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Publication numberUS3375958 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateApr 2, 1968
Filing dateMar 30, 1967
Priority dateMar 30, 1967
Publication numberUS 3375958 A, US 3375958A, US-A-3375958, US3375958 A, US3375958A
InventorsCooper Henry N
Original AssigneeHenry N. Cooper
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Adapter for wrist watch
US 3375958 A
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A ril 2, 1968 H. N. COOPER ADAPTER FOR WRIST WATCH Filed March 30, 1967 HENRY /V. COOPER INVENTOR ATTORNEY United States Patent Ofitice 3,375,958 Patented Apr. 2, 1968 3,375,958 ADAPTER FOR WRIST WATCH Henry N. Cooper, 16 Cross Keys Road, Baltimore, Md. 21210 Filed Mar. 30, 1967, Ser. No. 627,011 3 Claims. (Cl. 224-4) ABSTRACT OF THE DISCLOSURE An adapter for use with a wrist watch is disclosed permitting the watch to be worn on the edge of the wrist. Not only is the wearer able to view the dial more conveniently s positioned but the danger of accident to the crystal is markedly reduced. In essence, the adapter consists of a flat mesa or base upon the top surface of which the watch is placed. Upturned tabs at the ends of the base enter the spaces between the ends of the band and the watch case. Bendable curved side or end portions can be tailored to the contour of the wearers wrist and thus hold the watch in the desired position secured only by the normal strap.

This invention relates generally to a Wrist watch mounting device, and more particularly it pertains to an adapter which applied to a wrist watch permits it to be worn at the edge rather than the flat of the wrist.

It has been recognized that a watch worn on the flat of the wrist in an exposed position is particularly susceptible to injury to the crystal. Some individuals for this reason wear their watches on the inside flat of the wrist. In either case the wrist must be rotated in order to read the time.

It is an object of this invention to provide an adapter which converts the generally flat back of a wrist watch to an arcuate contour suitable for positioning on the Wrist edge of a wearer.

Another object of this invention is to provide a readily attached conforming mounting for optionally changing the wearing position of a wrist Watch from the flat of the Wrist to the side thereof and positively positioning it at an attitude for easy reading.

Other objects and attendant advantages of this invention will become more readily apparent and understood from the following detailed specification and single sheet of accompanying drawing in which:

FIG. 1 is a perspective view of a novel adapter mounting for a wrist watch incorporating features of this invention showing the application thereof to a wrist watch; and

FIG. 2 depicts the assembled watch and adapter mounting as worn on the side of the wrist.

Referring to the drawing in detail, reference numeral indicates the adapter mounting, generally. This adapter mounting 10', made from metal sheet, consists of a flat central portion 12 having a span equal to the length of the case of a wrist watch 18. The terminal ends of the portion 12 are upturned tabs 14 of a width less than the spacing of the watch band lugs 20. At both sides of the central portion 12, curved legs '16 are formed from the sheet by stamping or lancing.

When a wrist watch 18 having a strap or band 22 is positioned over the adapter 10* as shown in FIG. 1 and brought in contact therewith as shown in FIG. 2, the tabs 14 enter the space 26 between the ends of band 22 and the watch case. This securely holds the watch 18 from end and side movement on the inner edge 30 of the wrist 20'. The band 22 can pivot sharply on the band pins 24 so as to come in conformity with the curvature of the legs '16 and extend comfortably along the flats and around the outer edge of the wrist 28.

The adapter is preferably made of metal, plastic, or other material of a thickness and malleability to facilitate ready adjustment manually to the contour of the wearers wrist in the desired position, and to retain such position requiring only minor, occasional, manual adjustment.

It is also within the scope of this invention to modify the construction related by extending the fiat central portion 12 in a curved manner beyond the tabs 12 to serve as single legs on each end instead of a pair of legs 16. The tabs 14 are in this case formed by a lancing op eration.

Obviously many modifications and variations of the present invention are possible in light of the above teachings. It is, therefore, to be understood that within the scope of the appended claims the invention may be practiced otherwise than as specifically described.

What is claimed is:

1. A wrist watch mounting device, comprising, structure defining a substantially flat central base, with said base having terminal ends of tabs upturned substantially transversely to said base, with said tabs to mate with the curvature of a wrist watch case, and downwardly curved legs arranged parallel to said central base and attached thereto by narrow bridge Widths at the central part of said flat central base, with said legs being formed of sufiiciently yieldable material to bend to the curvature of the side of the wrist of a user.

2. A wrist watch mounting device as recited in claim 1, wherein the width of said upturned tabs is less than the spacing of the band lugs of a wrist watch.

3. A wrist watch mounting device as recited in claim 1, wherein said flat central base has a span equal to the length of a wrist watch case.

References Cited UNITED STATES PATENTS 1,961,346 6/1934 Bieger. 2,482,660 9/ 1949 Dewey. 2,745,580 5/1956 Ward.

FOREIGN PATENTS 423,470 2/ 1935 Great Britain.

GERALD M. FORLENZA, Primary Examiner.

R. BALLANTYNE, Assistant Examiner.

Patent Citations
Cited PatentFiling datePublication dateApplicantTitle
US1961346 *Dec 18, 1931Jun 5, 1934United Shoe Machinery CorpInsole
US2482660 *Nov 12, 1946Sep 20, 1949Dewey Charles H AWrist watch band
US2745580 *Oct 15, 1951May 15, 1956G A WardProtective guard for wrist watches
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Referenced by
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US5068840 *Oct 10, 1989Nov 26, 1991Buckner John HPilot's wrist mount for carrying a timpepiece or the like vertically on the radial aspect of the wrist
US8870448 *Mar 27, 2012Oct 28, 2014Rolex S.A.Bracelet with comfort pad
US20120250471 *Mar 27, 2012Oct 4, 2012Rolex S.A.Bracelet with comfort pad
CN105451593A *Aug 14, 2014Mar 30, 2016VB帕西班Ergonomic wristband with device support means
Classifications
U.S. Classification224/171
International ClassificationA44C5/00, A44C5/14
Cooperative ClassificationA44C5/14
European ClassificationA44C5/14