US 2582473 A
Description (OCR text may contain errors)
Jan. 15, 1952 L E 2,582,473
TRANSPARENT WATCH PROTECTOR Filed Nov. 8, 1946 Gamma Bzwsf-rr BY 9 7551". I
AME/V53 Patented Jan. 15, 1952 UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE TRANSPARENT WATCH PROTECTOR Gerald Beliert, Brooklyn, N. Y.
Application November 8, 1946, Serial No. 708,582
1 Claim. 1
The present invention relates to a watch protector and refers more particularly to a transparent protector of the type adapted to cover the top, sides and ends of a wrist watch.
An object of the present invention is to provide a watch protector of simple design.
A further object is to provide a protector which will be light in weight and compact in shape.
A still further object is to provide a protector which will be cool to wear, having minimum contact with the skin of the wearer.
Another object is to provide a substantially rigid protector of molded transparent plastic material and of integral construction.
Still another object is to provide a protector which is easily applied to the watch band of a wrist watch and easily removed therefrom.
Another and further object is to provide various means of attaching the protector to the watch band, suited to the various types of watch bands.
In accomplishing the objects of the present invention, the protector is molded of transparent plastic in homogeneous, integral construction, and shaped to cover the face, sides and ends of the watch and to engage the watch band. In one form of the invention, the watch band is engaged by internally extending flanges engaging the under surface thereof from both sides. In a second form of the invention, suitable for bands which are not flexible across their width, a single arm passes down from one side of the protector and under the watch band and up again. In a third form of the invention,'internally extending flanges engaging the under surface of the watch band from both sides are pivotally connected to the watch protector and spring actuated so as to form adjustable clamps, permitting attachment and removal'of the protector while the watch is being worn on the wrist.
Still another form of the invention provides means which are self-adjusting relative to proper engagement with watch bands of differing widths.
For further comprehension of the invention, and of the objects and advantages thereof, reference will be had to the following description and accompanying drawings, and to the appended claim in which the various novel features of the invention are more particularly set .forth.
In the accompanying drawings forming a material part of this disclosure:
Fig. l is a perspective view of the preferred form of the invention.
Fig. 2 is a top plan view thereof.
Fig. 3 is a bottom plan view thereof.
Fig. 4 is a section on the line 4-4 of Fig. 1.
Fig. 5 is a section on the line 5-5 of Fig. 2.
Fig. 6 is an end elevation of a modified form of the invention.
Fig. 7 is a perspective view of another form of the invention.
Fig. 8 is a longitudinal vertical section thereof.
Fig. 9 is a section on the line 8-9 of Fig. 8.
Fig. 10 is a top plan view, partially broken away and partially in section, of a further modification.
Fig. 11 shows in perspective on a slightly enlarged scale one of two like parts illustrated in Fig. 10.
Referring now in detail to the drawings and first to Figs. 1 through 5, the watch protector III comprises the body I I which is preferably formed of one piece of molded, rigid, transparent plastic material as illustrated. Body II comprises the top portion I2 adapted to extend across the face of the wrist watch I3, side portions I4 and end portions I5. Extending inwardly from the lower portions of end portions I5 are the flanges I6 adapted to engage the under surface of the watch band ll of watch I3. A completely flexible watch band H such as of leather or cloth may be bent laterally so as to enter the mouth I 8 between flanges IIi so that the watch and band are held in protector III, as seen in Figs. 4 and 5. Protector I0 is open all across and along the bottom of body I I.
A second form of the invention, suitable for use with watch bands which are not flexible laterally, such as bands of sheet metal or of laterally extending rigid links, is illustrated in Fig. 6. In this protector 20, the body 2I has a top portion 22, side portions 2| integral therewith and end portions 25 also integral therewith, the whole protector 20 being of rigid transparent material. Extending downwardly from one side of end por-- tion 25 and integral therewith is the hook member 26, which further comprises the laterally extending portion 21 and upwardly extending portion 28. Protector 20 is slid on the watch band sidewise, the mouth 29 permitting passage of the watch band, and the upward extending portion 28 serving to prevent lateral motion between protector 20 and the watch band.
The extending portions 28 are located at opposite sides of the two end portions 25 so as to permit the engagement of the watch band at the opposite mouth openings 29 of the protector 20.
The further modification of the protector 30, shown in Figs. 7 to 9, may be applied and removed while the wrist watch is being worn. Protector 30 comprises the body 3| (Fig. 7) having a top portion 32, side portions 34 and end portions 35. Pivotally connected to the end portions 35 of body 3| are the flange members 36 which extend downward and then inward. Spring means 31 urge flange members 36 to rock inward of protector 3|] so that at all times they tend to resiliently engage a watch band inserted therein. It will be noted that spring means 31 comprises two like spring elements, each of which is an ordinarycylindrical coil spring having an axial projection 31 at one end and a projection 31 at its other end with a line of extension perpendicular to the line of extension of projection 31. Projection 31 is squared, as 'by swedging die, following making of the spring. An aligned pair of these spring elements are'nested in a tunnel 35' carried at each free end of an end portion 35 of the protector. At each end of the protector, the flange members 36 are keyed on their springs by way. of projections 31 while projections :31 are set in-a common mounting constituted by a single aperture through the bottom wall of the tunnel. Removalcf the watch band, by :pinching it laterally so that flanges 36 at one end of protector 30 are disengaged therefrom, permits the protector 30 to be moved pivotally around flanges 36 at the other end thereof for easier removal.
Still .a further modification of the protector is shown in Figs. and 11, in which the engagingmeans for thewatch .bandis self-adjustable to take watch bands of different widths. The protector 40 comprises a top portion 4!, side-portions -42,andapair-of similar endportions one of which is shown at 43. .These end portions have depending side walls 44, andas here shown said walls-are parallel rather than downwardly diverged: as equivalents are arranged in Fig. 1, and. equivalents of the flanges 16 of Fig. 1 are not fixed on the protector. .Such equivalents are present,'however,being carried by added resilient members 45, of thin sheet :material. They may be made as metal stampings, but preferably are molded from a plastic having the requisite inherent elasticity. Each of the members v45, as shown best inFig. 11, is. a unitary piece comprising a main strip-portion 46 carrying upper and lower offset tabs 41 and 48. One of the tabs .is directly above the other, and both are extended perpendicularly from the same side of the strip-portion near the end of the latter remote from its end where pierced at 49. At the end of the strip-portion adjacent to its said tabs, the same is slightly curled away from the tab carrying side of the strip-portion. Two like members 45 are mounted 'ineach of the two end portions of the protector, as shown in the case ofthe end portion 43 seen in Fig. 10. Each of said-members is;thus secured in place in any suitableway,-.as by a rivet 50,. The two'tabs of the two-members provide a yieldable'skeletal receptor for the watch band where extended between the members. Each pair of tabs on a member 45 engages one side of the watch band. The tabs 48 thus perform the same functions as the flanges IS. The members 45 are made to have a resilient set such that, when they are attached to the interior of the protector, they are normally sprung in toward each other to a degree of separation slightly less than the width of the narrowest watch band commonly encountered.
While I have illustrated and described the preferred embodiments of my invention, it is to be understood that I do not limit myself to the precise constructions herein disclosed and the right is reserved to all changes and modifications coming within the scope of the invention as defined in the appended claim.
Having thus described my invention, what I claim as new, and desire to secure by United States Letters Patent is:
A watch protector for use with a wrist watch having wrist. engaging strap sections connected thereto and extending diametrically from opposite sides thereof, comprising a one-piece transparent body having a portion overlying the face of the watch and integral elongated strap overlying portions extending from opposite sides thereof, side portions on said body enclosing the watch, the strap and watch connecting means and a considerable portion of the outwardly extending strap sections adjacent thereto, and means at the free end portions of said strap overlying portion and engaging with the wrist engaging strap sections mounting said transparent body in position over the watch, so constructed and arranged that said protector can be detached from the wrist engaging strap sections without removal of the watch from the wrist, said strap section engaging means comprising a pair of flange members pivotally connected to said free endportions and extending downwardly and inwardly therefrom, to surround the strap sections considerably beyond the watch and strap connecting means, and spring means connecting said flanges and said free end portions so as to resiliently bias said flanges downwardly and inwardly to engage the strap sections.
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