With Movement Securing Means Patents (Class 368/300)
  • Patent number: 9069536
    Abstract: Methods and devices for power cycling an electronic device are provided. Also provided are systems and kits.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2015
    Assignee: ABBOTT DIABETES CARE INC.
    Inventors: Alexander G. Ghesquiere, Christopher Ammon Myles, Scott Dalton
  • Patent number: 8870450
    Abstract: Timepiece assembly (1) comprising a middle part (4) cooperating in abutment with a bottom plate (2) and a screw (6) for securing (5) this bottom plate (2) to this middle part (4), cooperating with an axis (D0) housing (7) of this plate (2), to press a flange (10) onto a first shoulder (8) of this plate (2) in proximity and on a second shoulder (9) of this middle part (4), and this first shoulder (8) is conical or spherical and/or this second shoulder (9) which is conical or spherical, cooperates with this flange (10) on at least two surfaces or points, in an assembled position wherein this plate (2) and this middle part (4) are assembled to each other and in the position wherein this screw (6) is completely screwed into this housing (7).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: ETA SA Manufacture Horlogère Suisse
    Inventors: Olivier Mertenat, Baptist Wyssbrod
  • Patent number: 8854924
    Abstract: A method of executing an action at a predetermined time by a device is disclosed. The device has a latency time between initiation of the execution of the action and the actual execution of the action. The method includes advancing the initiation of the execution of the action by the latency time. A device in which the method is implemented and a system including the device are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Agilent Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: John C Eidson
  • Publication number: 20140286145
    Abstract: Inseparable single-piece timepiece component including a position adjustable mechanism having a rigid structure carrying, by means of at least one resilient strip, a position adjustable component including an indexing means arranged to cooperate with a complementary indexing means comprised in an adjustment mechanism. Said adjustment mechanism is incorporated in said inseparable single-piece component.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Publication date: September 25, 2014
    Applicant: Nivarox-FAR S.A.
    Inventors: Marc STRANCZL, Thierry HESSLER, Jean-Luc HELFER
  • Patent number: 8659979
    Abstract: An inner frame includes a side wall being set its outer diameter to be smaller than a diameter of an inner periphery of a case and arranged along an inner peripheral surface of the case when the frame is housed within the case. The wall is divided into spread portions by cut outs, each cut out in a thickness direction of the case, and the spread portions are spread to make an outside surface thereof fit on the inner peripheral surface of the case when the module is press-fitted from an opening of the case. An inside surface of each spread portion is provided with a projection to be brought into contact with an outside surface of the module and to push and spread outward the spread portion when the module is press-fitted into the frame. A case unit includes the module, the case, and the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Assignee: Casio Computer Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Ayako Tsuji, Masato Ueno
  • Patent number: 8636404
    Abstract: A wristwatch includes a case formed of a glass and a back lid attached to a case body that has an annular receiving portion on an inner peripheral surface thereof. An inner frame is integrated into the case body by engaging an engaging portion of the inner frame with the annular receiving portion from the side of the back lid. A movement is supported inside the inner frame, and a plurality of resilient bodies are attached to the inner frame and project from the outer peripheral surface of the inner frame. The resilient bodies are clamped between the inner peripheral surface of the case body and the outer peripheral surface of the inner frame, and are resiliently deformed so as to match a gap between the inner peripheral surface and the outer peripheral surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2014
    Assignee: Seiko Instruments Inc.
    Inventor: Haruki Hiranuma
  • Publication number: 20140022875
    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: Application
    Filed: January 9, 2013
    Publication date: January 23, 2014
    Applicant: Fathom Watch Company, LLC
    Inventor: Daniel Scioscia
  • Publication number: 20120120779
    Abstract: A timepiece including a case including a middle part, which is closed on the top portion thereof by a bezel and on the bottom portion by a back cover, and a timepiece movement mounted against the middle part by a casing ring. The timepiece also includes a locking device for pressing the assembly including the timepiece movement and casing ring against the middle part when the case of the timepiece is closed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 8, 2010
    Publication date: May 17, 2012
    Applicant: ETA SA Manufacture Horlogere Suisse
    Inventors: Thierry Altenhoven, Carlo Albisetti
  • Patent number: 7961558
    Abstract: A timepiece having a movement, a substantially cylindrical case that houses the movement, a bezel that holds the outside edge part of a crystal and is fastened to the case, and a back cover that is fastened to the opposite side of the case as the side to which the bezel is disposed. The case has a plurality of movement fastening units for fastening the movement by means of screws, a plurality of bezel fastening units for fastening the bezel by means of screws, and a plurality of back cover fastening units for fastening the back cover by means of screws. The screws disposed to the movement fastening units, the bezel fastening units, and the back cover fastening units are substantially aligned with the axial direction of the case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2011
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Noriaki Ozawa, Osamu Takahashi, Masatoshi Moteki
  • Publication number: 20090073816
    Abstract: A timepiece having a movement, a substantially cylindrical case that houses the movement, a bezel that holds the outside edge part of a crystal and is fastened to the case, and a back cover that is fastened to the opposite side of the case as the side to which the bezel is disposed. The case has a plurality of movement fastening units for fastening the movement by means of screws, a plurality of bezel fastening units for fastening the bezel by means of screws, and a plurality of back cover fastening units for fastening the back cover by means of screws. The screws disposed to the movement fastening units, the bezel fastening units, and the back cover fastening units are substantially aligned with the axial direction of the case.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 5, 2008
    Publication date: March 19, 2009
    Applicant: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Noriaki OZAWA, Osamu TAKAHASHI, Masatoshi MOTEKI
  • Patent number: 7404668
    Abstract: To provide a timepiece in which it is possible to promote an edge thinning of an edge member without impairing an exchangeability of a gasket between the edge member to which a glass has been fixed and a case band, and a selectivity of a fixation means of the glass to the edge member. In a case band of an armor case in which a timepiece movement with a dial has been built in, there is provided an inner periphery convex part forming a fit hole while protruding to a case band inside. In an annular edge member which is overlapped to a front side of the case band and to which a glass has been fixed, there are provided a tubular fit part fitted to a fit hole, and a dial cover site covering a peripheral part surface of the dial. An annular seal gasket made of an elastic material is nipped, in an outside than the fit hole, between the edge member and the case band.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2008
    Assignee: Seiko Instruments Inc.
    Inventors: Haruki Hiranuma, Hideaki Koshoji
  • Patent number: 7072247
    Abstract: To provide a wrist watch capable of easily exchanging a bezel by a user per se. A wrist watch is locked in a state in which a case body packing is arranged between a main body of an inner case bodyl including a module including an electronic circuit realizing watch function and an outer case body, an upper end face of a peripheral edge of an inner face body main body is pressed by an inner wall face of a decorative bezel main body and a spring projected portion is fitted to a click hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2006
    Assignee: Seiko Instruments Inc.
    Inventors: Haruki Hiranuma, Koremoto Takeda
  • Patent number: 7016264
    Abstract: A light emission and display device (for example, timepiece module) comprising an ultraviolet ray emitting element that emits ultraviolet rays, light emission areas that react to the ultraviolet rays to thereby emit the corresponding colored lights, and a pair of legs that connect in a stabilized manner the ultraviolet ray emitting element and a connection terminal of a circuit board in the light emission and display device. Each leg has a bend for adjusting the length and a bend angle of the leg between the ultraviolet ray emitting element and the connection terminal (FIG. 19).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2006
    Assignee: Casio Computer Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Masato Ueno, Tadao Hirano, Shyuichi Machida, Mitsunobu Yatabe
  • Patent number: 6971789
    Abstract: A thin timepiece having a module stably fixed therein has a case integrated with a wrist band and a case back, the case having an opening portion on a front surface side thereof, a module having a housing formed of a resin and a timepiece movement held by the housing, the module being removable retained in the opening portion of the case, and a cover glass for covering the opening portion of the case. The housing has at least one two-sided supporting beam integrally formed in a side surface therof and being deformable in a planar direction of the housing, and a fitting projection protruding from each two-side suporting beam, and the module is fixed in the opening portion of the case by inserting the fitting projection into a corresponding engaging recess formed in an inner side face of the case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2005
    Assignee: Seiko Instruments Inc.
    Inventor: Hisao Nakamura
  • Patent number: 6762976
    Abstract: There is disposed a middle comprising a metallic inner middle (20) in which a movement (30) is housed, and a metallic outer middle (21) covering at least a part of the inner middle, and an elastic shock absorber (35) disposed between the inner middle and the outer middle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2004
    Assignee: Citizen Watch Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Katsuaki Tamaru, Ryo Fujita, Susumu Tosaka
  • Patent number: 6666576
    Abstract: The watch case includes a back cover (2), a middle part (3) and a bezel (4) closed by a crystal (5) delimiting together a space in which a watch movement (1) is housed for an analogue or digital time display on a dial (6) arranged below the crystal (5). It is characterized in that the bezel (4) is made of metal and has locally a ring (14) of sufficient thickness to include in its lower portion a first series of threaded holes (11) for screwing in a first series of screws (10) for fixing the movement (1) onto the bezel (4) and a second series of threaded holes (21), offset angularly with respect to the first series, passing through the movement (1), and intended for screwing the back cover (2) into the lower part of the bezel (4).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2003
    Assignee: Eta SA Fabriques d'Ebauches
    Inventors: Laurent Kaelin, Chrystel Gressly
  • Patent number: 6616329
    Abstract: In a structure in which a rotating bezel is mounted on a case body, the present invention provides the structure which permits the rotating bezel to be mounted and removed without difficulty even if a brittle material and a deformation difficult material is used in the rotating bezel. When the rotating bezel 25 is pushed downward, the lower end of the engaging rib 25a of the rotating bezel 25 is abutted against the upper end of the holding rib 21d of a glass fixing ring 21 and stress is applied thereby so that the elastically deformable section 21b of the glass fixing ring 21 is elastically deformed inward, that is, toward the side where a clearance is formed. As a result, the engaging rib 25a goes over the holding rib 21d and the rotating bezel 25 is kept in a held state as shown in the figure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2003
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Shigemi Sasaki, Noriaki Ozawa
  • Patent number: 6322246
    Abstract: A water-resistant movement holder for a pocket watch of the type that has a watch casing, comprised generally of a front and back portion that are joined or otherwise held together, a watch movement, a shaft, and a hinged cover portion. The movement holder comprises a primary housing and a mechanism to seal the primary housing within the watch casing. The primary housing has generally enclosed sides, an enclosed top and an open bottom with a generally hollow interior. The generally hollow interior is capable of releasably receiving the watch movement. The primary housing maintains the watch movement therein and limits the ingress of water, dirt and debris into the generally hollow interior and into contact with the watch movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2001
    Assignee: Wing Root Limited
    Inventor: Dominic Y. F. Leung
  • Publication number: 20010036131
    Abstract: A wristwatch case is structured by an outer case and an inner case mounting a movement. The inner case is structured movable vertical to a plane to provide, in a vertical movable range, a stop point where the inner case is allowed to rotate and a stop position inhibiting rotation. In a state the inner case is rotatable, the inner case can be rotated to an angle easy to see.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 28, 2001
    Publication date: November 1, 2001
    Inventors: Dai Terasawa, Shoichi Watase
  • 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: 6024484
    Abstract: A watch has a controller and display held within a watch casing by filler. The watch can be assembled by positioning the controller and display within the watch casing and then adding the filler, which hardens to hold the controller and display in place and provide shock protection. The watch requires no special brackets or the like to hold the display and controller. As a result, it offers great flexibility in the design and shape of the watch casing and in the placement of control buttons. The watch is also easily assembled using automated manufacturing techniques.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 1997
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2000
    Assignee: Nike, Inc.
    Inventor: Philip Shaw
  • Patent number: 5831939
    Abstract: A timepiece and a case intended to fit such a timepiece. This timepiece comprises a clockwork movement (12), a case (2) consisting of a caseband (4) and a back cover (6) forming a housing (10) for receiving said movement (12), means for axial positioning (25, 26) and means for lateral positioning (P) of the movement (12) with respect to the case (2). The axial positioning means are arranged in a peripheral region of the housing (10) and may allow a lateral play along a support plane (27). The lateral positioning means (P) are arranged respectively on the back cover (6) of the case (2) and on a lower part (14b) of the frame (14), preferably in the form of a central stud (6) fixed to the back cover (6) and engaged with an axial play in an opening (38) of the movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 1996
    Date of Patent: November 3, 1998
    Assignee: Eta Sa Fabriques D'Ebauches
    Inventor: Laurent Kaelin
  • Patent number: 5825722
    Abstract: Timepiece comprising a caseband (2) capable of being elastically deformed whose internal wall (20) has a first protruding part (23, 24) and a second protruding part (28) forming a stop for the movement (50) associated with the dial (52). When the movement is inserted into the caseband, the first protruding part is passed via the rim (56) of movement by the application of pressure (58) on the movement resulting in a separating force of the case band thanks to the specific profile of the first protruding part. Once in place, the movement surmounted by dial is held in a fixed position in the caseband by means of the first and second protruding parts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 1996
    Date of Patent: October 20, 1998
    Assignee: SMH Management Services AG
    Inventors: Clement Meyrat, Jean-Christophe Rothen
  • Patent number: 5657298
    Abstract: A watch comprising a case (4) containing a movement and a dial, a strap (3) to secure the case (4) to the wrist as well as an assembly cover (2) adapted to be secured to the case (4) and the strap (3). The assembly cover (2) is provided with reception recesses (11) for the strap (3) and a snap-in connection (10) for the case (4). The case (4) in use masks the recesses (11) of the strap (3). The assembly cover (2) comprises on opposite sides of its internal surface two side walls (9) defining openings (11') permitting the passage of the strap (3).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 1995
    Date of Patent: August 12, 1997
    Assignee: S.A. Sussex France
    Inventor: Nathalie Choay
  • Patent number: 5500837
    Abstract: A ultra-thin wristwatch includes a back cover-caseband and a crystal in plastic material. The case is reinforced by a metallic armature. Such armature, in addition to serving as fastening point for a bracelet, is used as baseplate on which is secured at least one central stud around which pivot the hours and minutes hands.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 1995
    Date of Patent: March 19, 1996
    Assignee: ETA SA Fabriques d'Ebauches
    Inventor: Ronald Flury
  • 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: 5363350
    Abstract: A watch case is made of gold with a caseband-bezel (11) hollowed-out in order to diminish the weight of gold as much as possible. To avoid dents in the caseband-bezel the hollow (26) is filled with metal, for example brass, which also serves as a casing ring (10) to secure the movement (13) to the case. The installation of such casing ring in the caseband hollow is possible only if the ring is made in at least four segments (1, 2, 3, 4 ) which are placed side-by-side and which are held in place by means guided in a groove (6) formed in the ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 1993
    Date of Patent: November 8, 1994
    Assignee: SMH Management Services AG
    Inventors: Miche Marr-Andre, Loichot Aime
  • Patent number: 5163030
    Abstract: This watch case includes a caseband (1) and a fitting frame (2) inserted into said caseband. The frame includes a first seat (14) in which a bezel (4) rests, said bezel compressing the elastic material (15) forming the frame against the caseband, a second seat (16) in which a dial (7) is inserted, a third seat (18) in which a bead (19) provided on the movement rests, and a fourth seat (20) in which a flange (21) exhibited by the back cover (3) is inserted, such flange compressing the material forming the frame against the caseband. The watch case is sealed and lends itself particularly well to assembly on automated machinery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 1990
    Date of Patent: November 10, 1992
    Assignee: Tissot S.A.
    Inventors: Gaston Gagnebin, Hans Maurer, Jacques Muller
  • Patent number: 5043957
    Abstract: The watch (1) in accordance with the invention comprises positioning means for the movement in the case. The positioning means comprise two blind holes (30) arranged in the case (6) and two centering elements (32), these latter having a first part driven into the blind holes and a second part (36) projecting from the case and cooperating with openings (38) provided in the movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 1990
    Date of Patent: August 27, 1991
    Assignee: ETA SA Fabriques d'Ebauches
    Inventor: Laurent Kaelin
  • Patent number: 4970708
    Abstract: The watch case of this invention includes a caseband (1) hollowed out in the form of a vault (10). Such caseband includes first (5) and second (6) cylindrical support surfaces cooperating respectively with a crystal (2) and a back cover (3). Three blocks (7), unitary with the caseband, are arranged within the hollowed-out vaultlike space. Each block bears a projection (11) extending towards the movement (17) borne by the case, said projection having an upper snap (12) on which rests a flange (15) supporting the crystal and a lower snap (13) on which rests a casing ring (16) on which the back cover bears.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 1990
    Date of Patent: November 13, 1990
    Assignee: Omega S.A.
    Inventors: Gaston Gagnebin, Eric Loth
  • Patent number: 4967402
    Abstract: A sealed watchcase includes a middle-and-bezel having two concentric annular parts which are held one inside the other by means of friction. The internal part of these two parts is a rigid ring made of ordinary metal or plastic. The external part of these two parts is made of precious-metal and forms a thin casing covering at least the radially external surfaces of the rigid ring. A glass part is bonded inside an internal snap in the precious-metal casing. A back cover is held against a bottom flat surface of the middle-and-bezel by fixing screws which are screwed into the rigid ring and ensure, when tightened, clamping of a fitting ring inserted together with a watch movement into the opening of the rigid ring. Seals are compressed between the back cover and the middle-and-bezel. Only the back cover, the precious-metal casing and the glass form the external parts of the watchcase.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 1989
    Date of Patent: October 30, 1990
    Inventor: Georges Claude
  • Patent number: 4932010
    Abstract: A timepiece includes a clock movement whose axis coincides with the central axis of the case, and a module for displaying the time which is constituted by a unit which is independent of the movement and of the case and whose axis is spaced from the central axis of the case. The elements for coupling the display module to the case are arranged symmetrically about the central axis of the case so as to enable the display module to be arranged in various possible eccentric positions around the central axis of the case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 1989
    Date of Patent: June 5, 1990
    Assignee: Gianni Bulgari S.p.A.
    Inventor: Norberto Perucchi
  • Patent number: 4853910
    Abstract: A timepiece includes an outer caseband 3 formed entirely in one piece of a hard material which likewise includes a hub member 4 providing the timepiece dial, and a metallic inner caseband 16. An annular step 10 for positioning and glue fastening a crystal 9 surrounds the hub member. This arrangement gives the hard material the rigidity necessary to resist forces acting thereon during manufacture and subsequently when the watch is worn.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 1987
    Date of Patent: August 1, 1989
    Assignee: ETA SA Fabriques d'Ebauches
    Inventor: Elmar Mock
  • Patent number: 4796240
    Abstract: The time indicator cartridge is attachable and detachable to the main timing mechanism through an engaging stem which connects the time indicia to the timing mechanism. A set of locking lugs squeezes the bezel within the casing of the time keeping mechanism which is secured by a rear insert camming device, thereby limiting the release of the cartridge to occur only on removal of the rear casing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 1987
    Date of Patent: January 3, 1989
    Inventor: Robert B. Stevens
  • Patent number: 4645355
    Abstract: A system for mounting a clock's working components and dial mechanism on a support platform to form a self-contained assembly which can be easily installed and removed from an enclosure. A clock movement supporting the working components is releasably supported from one side of a rigid, shaped mounting bracket for precise alignment with the dial mechanism which is releasably supported from the opposite side of the bracket by a plurality of dial posts. Attachment of the bracket to the dial panel mounts the movement and dial mechanism as a unit, and the dial panel is mounted on receiving fasteners for easy installation and removal. The bracket is fabricated to close tolerances to ensure alignment of critical components and consistent spacing between the movement and dial mechanism, and is sufficiently rigid to maintain these alignments and spacing and to sustain forces imposed upon the clock during handling and shipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 1985
    Date of Patent: February 24, 1987
    Assignee: Pearl Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael R. Peters
  • Patent number: 4626108
    Abstract: A wristwatch comprises an outer case having a longitudinal retaining bore. A hollow, generally cylindrical plastic seal is disposed in the bore. The seal includes upper and lower portions, the lower portion being of reduced diameter. The upper portion includes a radial notch and an upper recess disposed above the notch. The lower portion includes a radially inwardly projecting flange and a lower recess disposed below the flange. A watch movement includes a collar which is seated on the flange so as to be radially and longitudinally positioned within the seal. A watch face is disposed above the movement and is mounted in the notch. The watch face engages the watch movement to longitudinally retain the watch movement. A crystal is mounted in the upper recess, and a bottom cover is mounted in the lower recess.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 1985
    Date of Patent: December 2, 1986
    Assignee: Gebruder Junghans GmbH
    Inventor: Wolfgang Ganter
  • Patent number: 4606098
    Abstract: A pendulum rod immobilizing device for immobilizing the pendulum rod of a clock in order to prevent damage to the clock by motion of the pendulum rod during transport. The pendulum rod is immobilized by engagement with a pendulum rod retainer provided on the movement case of the clock and is released by the operation of a release member provided on the pendulum rod retainer. The pendulum rod retainer is provided at a position outside the normal range of swing of the pendulum rod so that the immobilizing effect is obtained only when the pendulum rod is deliberately moved considerably beyond its normal range of swing and that the pendulum rod retainer does not interfere with the swing of the pendulum rod during normal use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 1984
    Date of Patent: August 19, 1986
    Assignee: Rhythm Watch Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Masahiro Akahane
  • Patent number: 4529323
    Abstract: A leak resistant watch casing is designed to accomodate a thin movement. It comprises a casing ring (7) supporting the movement (5) around which an elastic binding (10) is removably mounted. The binding is of rectangular cross section with the smaller sides of the rectangle being pressed against the case-band (1) and the back cover (11) when these elements are secured together. The binding includes an orifice (17) situated proximate two U-formed openings provided in the periphery of the case-band and back cover in order to accomodate the stem (15) of a control element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 1983
    Date of Patent: July 16, 1985
    Assignee: Omega SA
    Inventor: Gaston Gagnebin
  • Patent number: 4522509
    Abstract: A clockwork is held in a carrier which can form part of a clock housing or casing by a retaining bar which is pivotally connected at one end of the carrier, has a rectilinear portion spanning the clockwork and braced thereagainst and an opposite end which engages under an overhang at the opposite side of the carrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 1983
    Date of Patent: June 11, 1985
    Assignee: Gebruder Schmidt GMBH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Karl W. Schmidt
  • Patent number: 4496246
    Abstract: A precision, reliable, analog timepiece uses plastic frame elements reinforced with metal, and plastic wheel and pinions pivoting in holes formed in the plastic of the frame elements. The plastic frame elements are separated into portions corresponding to the functional timepiece portions. Exposed areas of the reinforcing metal provide reference locations in molding the frame elements and for component mounting. The entire timepiece is assembled from one side of a base frame element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 1981
    Date of Patent: January 29, 1985
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Suwa Seikosha
    Inventors: Tomio Ota, Mamoru Miyasaka, Imao Hiraga
  • Patent number: 4440505
    Abstract: The watch case comprises, notably, a case band 1, a crystal 14 and a back 5 detachably mounted on the case band and a caging ring 6 assuring the positioning of a movement 22 in the case. The case band 1 has an upper opening 2 designed to be sealed by the crystal and a smaller-sized lower opening 3 defined by a projection 7 radially extending inward to its lower part. The caging ring 6 has an upper portion 10 and a lower portion 11 containing outer surfaces 12, 13, the dimensions of which correspond respectively to those of the upper opening 2 and lower opening 3 of the case band 1, the ring 6 being insertable in the latter through its upper opening before mounting of the crystal and placed so that its lower portion 11 is engaged in the lower opening 3 of the case band 1. The back 5 is held against the lower surface 8 of the projection 7 of the case band by means of set screws 9, tightening of which assures the locking of the caging ring 6 in the case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 1982
    Date of Patent: April 3, 1984
    Assignee: Montres Rado S.A.
    Inventor: Paul Gogniat
  • Patent number: 4396298
    Abstract: A case is disclosed for containing an electronic watch module of the type having a display face and internal function switches manually operable by means of externally protruding depressible control buttons. The case includes a base component defining an open cavity for receiving the watch module, and a cover component with a window. Fasteners are employed to assemble the cover component to the base component at a position overlying the watch module, with the module display face visible through the cover window. Access openings in the assembled combination of the base and cover components are aligned with the module control buttons, and a spring is interposed between the module and the base component to resiliently urge the module into a fixed position within the case. The control buttons are concealed behind depressible spring contact sections which protrude outwardly through the access openings to provide a neat decorative appearance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 1981
    Date of Patent: August 2, 1983
    Assignee: Textron, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard Ripley
  • Patent number: 4378957
    Abstract: The reduction gear of an electronic wristwatch comprises three concentric output shafts adapted to be rotated at different speeds and operatively connected with each other and with the shaft of a stepping motor through gear wheels. A shaft making one revolution per hour has mounted thereon a friction wheel and a bearing means made in the form of a supporting bush press fitted in a bore of the plate of the wristwatch. The bush is mounted so that a portion thereof projects from the plate toward the bridge of the wristwatch, coordinated with respect to the plate and attached thereto by threaded means. The shaft passes freely through a bore in the supporting bush and is restricted from an unlimited axial displacement in one direction by an end face of the supporting bush, and in the other direction by the end face of that pinion which is mounted on the shaft with interference fit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 1980
    Date of Patent: April 5, 1983
    Inventors: Daniel D. Malkin, Alexei V. Simbirtsev, Boris A. Peredkov, Gennady A. Kruglov
  • Patent number: 4281406
    Abstract: The invention relates to a thin water-proof timepiece case designed for digital electronic timepieces which employ panel-type display device such as liquid crystal display device. A glass cover, a panel cover which conceals the periphery of the display panel, and a coupling member for anchoring the screw on the back surface of the panel cover, are formed as a unitary structure. The glass cover and the case are water-tightly coupled together by the coupling member and a screw member which penetrates through the case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 1979
    Date of Patent: July 28, 1981
    Assignee: Citizen Watch Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Eiichiro Tanaka
  • Patent number: 4276634
    Abstract: A clock is disclosed comprising a housing which includes mounts for supporting clockhands, and a clockwork for driving the hands. The clock also includes a motor, an electronic circuitry for conducting electrical power to the motor, and a circuit board. The motor includes a coil, a stator, and a rotor. The circuit board includes means for carrying the electronic circuitry, coil and stator externally of the housing to form a pre-assembled module which can be pushed into the housing into contact with respective retaining parts on the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 1979
    Date of Patent: June 30, 1981
    Assignee: Gebruder Junghans GmbH
    Inventors: Friedrich Assmus, Hans Flaig, Robert Wolber, Roland Maurer
  • Patent number: 4263667
    Abstract: A drive arrangement within a small electric instrument, especially a battery-operated electronic clock, includes a circuit board. Mounted on the circuit board, in addition to the electronic circuitry, are at least the static components of a motor which can be mounted on the circuit board prior to its installation. The circuit board and such static components can thus be inserted as a unit into the clock housing and into suitably designed receiving elements. The receiving elements position the circuit board, as well as the components arranged thereon, into the proper locational relation to the other parts of the motor or clock. The circuit board is held in place after its insertion into the housing by a battery contact spring which is designed in the form of a knife-edged contact and which presses laterally against the circuit board, thus holding the board in its inserted position without the need for additional fastening means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 1979
    Date of Patent: April 21, 1981
    Assignee: Gebruder Junghans GmbH
    Inventors: Robert Wolber, Roland Maurer, Peter Jesse
  • Patent number: 4241442
    Abstract: A novel construction is provided for a timepiece of the type having a shaped (or non-circular) case and crystal in conjunction with a circular caseback. The construction typically includes a shaped case having a shaped recess in one side and a circular aperture in the other side with a central cylindrical bore therebetween. The bottom of the shaped recess is formed by the intersection of the recess and cylindrical bore and is in the form of an annular shoulder having a non-circular outer periphery and a circular inner periphery providing a central opening in the recess bottom. Supported in the cylindrical bore and visible through the central opening in the bottom of the recess is a circular dial plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 1979
    Date of Patent: December 23, 1980
    Assignee: Timex Corporation
    Inventor: Raymond J. Grohoski
  • 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
  • Patent number: 4204396
    Abstract: An improved shock absorber for a watch movement and a method of making the same. The watch has a molded casing and a movement with a molded baseplate. A plurality of shock absorbers permanently mount the movement in the casing. Each shock absorber has a first portion molded in the watch casing, a second portion molded in baseplate of the watch movement, and an elastically deformable shock absorber connecting portion extending between the first portion and the second portion free of the casing and the baseplate. The method includes molding the first portion in the casing and molding the second portion in the baseplate with the connecting portion free of the baseplate and casing and the baseplate and casing free from one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 1978
    Date of Patent: May 27, 1980
    Assignee: Ebauches S.A.
    Inventor: Jean-Luc Breguet
  • Patent number: 4201040
    Abstract: A watch movement construction, in which a circuit board is mounted on one surface of a base plate and has a cutout formed at a position near an outer circumference of the movement construction to accommodate a battery in a position such that a circumferential periphery of the battery is partially aligned with the outer circumference of the movement construction whereas a calendar display member is disposed between another surface of the base plate and a time dial at a position displaced from a central portion of the base plate so that a line passing through a center of the battery, a center of the base plate and a center of the calendar display member makes an obtuse angle whereby the calendar display member and the battery are substantially not in an overlapping state thereby to reduce the thickness of the movement construction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 1978
    Date of Patent: May 6, 1980
    Assignee: Citizen Watch Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yasuaki Nakayama