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Publication numberUS1871896 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateAug 16, 1932
Filing dateMay 21, 1928
Priority dateMay 21, 1928
Publication numberUS 1871896 A, US 1871896A, US-A-1871896, US1871896 A, US1871896A
InventorsManheimer Arthur E
Original AssigneeManheimer Watch Company
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Wrist watch
US 1871896 A
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Aug. 16, 1932. A. E. MANHEIMER WRIST WATCH Filed May 2l, 1928 g vA\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\m D!" CZfMz/m, han/wma' Zgs Patented Aug. 16, 1932 UNITED STATES ARTI-IUE E. MANHEIMER, OF CHICAGO, ILLINOIS, .ASSIGNOR TO IVIANHEIMER WATCH COMPANY, OF CHICAGO, ILLINOIS, A CORPORATION OF ILLINOIS j WRIST Application led May 21,

rlhis invention relates to improvements in wrist watches and the like, of the type commonly secured to the wrist, ankle, or other appropriate portion of the body of a wearer, by means of a bracelet or the like, formed of metal, leather, or any desirable material. The invention relates more particularly to improved means for attaching a bracelet to the case of a watch of this character.

In the past, many and varied means have been employed for the securement of a bracelet, strap, or band to a watch case, and though these means have been effective in holding the respective parts properly united, yet they have proven objectionable, in most instances, due to the fact that they detracted materially from the appearance of the combined watch a-nd bracelet. Heretofore, it has been common practice to provide lugs projecting from the watch case in an unsightly manner, to which the ends of the bracelet are secured, or

provide other means engageable with a watchv come the above noted defects and objections in the provision of means for securing a bracelet to al watch case in such a manner that the bracelet ends are shielded and protected and the securing mea-ns are substantially invisible.

The present invention also seeks to provide means for attaching a bracelet to a watch case so as to give a resulting appearance as though the bracelet passed entirely through the watch case itself, the securing means being substantially invisible.

A further object of the present invention is to provide means for easily and readily WATCH 1928. Serial No. 279,386.

attaching a bracelet t a watch case with no resulting injury to the bracelet or case.

A still further object of the present invention is to provide means for attaching a `bracelet to a watch case, in such a manner, that the exposed portions of the means form substantially a part of the case itself and may be embellished or engraved to conform with the guring on the case.

A still further object of the present ,invenf tion is to provide means for attaching a bracelet tota watch case, which means eliminate the needl of any parts whatsoever projecting from the watchcase.

While some of the more salient features, characteristics, and advantages, of the means embodying the present invention have been above pointed out, others will become apparent from the following disclosures.

The invention includes these and other features of construction andcombinations of parts hereinafter described, and shown in a preferred form in the drawing, as more particularly indicated by the claims.

On the drawing:

Figure l is a fragmentary plan View of a watch with a bracelet attached thereto by means embodying the principles of the present invention. l l

Figure 2 is an enlarged fragmentary side view of a portion of the structureV shown in Figure l, taken substantially as indicated by the lineII-II of Figure 1.

Figure 3 is an enlarged fragmentary plan sectional view, with parts in elevation, taken along the line III-III of Figure 2.

Figure 4 is a fragmentary sectional view taken substantially as indicatedv by line IV-IV of Figure 3. i

Figure 5 is a view similar to Figure 4, taken substantially along line V-V of Figure 3.

Figure 6 is an enlarged sectional view, with parts in elevation, taken substantially along line VI-VI of Figure l.

Figure 7 is a view similar to Figure 3, showing a slightly diiferent form of the present'invention. 1

Figure 8is a fragmentary sectional view adjacent each 4Vend thereof, the restricted throat ofthe slot beingdisposed outwardly. The inner ends of .the strap 5 are each pro- Y vided With an integral loop 7 which .loops are '930,'.

`improved means as will later appear. At the i outset, iti `is-to be clearly understood that although a leather strap is shown toillustrate a preferred form of the invention,- the invention is equally adaptable `Yforthe attachment of any form of bracelet or metallic band tothe Watch case 2, and herein and in the appendedfclaims the term strap and the showingzthereofgin:the drawing is-to be construed as being of any' desirable material.

Since bothends of the strap 5 are secured tov the Watch case in ident-ical manner,the construction centered around one end only Awill be described herein.` The body part of the Watch case 2 is provided, in this instance, With la transversely extending hey hole slot 6 slideeble Within the slots 6, the strap proper adjacent .the loops substantially filling the n restricted throats vof the slots, therebyfgiving the appearance, as clearly shown `in Figures i l andQ, of the strap passing` entirelythrough the Watch case itself. i

It is tol be noted that the loop 7 on an end of the strap 5, is entirely sufficient to retain fthe strap in positiveengagement with the Watch case, and, especially Whena metal.,l h

pin is omitted, the plug l5 corresponding,

bracelet is used, no further securingmeans are necessary With the single exception of means to prevent longitudinal movement of v,the loop. However, When .the strap isfmade' of extremely fine leather, fabric,ror similar material, it has been lfound-desirable to somewhat reinforce the loop so as to eliminate ex- H4cessive Wearfthereon, and, in the present instance, this is accomplished by the'passingof Y ,apln 8 through theloop, the inner, end of the Vv,pin resting ina reduced recess 9 at the termination of the keyhole Vslote. Since the t key holeI slot 6 terminates; adistance from thel opposite side of the case-2, the pin 8 is :pro-

vided Witha head lO ofadiametersubstantially that of the loop 7 vand of a length equal tothe aforesaid distance, for the purpose of properly centering the strap with respect to the side edges of the case. The head lOslides ninto the key hole slot V6 so that the end thereof isf flush with the casing edge as shown more clearly lin Figures 2 and, and this end may be embossed or engraved to correspond With thev figuring on the case.

A tongue-like portion 1l is formed integralv with .the head1() and extends Withinthe restricted throat of the key hole slot, the outer edge of the tongue ll, of course, being finished in conformity with the respective edge of the casing. The head 10 is notched, as at 12, to provide a shoulder 13 Which is engaged by the bezel 4 of the case 2, this engage- ;-inent preventing rotative or longitudinal movement of the head l0 and pin 8, whereby the strap is positively secured to the Watch Y To separate tliestrap from the case it i simply necessary to remove the bezel 4, grip "the strap adjacent the case and slide the same the key hole slot, and snap the bezel into place. '[t-vvillbe apparent from the foregoing, that-the only portions of the securing means which are visible, are the outer edge of the tongue l1 and the top of the head l0, but

ythese portions being finished in accordance vvith the Watch case itself Which gives the resulting effect of invisibility to the securing means.

ln lFigures 7 and 8, I have shown a slightly different form of construction which is especijally` adaptable for use with a metal bracelet In some instances, it may prove more economical to `provide a metal bracelet with a solid cylindrical portion i4 integral therewith,

vrather than with a loop. l/Vith this structure, or as hereinbefore stated, With a fairly rigid `loop, the 1pm 8 is not essential.` However, to

provide a finished appearance and to properly center/the strap, aplug l5 is utilized When the in all respects, to the head l0 of the pin which was previously described herein.

Itis to be noted that in the event a Watch is to be Worn as a pendant or the like, a

sautoir or similar suspension may be joined With the Watch case in the manner previously described herein for a strap.

From the foregoing, it is apparent that I have provided novel and easily operable means for securing a strap, bracelet, band, or similar attachment device, to a Watch case, wherein the ineansand strap ends are effectively concealed and protected, leaving no projecting parts to detract from the general appearance of the Watch and bracelet. Moreover, the means. disclosed herein are positive in their action, durable, and may be economically manufactured.V

I am aware that Vmany changes may be made and numerousI details of construction may be varied through a Wide range Without departing from the principles of this invention and I, therefore, do not purpose limiting they patent granted liereon otherf YWisetthannecessitated by the prior art.

I claim as my invention:

l. In combination, a watch case including' a bezel, said case having slots in opposed edges thereof for receiving the ends of a strap, and means engageable in said slots for retaining said ends therein, said bezel engaging said means to prevent movement of the latter.

2. In combination, a watch case including a cover and having a pair of opposed slots therein, a strap for said ycase and having means for securing said strap to said case by engagement in said slots, and means engageable by the cover of said case for maintaining said strap in centralized position with respect to said case.

3. In combination, a watch case including a cover and having a constricted slot adjacent each of a pair of opposed edges thereof, a pair of strap segments, each segment having a loop on an end thereof, a pin for insertion in each of said loops, each of said loops with the pin therein being insertable simultaneously in one of said slots, and an enlarged head on each of said pins provided with a. shoulder engageable by the cover of said case.

4. In a device of the class described, a watch including a body, a cover therefor, said body having a slot, a strap having a portion disposed in said slot, means for preventing removal of said portion from said slot, said means being engageable with the inside portion of said cover, whereby the latter prevents removal of said means.

5. In a device of the class described, a watch body having a recess, a strap having one end in said recess, a cover for said body and having a portion projecting into said recess, and means for preventing removal of said strap, said means being disposed in said recess and between the strap and the projecting portion, whereby said portion prevents removal of said means.

6. In a device of the class described, a watch body having a recess, a strap having one end in said recess, a cover on the body, and means interlocked with said strap to prevent withdrawal thereof, said means being also interlocked with said cover, whereby the latter prevents undesired removal of said means.

7. In a device of the class described, a watch body having a recess, astrap having an end in said recess, a cover on said body and restricting said recess, and means for preventing withdrawal of the strap, said means occupying unrestricted and restricted portions of said recess, whereby withdrawal of said means is prevented.

8. In a device of the class described, a body having a recess provided with an ope-n end, a strap having an end insertable through said open end into said recess, means for preventing removal of said strap end from said recess, said means comprising a plug having' an outer rabbeted portion, and a cover for said body, said cover projecting into said rabbeted portion to prevent removal of the plug.

9. In a device of the class described, a body having a recess open along one side and an end, said side being restricted, a strap having an enlarged end in said recess, and a cover on said body and projecting into the open end of said recess to prevent removal of the st-rap end therefrom.

l0. In a device of the class described, a watch body, a cover therefor, said body having a recess open at one end, a strap having an end disposed in said recess, and means to prevent withdrawal of said strap end from said recess, ysaid means comprising a plug insertable into the open end of said recess and provided with an outwardly facing shoulder, said cover being engaged with said shoulder to prevent removal of the plug, said body and plug including means to facilitate the positioning of said plug for engagement of its shoulder by said cover.

l1. In a device of the class described, a watch body having a longitudinal slot provided with a constricted throat, a fastener for said watch, said fastener fitting in said throat and having an end disposed in said slot and of greater transverse dimension than said throat, whereby said body and fastener are interlocled, and means removably carried by said body for maintaining said body and fastener against undesired separation.

l2. In a device of the class described, a watch body having a longitudinal slot provided with a constricted throat, a fastener for said watch, said fastener fitting in said throat and having an end disposed in said slot and of greater transverse dimension than said throat, and means including a portion spaced from the wall of said slot by said end for maintaining said body and fastener against undesired separation.

13. In a device of the class described, a watch body having a slot provided with a constricted throat, a strap doubled over itself, and means intermediate the inner extremity of the bight and said throat for preventing removal of said bight through said throat.

14. In a device of the class described, a watch body having a slot provided with a constricted throat, a strap doubled over itself, and means intermediate the inner extremity of the bight and said throat for preventing removal of said bi ght through said throat, said throat constituting means with respect to which said strap may be flexed.

l5. In a device of the class described, a watch body having a slot provided with a constricted throat, a strap doubled over itself, and means intermediate the inner extremity of the bight and said throat for preventing removal of said bight through said throat,

said means comprisinga pin for maintaining theportions of the strap adjacent the bight in spaced relationship.

16. In a device of` the class described, a Watch body having a slot provided With a constricted throat, a strap doubled over itself, and means for enlarging said bight to prevent removal of said bight through said throat. i

17. In a device 0I" the class described, a Watch body having a slot provided With a constricted throat, a strap having an end in the form of a loop disposed in and completely concealed by said body adjacent said slot, and meansfor preventing Withdrawal of the loopy through said throat.

18. In a device of the class described, a Watch body having a slot provided with a constricted throat, a strap having an end doubled upon itself and removable from the slot through said throat, and means for enlarging said end to prevent its reinovalrfrom the slot throughsaid throat, said body completely concealing the end thus enlarged.

In testimony whereof, I have hereunto subscribed my name at Chicago, Cook County, Illinois.

ARTHUR E. MANHEIMER.v

Classifications
U.S. Classification368/282, 206/38, 968/359
International ClassificationG04B37/14
Cooperative ClassificationG04B37/1486
European ClassificationG04B37/14F