of the watch. Connection protrusions and a watch chain are disposed in the lower portion of the watch. The device along with components of a general wristwatch is disposed in the watch, includes a coil for preventing a rapid current surge, a resistor for performing discharge, and a discharge bulb connected in series with each other, and is connected from the upper cover to one of the connection protrusions. Accordingly, static electricity is eliminated by touching objects generating the static electricity to ground protrusions disposed on the upper cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2004
    Inventor: Bok-Kwon Lee
  • Patent number: 6719455
    Abstract: The invention concerns a method for assembling a screwed crown on a watch case, characterized in that it includes the following steps: providing a crown with an inner threading the position of which is set with respect to the logo arranged on the front face of the crown; providing an intermediate tube including two threaded sections; mounting said intermediate tube in a smooth through hole passing through the case and wedging it on an assembling jig to arrange the thread start of the tube intended to accommodate the internal screw thread of the crown in an angular position such that when the crown is screwed as far as possible onto the tube said logo or said mark is located in a determined position; providing a nut and immobilizing the tube in said angular position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2004
    Assignee: KS 22 SA
    Inventor: Roger Ecoffet
  • Patent number: 6540397
    Abstract: An optical information medium comprising at least two data layers for bearing recorded information, and a servo layer for bearing tracking servo, information which is independently formed from the data layers; wherein the medium is used with a recording or reading system wherein a data beam for recording or reading the data in the data layer and a servo beam for reading the tracking servo information in the servo layer are used, and the servo layer is read by the servo beam that had passed through the data layer; and a filter layer is disposed between the data layer and the servo layer, and the filter layer exhibits higher absorption to the data beam than to the servo beam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2003
    Assignees: Siro Technologies, Inc., TDK Corporation
    Inventors: Jiro Yoshinari, Takuya Tsukagoshi, Hideki Hirata, Naoki Hayashida, Tokuyuki Honda, Mark E. McDonald, Michael V. Morelli, Andrew J. Daiber, Sanjoy Ghose, Lambertus Hesselink, Shunichi Nishimura, Sergei Sochava
  • Patent number: 6430111
    Abstract: To discharge the static electricity intruded through a timepiece exterior case without giving an adverse effect upon an electronic circuit of the timepiece. In a timepiece having a structure that a case is insulated in plurality of number using as insulating means a heat insulation material of a heat generation timepiece exterior case and a timepiece exterior case is used as electrode for charging and a timepiece having a structure that similarly a timepiece upper case and lower case are electrically insulated, a circuit pattern for allowing the static; electricity intruded through a timepiece exterior to freely discharge into air is provided in a wiring board in the heat generator. This made possible to prevent malfunction of a timepiece electronic circuit due to static electricity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2002
    Assignee: Seiko Instruments Inc.
    Inventor: Naotoshi Shino
  • Patent number: 6406178
    Abstract: Watch case (1) closed by a crystal (3) and a back cover (2) delimiting with a casing ring (6), a space (9) for housing at least a movement (29), including a metal center (30) whose outer wall has a stair structure (31, 31a, 32, 32a, 33) complementary to the inner structure (21, 21a, 22, 22a, 23, 23a) of the cover (20) secured to said center (30) by means of at least two screws (14, 16) passing through it via holes (34, 36) to tighten clamps (15, 17) housed in radial hollows (25, 27) formed in a vertical wall (21a) of the cover (20), by compressing an elastomeric gasket (12) arranged between two horizontal surfaces (22, 32) of the stair structures, and whose thickness is sufficient to arrange clearances (41, 41a) at least between opposite surfaces respectively of the back cover (2) and the base (21) of the cover (20), and the vertical wall (31a) of the center (30) and the wall (21a) of the cover (20) joining the base (21).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2002
    Assignee: Montres Rado S.A.
    Inventors: Denis Lüscher, Michael Bach, Fernand Vuillaume, Eloi Vuillaume
  • Patent number: 6234668
    Abstract: A holder for securing a timepiece to an article, such as a backpack, tent, bicycle, or ski coat for example. In a preferred embodiment, the holder comprises a base which is securable to a watch case, and a cover to shield the watch case when it is attached to the base. In one embodiment, the watch case is secured to the base by an elastic strap which is of a width and thickness to fit between the pins of the watch case and the body of the watch case. The cover can comprise a flexible band which is movable from an open position to a closed position, and which can be locked in the closed position. Rings may be provided at opposing ends of the base to connect the base to an article. A belt may be fed through the rings to assist in connecting the holder to the article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2001
    Assignee: Cooper & Company, Inc.
    Inventor: Martin R. Cooper
  • 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: 6213634
    Abstract: A combination of a wristband and watch which includes a tubular wristband having an inner layer of material, an outer layer of material, and a watch placed therebetween is disclosed. The inner layer has a slit formed therein and the outer layer has an opening formed therein. The slit and opening are substantially aligned. The watch has a base and a face attached to the base. The opening includes button-hole stitching. The face includes a rim and a recess is formed between the base and the rim. Once the watch is in place, the stitching fits snugly within the recess, thereby securing the watch within the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2001
    Inventors: Ronald L. Harrington, Richard L. Rowsell
  • 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: 5923623
    Abstract: An arrangement for detachably attaching an ornamental container to a wrist watch includes a supporting frame for the ornamental container to detachably connect thereto, and two thin and soft strips with transversely spaced teeth provided on an inner surface thereof. The strips are threaded through slots formed on corner lugs of the supporting frame in predetermined steps, so that the strips extend across below the wrist watch to easily but firmly and detachably tie the supporting frame to a top of the wrist watch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 1998
    Date of Patent: July 13, 1999
    Inventor: Vincent Kuo Wei Lee
  • Patent number: 5889739
    Abstract: A method of recording information on and reproducing information from a magnetooptical recording medium which includes first and second magnetic layers. The method includes the step of projecting a light spot onto the medium. When reproducing information, the light spot is projected onto the medium from the side of the magnetic layer. In this method only a high temperature region of the second magnetic layer within a light spot projection portion is changed to a perpendicular magnetization film so that information recorded in the first magnetic layer is transferred to the perpendicular magnetization film of the second magnetic layer. In addition, information which is transferred to the second magnetic layer is detected by using reflected light from the medium which is subjected to the magneto-optic effect from the perpendicular magnetization film of the second magnetic layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 1997
    Date of Patent: March 30, 1999
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Naoki Nishimura, Hiroshi Omata, Kazuoki Honguu
  • Patent number: 5848030
    Abstract: A wrist watch comprising a watch case containing a timing movement and a watchband defining a longitudinal axis. Securing means is provided to secure the watch case to the watchband so that the watch case may be selectively displaced along a predetermined distance of the longitudinal axis. In one embodiment, securing means includes a protective covering material attached to the watchband and forming a tubular structure. The tubular structure defines a cavity in which a watch case may reside and slide with respect to the watchband. The covering may include one or more openings to selectively expose the watch face from the protective covering.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 1996
    Date of Patent: December 8, 1998
    Inventor: Scott L. Sullivan
  • Patent number: 5838642
    Abstract: A wrist sweatband which includes a sports-type watch removably fastened to the sweatband. In a preferred embodiment the wrist sweatband with watch is characterized by an elastic, typically cotton, sweatband having a pair of pile element strips of a loop-pile fastener sewn thereto and a loop element strip of the loop-pile fastener extends from each pile element strip. The free end of each loop element strip is extended around a corresponding band attachment pin provided on the watch and each loop element strip is then caused to engage the corresponding pile element strip of the loop-pile fastener, to securely and yet removably, attach the watch to the sweatband. In another embodiment the loop element of a loop-pile fastener is provided on the bottom of the watch for engaging the pile element of the loop-pile fastener, sewn to the sweatband. In still another embodiment a female snap is provided on the sweatband for receiving a companion, male snap provided on the bottom of the watch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 17, 1998
    Inventor: Patricia A. Tully
  • Patent number: 5786078
    Abstract: A magneto-optical recording medium comprising a transparent substrate, a first dielectric layer on the substrate, a magneto-optical recording layer on the first dielectric layer and a metal reflecting layer on the magneto-optical recording layer, optically with a second dielecric layer between the magneto-optical recording layer, wherein the magneto-optical recording layer has a Curie temperature Tc of from 100.degree. C. to 200.degree. C. and a layer thickness of from 15 nm to 60 nm, the metal reflecting layer has a layer thickness of not less than 60 nm and a product .lambda.d of a thermal conductivity .lambda. by the layer thickness d of from 2.5 .mu.W/K to 20 .mu.W/K, and the following formula is satisfied: Tc.ltoreq.-10.times..lambda.d+300. This magneto-optical recording medium has an improved stability under repeated recording and erasing, or continuous erasing, operations without a loss of a high recording sensitivity thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 1995
    Date of Patent: July 28, 1998
    Assignee: Teijin Limited
    Inventors: Masahiko Sekiya, Kazuhiko Honjo, Atsushi Oyamatsu
  • Patent number: 5699325
    Abstract: The invention concerns a transparent scratchproof watch case closure element, characterized in that it is realized by sintering a pressed part or a injected part having a general shape similar to that of said closure element, said part being essentially formed of a powder or a mixture of powders of ceramic material and in that said closure element is transparent in the visible spectrum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 1995
    Date of Patent: December 16, 1997
    Assignee: Montres Rado Sa
    Inventor: Michael Bach
  • Patent number: 5652736
    Abstract: Disclosed is an ornamental container detachably attached to a wrist watch. The ornamental container is pivotally connected to an upper supporting frame which cooperates with a pair of lower U-shaped fixing members to sandwich a watch case of the wrist watch between them. The ornamental container is filled with ornamental articles, such as cute floating articles drifting on dual-liquid, and is normally closed to the supporting frame over the dial of the wrist watch. When a werarer wants to check time, the ornamental container can be pivotally lifted to expose the dial.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 1996
    Date of Patent: July 29, 1997
    Inventor: Vincent Kuo Wei Lee
  • Patent number: 5638342
    Abstract: A watch saddle for providing ventilation and spacing between a user's wrist and a wristwatch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 1995
    Date of Patent: June 10, 1997
    Assignee: Fossil, Inc.
    Inventors: Tom Kartsotis, Suzanne M. Amundsen, Timothy G. Hale, Hiroshi Nakahara
  • Patent number: 5631880
    Abstract: A rotatable indicator ring for a wristwatch is an assembly of a first ring of hard resin material rotatably mounted and retained ont he watch bezel, and a soft elastomeric second ring extending beyond and locked to the first ring. The first ring has decorative or functional indicia and the second ring has a frictional surface facilitating turning the assembly and protecting the watch from impact and shock.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 1996
    Date of Patent: May 20, 1997
    Assignee: Timex Corporation
    Inventor: John T. Houlihan
  • Patent number: 5442602
    Abstract: Shock absorbing members are attached to an outer rim of a back surface of a wristwatch case body at 6- and 12-o'clock portions thereof, and they extend outward and curve downward. Each of the shock absorbing members has rising portions extending from its both side ends and which are freely swingably attached to the wristwatch case body to a circumferential surface of the wristwatch case body. In addition, a part of a front surface and the circumferential surface of the wristwatch case body are covered by a first cover member made of soft synthetic resin, and the first cover is partly covered by a metal-made second cover member. When shock is applied to the front and circumferential surfaces of the wristwatch case body, the shock is reduced or absorbed by the rising portions of the shock absorbing members. When shock is applied to the back surface of the case body, the shock is reduced or absorbed by the shock absorbing member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 1994
    Date of Patent: August 15, 1995
    Assignee: Casio Computer Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Masaaki Hirai, Mitsuo Matsunaga, Yoshiya Kato
  • Patent number: 5272682
    Abstract: A wrist watch and band protector. The wrist watch and band protector has a substantially circular body portion, a pair of extensions formed on and emanating from the body portion such that each extension of the pair of extensions are disposed mutually opposite each other on the body portion and are colinear, and fastener for fastening each extension of the pair of extensions around the wrist watch so that the wrist watch crystal, the wrist watch in general, and the wrist watch band, are protected from breakage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 1991
    Date of Patent: December 21, 1993
    Inventor: Thomas J. Falcone
  • Patent number: 5168478
    Abstract: A time standard assembly for a global positioning system (GPS), such as for a space vehicle, has a natural-frequency atomic frequency standard (NAFS) which is operated at its natural resonant frequency in order to output an upset-proof natural frequency signal. The assembly includes a frequency synthesizer unit (FSU) and microprocessor data unit (MDU) which are hardened by combining them together and enclosing them in one integral unit which is shielded from the electromagnetic pulse of an upset event. Multiply redundant NAFS, FSUs, and MDUs are used to improve reliability and for maintaining units on-line and in standby. A dithered clock frequency signal is generated by the FSU according to a dither algorithm performed by the MDU, and the MDU generates encoded clock data using the dithered clock frequency signal. The MDU includes an upset recovery mechanism for resetting its registers and counters using the upset-proof natural frequency signal from the NAFS upon detecting the occurrence of an upset event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 1990
    Date of Patent: December 1, 1992
    Assignee: ITT Corporation
    Inventor: Anthony P. Baker
  • Patent number: 5068840
    Abstract: A is particularly useful in a specialized activity, such as piloting an airplane, in which a user's forearm is held vertical and with the radial aspect or "edge" of the wrist oriented toward the user's eyes. The mount is for use with a timepiece or other instrument that has a legible face and controls, with the controls preferably above and below the legible face. The mount includes a relatively rigid, standard-size casing that fits loosely on the radial aspect of the wrist, held by a wristband. Along opposite edges of the casing are inward-directed retaining flanges. A relatively compliant insert pad is secured in the casing, between the flanges. The pad is custom fitted, and preferably individually custom-molded, to conform closely to the radial aspect of a particular individual user's wrist. The casing carries the timepiece or other device on the radial aspect of the wrist, with vertical elements of the legible face parallel to the long dimension of the forearm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 1989
    Date of Patent: November 26, 1991
    Inventor: John H. Buckner
  • Patent number: 5036502
    Abstract: The watch case comprises a middle cum bezel unit (14,16), a glass (18) secured to the unit and a bell-shaped cap (20). The glass (18) is formed with a heel (28) extending radially towards the periphery of the case. The glass (18) further defines with the bezel-forming portion (16) of the unit a groove (30) by means of which the cap (20) is secured and positioned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 1989
    Date of Patent: July 30, 1991
    Assignee: ETA SA Fabriques d'Ebauches
    Inventor: Laurent Grosjean