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Sept. H 1949. R. J. PENFOLD WRIST wma BAND Filed Jan. 13, 1947 INVEIV TOR. ROBERT J. PEN FOLD BY @WKW Patented Sept. 13, 1949 UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE WRIST WATCH BAND Robert J. Penfold, Pasadena, Calif.
Application January 13, 1947, Serial No. 721,753
This invention relates generally to jewelry and more particularly to bracelets or arm bands, especially those employed to hold watches, compasses and similar instruments on the wrists of the users thereof.
One of the objects of the present invention is to provide an arm or wrist band formed from a plurality of pieces of strip material, such as metal, having means for detachably connecting the same to complete the band, the connections being such as to permit the variation in size of the band to accommodate the wrists of difierent wearers.
Another object of the invention is to provide a wrist band for a watch or the like, formed from strip metal and simulating a strap with a buckle, the band being so constructed that it may be adjusted to fit wrists of various sizes without destroying or radically altering the appearance of the band.
A further object of the invention is to provide a wrist band having a pair of sections one of which has one or more perforations and. the other a tongue at one end for insertion into a perforation in the first, a loop being slidable over the overlapping portions of the sections to prevent the removal of the tongue from the perforation and the separation of the sections.
A still further object of the invention is to provide a wrist band of the type mentioned in the preceding paragraph with a second loop shaped to resemble the buckle of a strap and engaged by the tongue to locate and retain the same, the relation being maintained regardless of the adjustment of the sections to vary the size of the band.
Another object of the invention is to provide a wrist band for watches or the like, composed of a pair of end sections and an intermediate section, there being an adjustable connection between adjoining ends of the intermediate and end sections whereby the band may be adjusted in size without destruction or material alteration of the symmetry thereof.
An object also is to provide a wrist band having a pair of strap-like metallic sections arranged in over-lapping relationship and equipped with interengaging means to prevent relative lateral movement or separation of the sections.
Other objects and advantages of the invention will be apparent from the following description, reference being had to the accompanying drawin wherein a preferred embodiment of the invention has been illustrated in detail.
In the drawing:
Fig. 1 is a perspective view of an arm band or 2 bracelet for a wrist watch formed in accordance with the present invention;
Fig. 2 is a longitudinal sectional view taken through the band on the plane indicated by the line II--II of Fig. 1; and,
Fig. 3 is a roup perspective view of the parts composing the band shown in Fig. 1.
Referring more particularly to the drawing, a complete band is indicated generally by the numeral 20. This band includes a pair of curved end sections 2| and 22 and a curved intermediate section 23, these sections being formed from strip metal or other suitable material. One end of each of sections 2| and 22 is curled upon itself to form a sleeve 24 to receive a pin, not shown, employed to connect a watch 24A, or other instrument, indicated by dotted lines in Fig. 1, to the band.
The opposite end of section 22 and one end of the intermediate section 23 are provided with tongues 25 and 26, respectively, these tongues being bent outwardly from the bodies of the sections. Tongue 25 is slightly longer than tongue 26 and is bent at a point spaced outwardly from the body portion of section 22 to cause the end portion of the tongue 25 to project in the same general direction as the body.
Adjacent their ends, sections 2| and 23 are provided with a plurality of spaced holes 21 for reception of the tongues when the parts of the band are disposed in band-forming relationship, as shown in Figs. 1 and 2.
To retain the sections in assembled order, loop members 28 are slidably received by sections 22 and 23, these loops '28 being slipped over the overlapping ends of adjacent sections when the band is assembled. In assembling the band, or in adjusting the same to vary the size thereof, either or both of the tongues 25 and 26 are inserted in selected openings in the complemental ends of the adjoining sections then the loops 28 are slipped over such ends to prevent undesired separation of the parts.
The appearance of the band is enhanced through the provision of a buckle-simulating device 29 which consists of a somewhat rectangular piece of material with a rectangular opening formed therein. The material is off-set rearwardly at one side 30 to permit the band-forming elements to extend through the opening and yet have the buckle lie in substantially parallel relation to the element. When the sections are assembled to form a wrist band, the buckle member is slipped onto the perforated end of the intermediate section 23 with the off-set side 30 at the back 3 of the section. The member 29 is turned so that it is substantially parallel with member 23 and the side 3| in front of such member is disposed adjacent one of the holes 21.
The tongue 25 of section 22 is inserted into the hole and arranged to overhang the side 3| of member 29. When the loop 28 is slipped over the end of section 23, section 22 will be securely clamped to section 23 and the buckle element will be frictionally secured in place. The rear- Wardly offset portion of the buckle will be clamped between the over-lapped portions of the sections.
Sections 2| and 23 will be similarly assembled to complete the band. It should be obvious that by the selection of different openings in the sections 2| and 23, the size of the band may be varied to suit the particular wearer.
When the band is connected to the watch 24A, it may be opened for receiving the wrist of the wearer by slipping the loop 28 off the perforated end of section 2| which will permit the tongue 25 to be withdrawn from the opening in section 2| and the sections 2| and 23 swung in opposite directions to permit the wrist of the wearer to be inserted. The band may be fastened by reversing the foregoing process. During the steps of applying the band it is not necessary to disturb the position of the buckle 29.
While but a single form of the invention has been illustrated and described it is obvious that many minor changes may be made in the construction shown without departing from the spirit and scope of the invention as set forth in the annexed claims.
What is claimed is:
1. A wrist band for watches comprising, in combination, a plurality of strip-like sections one of which is formed with a group of longitudinally spaced holes adjacent one end; a tongue projecting laterally from one end of another section, said tongue being bent in spaced relation from the section to extend substantially parallel to the body of said section, said tongue being insertable in the holes of the first-mentioned section, the sections being in partially over-lapping relationship when said tongue is disposed in the hole; a member having a side piece disposed between said tongue and the first-mentioned section and a second side piece between the over-lapping portions of said first and second mentioned sections; and a loop member slidable over the over-lapped portions of said sections to prevent separation thereof and the removal of said member.
2. A wrist band for a watch comprising, in combination, a pair of end sections and an intermediate section formed of substantially rigid strip material, said sections being of arcuate form; an outwardly directed tongue at one end of each of a pair of said sections, the complemental ends of adjacent sections being provided with openings for the reception of said tongues, the end portions of adjacent sections over-lapping; loop members disposed for sliding movement on said over-lapped sections to prevent separation thereof; and buckle-simulating means engaged by one of said tongues and retained in place by one of said loop members.
3. A wrist band for a watch comprising a pair of curved strip sections disposed with adjacent ends in over-lapping relationship, the first of such ends having a plurality of openings formed therein; a tongue provided on the second of such over-lapping ends, said tongue extending through one of said openings and substantially parallel to said sections on the opposite side of the first section; an open rectangular buckle-simulating member having one side bar disposed between said tongue and said first section, the opposite side bar of said buckle-simulating member being positioned between said over-lapping section ends; and a loop member slidably positioned around said over-lapped ends to prevent separation thereof.
4. A Wrist band for a watch comprising, in combination, a pair of end sections and an intermediate section, each section being formed from strip material and being of arcuate shape; a sleeve provided at one end of each end section, the opposite ends of said end sections being arranged in over-lapping relationship with the ends of said intermediate section, one of each pair of over-lapping ends being provided with longitudinally spaced openings; a laterally bent tongue projecting from the other of each pair of over-lapping ends, said tongues being disposed in openings in the first-mentioned over-lapping ends; an open rectangular buckle-simulating member having opposed side bars disposed on opposite sides of said intermediate section, one of said tongues overhanging one of the side bars of said buckle member, the other side bar thereof being disposed between a pair of over-lapping ends; and loop members encircling said overlapping ends to prevent separation thereof, one
pair of over-lapping ends being separable without disturbing said buckle-simulating member.
ROBERT J. PENFOLD.
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