US 2513892 A
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y 50 B. D. FILE 2,513,892
WRIST WATCH BAND Filed June 2, 1948 INVENTOR.
. Ben] 5min IL Pile ATTORNEY Patented July 4, 1950 2,513,892 1 WRIST WATCH BAND Benjamin D. Pile, Alexandria, Va. Application June 2 1948. Serial No. 30,633
l The present invention relates to improvements in wrist bands made mainly of resilient material, for use with wrist watches.
The principal objects of the invention are to provide wrist bands which are adjustable for coupling relation with the large majority of mens wrist watches, so that dealers need not stock large ranges of sizes to meet the requirements of most customers whose watches may vary greatly as to spacing of the pintles of the conventional type having spring urged pivots associated with the usual ears extending from the sides of the watch cases, and to provide wrist bands which are durable, comfortable to the wearers, low in cost of manufacture and easily placed on or removed from the wrists of users.
Other objects are to provide wrist bands which, in service, are not appreciably afiected by moisture and body perspiration, being devoid of buckles, leaf or coil springs and othersimilar units, and which prevent watches from'contact with the wearers wrists thereby avoiding the corrosive action of perspiration on the backs ofthe watches.
- Another object is to provide wrist bands having no projections likely to catch on clothing'or otherwise annoy the wearers and which are comparatively safe for use by persons whose occupations may be considered hazardous by reason of Work' ing, forming a part of this specification and in which drawing:
Fig. 1 is a view in perspective of one form of wrist band made according to my invention, the parts being shown in separated relation.
Fig. 2 is a fragmentary view of the inner side of the wrist band, applied to a wrist watch medium size.
7 Fig. 3 is a complete side elevation of the assembly according to Fig. 2.
Fig. 4 is a side elevational view of the wrist band partially coupled to a watch, one of the conventional watch pintles being shown detached and in plan.
Fig. 5 is a fragmentary view similar to Fig. 2
' but showing a modified assembly of wrist band parts suitably for a relatively larger wrist watch.
Fig. 6 is a complete side elevation of the assembly according to Fig. 5.
Fig. 7 is a perspective view of a modified unit of the watch band suitable for use with a watch case having a concave back.
2 Claims. (01. 224-4) 8 is a side elevation similar to Figs. 3 and 6,
" but showing the modified unit of Fig. 7 in use.
Referring first to the form of the invention illustrated in Figs. 2-4 of the drawing a wrist band is shown for use with a mans watch I0 I of medium size, provided with companion laterspectively, having spring urged pivots.
The wrist band comprises a pair of substantially suitable resilient material.
C-shaped, strip-like flexible members I6 and I1 and an intermediate coupling member I 8.
iThe members l6 and I I may be made of any In practice I have found that spring quality stainless steel, desighated as half-hard temper is very satisfactory. Spring brass, plated with precious metal may also be used by way of example. The members [6 I and I! may be products of the same cutting and forming dies, (not shown in the drawing) as is.
obvious from an inspection of Fig. 1. Since spring metal is available in long strips of a width suitable to extend between companion ears II or ill,
. with little play, and having longitudinal margins rounded off so as to present no sharp edges, the members it and ll may be successively cut from lengths of such stock requiring but little treatment to render the band comfortable on the wrist, as hereinafter noted.
Since each of the C-shaped members of a pair may be identical, it suffices to describe the preferred characteristics of one. It comprises a major arcuate portion l9 extending thruout the greater portion of the length of the member, a
1 shown in Fig. l.
watch pintle embracing portion or projection 20 at one end of major portion l9, and a minor coupling portion or tongue 2| to the side of portion 20 opposite portion 19. The portion 20 may be in the form of an outwardly turned loop easily formed by use of the forming die previously referred to and preferably having a pintle receiving cavity 22 provided with a relatively wide mouth 23 open to the concave side of the member, as This arrangement permits a person, when equipping a watch with the band, to thread either the major or the minor portion of one of the C-shaped members between the selected pintle, such as pintle IS in Fig. 4 and the watch case of most watches, without removing the pintle from its bearing in the ears II, and only the other pintle, such as that designated l4, need be removed and replaced to complete the assembly- It is preferred to round ofi the free end of each major arcuate portion H! as shown.
atiai erably in the form of a sleeve of relatively fiat? cross section, constructed and arranged to underlie the back of the watch and to occupy but dgiacentto but spaced from one end of the member little space between the watch and wristof the user. As shown it may be made from sheet metal, such as stainless steel which need not be resilient, and comprises a bottom plate portion 26, longitudinally extending side walls 21 and top flanges '23 extending in angular relationto' the side walls in a plane parallel to the plane of portion 23, the flanges it abutting one another along the line 29; The sleeve, in the form of inwith the tongues 24 of members it and ll each of a length approximately seven-sixteenths of in the same plane, when the band is applied to a mans watch of small size with fairly close spacing of the parallel pintles thereof, such as a spacing of one and one-quarter inches between the axes of the pintles. The same units may be used with a mans watch of medium size, such as where the spacingbetween the axes may be one and one-half of an inch or more or less.
If the span between the pintles is rather great, such as with a stop watch 323, shown in Figs. 5 and 6, where the spacebe'tween axes of the pintles 3|" maybe one and one half inches or even greater,
a relatively longer coupling member 32 may be provided, say for example one and one-eighth inches in length. However with this longer coupling member the same size C-shaped members it and l'lmay be used.
In Figs. 7 and 8 I have shown a further modi: fied form of intermediate coupling member designated 33, which is arcuated longitudinally for use with a curved or concavo-convex Watch (M shown in Fig. 8, to conform to the concave back of the watch case. The c-shaped members It and I! may be made of suitable gauge of material such that the tongues 2! thereof need not be initially curved t'o fit the sleeve. 33, but will assume a curved condition as they are forced into the sleeve.
These various forms and sizes of intermediate coupling members are preferably'made of small gauge metal, somewhat exaggerated in the draw iiigs for clarity and the flanges 28 are spaced from the bottom plate portion '26 a distance sub stantially equal to the thickness or gauge or the material from which the tongues 21 are formed and the space between'the walls 21 is substantially equal to the width of the tongues so that ther is a snug fit between the tongues.
and member it, that is, the closest fit which can be assembled by hand, so there is no perceptible shake.
1. A band for supporting a, wrist watch of the type having two parallel end pintles, on the wearers wrist, comprising a pair of substantially G-shaped members, each of said members formed froma continuous strip of flexible, material throughout its length and having a loop turned outwardly at its convex side providing a cavity having a relatively wide mouth open to the con- ,cave side and edges of the strip for receiving a selected pintle of the watch, said loop located adproviding a tongue between said end and the loop, said members arranged with their concavities confronting one another and the free ends of their tongues confronting one another, and a sleeve of relatively fiat cross section telescopically receiving and embracing said tongues.
with snug fit between the tongues and sleeve, whereby one of the c-shapedmembers may be threaded between the watch bodyandone of the pintles, without removing the utter; from the watch body, until the selected pintle is disposed in the wide mouthed cavity of the loop thereof. and subsequently the sleeve assembled on the 1 tongue of the last mentioned Q-sha'ped member. an inch, the tongues will fit in the companion sleeve or intermediate coupling member l8, lying' the tongue of the other C-shapedmemberas'seme. bled onrth'e sleeve, and last mentioned c-snaped memberdi's posed with the cavity of its loop ie-. ceiving the other watch pintle.
-ih 1}l,band for supporting a watch, having.
parallel end pintles, on "the wearers wrist, coin-1 prising a pair of substantially C-shaped, striplike,v flexible members, each provided with an outwardly turned loop for engagement about a selected pintle of the watch, said loop located adjacent to but spaced from one end of the eme ber providing a tongue between said end andthe loop, said members arranged with their concavities confronting one another and the free ends of their tongues confronting one another,
and an elongated sleeve arcuated longitudinally and of relatively fiat cross-section to underlie, the back of the watchbetween the zones, of said pintles-, said sleeve telescopically receiving and embracing said tongues with snug fit between thetongues and sleeve, whereby thedistance between said loops-may be adjusted, to suit the, pintle spacing of the watch, by relative movement of the C-shaped members. with respect to said sleeve. 7 I BENJAMIN D. PILEL'.
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