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Publication numberUS3841848 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateOct 15, 1974
Filing dateMar 15, 1973
Priority dateJan 30, 1970
Publication numberUS 3841848 A, US 3841848A, US-A-3841848, US3841848 A, US3841848A
InventorsM Kasai, M Kishida
Original AssigneeSuwa Seikosha Kk
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
HARD WATCH CASE COMPRISING TiN, T, AND AT LEAST ONE OF Mn, Al AND V
US 3841848 A
Abstract
A watch case resistant to mechanical defacement and corrosion having an external pressed and sintered component at least a part of which comprises TiN with Ti in combination with at least one material selected from the group consisting of Mn, Al, and V as metallic binders.
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United States Patent [191 Kasai et, al.

HARD WATCH CASE COMPRISING TIN, -T, AND AT LEAST ONE OF MN, AL AND V Inventors: Masami Kasai; Motoki Kishida,

both of Nagano, Japan Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Suwa Seikosha,

Tokyo, Japan Filed: Mar. 15, 1973 Appl. No.: 341,661

Related US. Application Data Continuation-impart of Ser. No. 110,959, Jan. 29, 1971, abandoned.

Foreign Application Priority Data Jan. 30, 1970 Japan 45-7675 US. Cl 29/1825, 58/88 R, 75/205, 161/213 Int. Cl C22c 1/04, G04b 37/00, C22c 1/05, C22C 29/00 Field of Search 29/1825, 182.3; 75/205;

[4 1 Oct. 15, 1974 Primary ExaminerLeland A. Sebastian Assistant ExaminerR. E. Schafer Attorney, Agent, or Firm-Blum, Moscovitz, Friedman & Kaplan [5 7] ABSTRACT A watch case resistant to mechanical defacement and corrosion having an external pressed and sintered component at least a part of which comprises TiN with Ti in combination with at least one material selected from the group consisting of Mn, Al, and V as metallic binders.

10 Claims, 4 Drawing Figures HARD WATCH CASE'COMPRISING TIN, T, AND AT LEAST ONE OF MN, AL AND V CROSS REFERENCE TO RELATED APPLICATION This application is a continuation-in-part of our application Ser. No. 110,959, filed: Jan. 29, 1971, now abandoned; the priority of said application Ser. No. 1 10,959 is claimed, and a Certified copy of the Japanese application of which said Ser. No. 110,959, is based, is in said application.

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION In the mass production of conventional watch cases the materials generally used are gold, gold alloy and stainless steel. All of these materials have a low surface hardness (Vickers hardness, Hv, 200 maximum) so that they are easily scratched or abraded by contact with hard metals or concrete and the original high polish of the surface lasts for only a limited time. Also the range of color available with these metals is either the yellow of the gold or the gray of the stainless steel. In addition, gold and gold alloys have high specific gravity as is shown'in the Table 1 below so that where the watch case is large, it can be annoying to the wearer.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION Hitherto, nitrides have been used only as refractory materials in the form of bricks, boards and crucibles. Such materials are extremely hard, heat and corrosion resistant; in the case of silicon nitride the material has a beautiful light-green color. Moreover, the range of colors can be extended by choice of various binding metals. In addition to being harder than the conventional metals now used, nitrides are available which are much lighter than gold or gold alloys and substantially lighter than stainless steel and some of the carbides which have been used for watch cases. The weight of a watch case made of nitrides can then be substantially lower than the weight of conventional cases, thereby decreasing the burden to the wearer.

Of the above materials-TiN is particularly suitable for I use as the principal constituent of a watch case compo: sition, since it can be varied in color by choice of suitable binder metals, and since compositions containing TiN as herein disclosed have high hardness and high tensile strength and can be sintered at convenient temperatures.

In order to prepare a nitride watch case, a quantity of a metallic powder to serve as a binder is added to powdered nitride, and the mixture is pulverized and mixed in a wet condition in a ball mill for about 100 hours. The powder is then dried in vacuo and lubricants are added. The mixture is formed into a watch case at a pressure 2 ton/cm It isgiven a preliminary sintering in a vacuum furnace at a pressure of l X 10 to 7 X 10 mm Hg at a temperature of about 850 C. for about an hour. The watch case is given a final sintering in a vacuum furnace at a pressure preferably of 7 X 10" to 9 X 10 mm Hg at a temperature of l,400 to 1,540 C. for an hour. The lower pressure limit is, of course, not critical. The product is sufficiently hard so that it can be polished only with a diamond wheel.

Accordingly an object of the present invention is to provide a watch case which is resistant to mechanical defacement and to corrosion.

Another object of the invention to provide a watch case which is lighter than conventional watch cases.

Still another object of the invention to provide a watch case with a wide range of colors.

Yet another object of the invention to provide an attractive watch case at reduced cost.

Still other objects and advantages of the invention will in part be obvious and will in part be apparent from the specification.

The invention accordingly comprises the features of construction, combinations of elements, and arrangement of parts which will be exemplified in the constructions hereinafterset forth, and the scope of the invention will be indicated in the claims.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS FIG. 1 is'a sectional view of a watch case the outer surface of which is protected by a nitride layer;

FIG. 2 is a sectional view of a watch case in which the bezel is made of a nitride in accordance with the present invention;-

FIG. 3 is a sectional view of a watch case in which a peripheral ring and a lug are made of a nitride composition in accordance with the present invention; and

FIG. 4 is a sectional view of a watch case in which the entire case body and cover are made of nitride in accordance with the present invention.

DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENTS To prepare a watch case in accordance with the presentinvention, binder metals including Ti and at least one of Mn, V and Al powders having a particle diameter of 2-3 microns are added to powdered TiN. The powders are pulverized and mixed wet in a ball mill with hard balls for about hours. They are then dried in vacuo and a lubricant, preferably of the paraffin group, necessary for forming is added. The powder is formed into a watch case at a pressure of 2 ton/cm and then given a preliminary sintering in a vacuum furnace at a pressure of 1 X 10 to 7 X 10 mm Hg at a temperature of 850 C. for an hour. The watch case is given a final sintering in a vacuum furnace at a pressure of 7 X 10 to 9 X 10 mm Hg at a temperature of 1,400 to l,-540 C. for an hour. In the process, allowance is made for the fact that the watch case will contract during the final sintering. The product is extremely hard and a diamond wheel is used for the polishing. The resultant surface color varies from that of white gold to that of 18K gold and the surface is lustrous, resembling a jewel. The Vickers hardness is 1,020 to 1,132 and the material cannot be scratched by a knife, a razor, or file or broken glass. In addition, the material is not corroded either by artificial perspiration or by sea water and consequently the lustrous appearance is essentially permanent. Such a watch case is much lighter than a conventional case made of stainless steel, gold or a gold alloy and is also lighter than cases case 2. The nitride layer 1 is attached to the stainless steel by the cement.

FIG. 2 shows a stainless steel watch case in which the bezel l engages the stainless steel 2 at the snap-ring 3.

which are chiefly Composed of Carbide and Contain 5 Since the bezel of nitride can not be substantially desubstantlal quantities o heavy eta bm e Such formed, provision must be made for the stainless steel c COb'aII r m ly u snap-ring to deform. This provision is made through the Table II lists a of composltlons ba$ ed TIN formation of the groove 4 in the stainless steel body 2. as the refractory constituent. In each case T1, together The lug here, is part f the stainless Steel body. with at least one of Mn, Al and V IS used as the blnder. In the watch case Shown in FIG 3, the Outer Case The T1N concentratlon can vary from about 50 percent body 1 and the lug 5 are both made of a nitride compo to about 95 percent by weight. Preferred ranges for e sition. The outer case body 1 is attached to the inner bmder metals are as follows body 2 by means of cement inserted into the grooves 3 and 4. Mn 05 to 10% In the watch case shown in FIG. 4 the entire case Al (11 to 8% body including the back cover is made of the nitride *2 i gamma composition. Such a watch case is resistant to scratching on all of its surfaces.

At TiN concentrations below about 50 percent, the It will thus be that the Objects fofth'abovei hardness decreases, while at concentrations above 95 f g those made pp f the Pf percent the tensile strength decreases. For Mn concen- P are efficiently attamed Since Certain trations below 0.5 percent no effect is noted, while at ng ay e made In the above constructwns withabove 10 percent both the color and the hardness are out departing from the spirit and scope of the invendegraded. For Al and V, concentrations below 0.1 pertion, it is intended that all matter contained in the cent show no effect, while above about 8 percent for Al above description or shown in the accompanying drawand 10 percent for V, color tone, luster and hardness ings shall be interpreted as illustrative and not in a limare adversely affected. Titanium in the examples of iting sense.

Table II is shown as lying between 3 and 35 percent. What is claimed is:

Actually, titanium is used to bring the total weight up l. A watch case resistant to mechanical defacement to 100 percent after the concentrations of the other and corrosion, having an external pressed and sintered constituents are selected. component comprising TiN, Ti and at least one binder In making the selection of a composltlon, th first metal selected from the group consisting of Mn, Al and consideration is usually the color tone desired. Table II V, h percentage b w i ht f TiN being from 50 to makes it possible to choose a composition which'will 95, f M b i 0, 5 to 10, f A] b i 0,1 t 8 d f yield the desired properties. Another conslderatlon V b i 1 to 10 ith Ti o tit ti g th r ai de may be the sintering temperature. As would be expected, the higher the TiN content, the higher the tem- 2. The watch case as defined in claim 1 wherein the perature required for proper sintering. The tensile percentages by weight of TiN, Ti, and Mn are respecstrength also correlates directly with the TiN content. 40 tively 87, 11 and 2.

TABLE II Sintering Tensile Temp Color Hardness Strength Example TiN Ti Mn Al V "C Tone Hv kg/mm 1 60 32 8 1450 white gold I226 55 2 87 11 2 1520 18K gold 1150 70 3 85 10 5 1540 gold 1115 62 4 35 10 5 1500 silver yellow 1290 53 5 55 33 7 5 1400 silver yellow I310 48 o 87 9 2 2 1520 li ht gold 1087 68 7 87 11 l 1 1520 l8K gold 1132 72 s 86 9 3 2 1520 li ht old 10l8 70 9 95 3 0.5 1.5 1520 white old 1020 70 10 75 IO 5 I0 1500 white gold 1048 11 83.5 8 0.5 8 1530 gold 1090 58 12 87 9 2 l 1 1520 reddish gold I058 70 Note: The sintering time for all of the compositions listed is l hour, but. in general, the sintering time is not crucial.

In general, the higher the tensile strength, the lower the hardness, which is surprising.

Where these titanium nitride compositions are to be used in combination with stainless steel, the design must take account of the fact that the compositions are extremely hard and show little deformability. FIG. 1 shows a stainless steel watch case in which a hard layer I of nitride is superimposed upon the stainless steel 3. The watch case as defined in claim 1 wherein the percentages by weight of TiN, Ti, Mn and Al are respectively 87, ll, 1 and l.

4. The watch case as defined in claim 1 wherein the percentages by weight of TiN, Ti, Al and V are respectively 75, 10, 5 and I0.

7 V 6 5. The watch case as defined in claim 1 wherein the 8. A watch case as defined in claim 6 wherein said percentages by weight of TiN, Ti, Mn, Al and V are repressed and sintered component is attached to said spectively 87, 9, 2, 1 and 1. stainless steel body by cement.

6. A watch case as defined in claim 1 having a stain- 9. A watch case as defined in claim 6 wherein said less steel body covered at least in part by said pressed- 5 pressed and sintered component is a bezel. and sintered component. 10. A watch case as defined in claim I wherein said 7. A watch case as defined in claim 6 wherein said pressed and sintered component comprises the entire pressed and sintered component engages said stainless watch case body. steel body mechanically.

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Classifications
U.S. Classification428/564, 368/280, 428/660, 75/244, 968/365, 419/13, 428/457, 428/164, 428/927
International ClassificationC04B35/58, G04B37/22
Cooperative ClassificationG04B37/221, Y10S428/927, C04B35/58014
European ClassificationG04B37/22D, C04B35/58H2