US 3853090 A
A device to aid a motorist in reminding him when a parking meter for his car is due to expire, the device consisting simply of a clock face with hands that are manually movable so to allow resetting, as desired, the clock face being mounted on any item likely to be carried by a motorist such as either a key case, a make up compact, a wallet, a cigarette case, car key or which may be made independently of these other items.
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United States Patent Watson et al.
[ Dec. 10, 1974 TIME MEMORANDUM  Inventors: Sidney Y. Watson; George Spector,
both of c/o George Spector, 3615 Woolworth Bldg, 233 Broadway, New York, NY. 10007  Filed: Dec. 12, 1972  App]. No.: 314,452
 US. Cl. 116/133, 40/67  Int. Cl. G09f 9/00  Field of Search 116/130, 131, 133; 40/67; 150/.5, 35
 References Cited UNITED STATES PATENTS 1,317,375 9/1919 Leigh 116/133 1,754,203 4/1930 Gibson 116/133 2,177,978 Darvie 116/133 2,268,032 12/1941 Hicket 116/133 2,649,753 8/1953 Doyle, Jr. 116/133 2,863,417 12/1958 Newton 116/133 FOREIGN PATENTS OR APPLICATIONS 292,081 5/1916 Germany 116/133 Primary Examiner-Louis .1 Capozi [5 7 ABSTRACT 3 Claims, 9 Drawing Figures TIME MEMORANDUM This invention relates generally to pocket or handbag accessories, more specifically it relates to time pieces and clocks.
It is well known that often a motorist parks his automobile at a parking meter and he then forgets at what time the meter will expire so that if he does not return in time, he is subject to possibly receiving a parking ticket. This is an objectional situation and is therefore in want of an improvement.
Accordingly, it is a principle object of the present invention to provide a simple clock that a motorist can set at the time that he parks the car, and on which he set a reading of the time when the meter will expire so that it serves as a reminder to inform him when to be back at the car.
Another object is to provide a time memorandum in which the clock consists only of a simple clock dial face and a minute and hour hand attached pivotally thereto.
Still another object is to provide a time memorandum that can be incorporated into the structure of other objects, such as wallets, key cases, cigarette cases, cigarette lighters or other things that may be normally carried in a persons pocket or purse.
Other objects are to provide a time memorandum which is simple in design, inexpensive to manufacture, rugged in construction, easy to use and efficient in operation.
These and other objects will be readily evident upon a study of the following specification and the accompanying drawing wherein:
FIG. 1 is a view of the invention incorporated in a key case.
FIG. 2 shows it in a make up compact.
FIG. 3 shows it in a wallet.
FIG. 4 shows it in a cigarette case.
FIG. 5 shows it incorporated in a car key.
FIG. 6 is a cross section on line 6-6 of FIG. 5.
FIG. 7 is an exploded view of parts used in the device illustrated in FIGS. 5 and 6.
FIG. 8 is an enlarged detail thereof.
FIG. 9 shows the invention manufactured as an individual item and not included with other devices.
Referring now to the drawing in detail, the reference numeral 10 represents a time memorandum according to the present invention wherein there is a conventional clock face 11 that includes clock face numerals 12. A minute hand 13 and hour hand 14 are pivotable about a central rivet 15, and may be simply pushed manually by a persons hand. It is important that there is sufficient friction at the pivotal bearing opening of the hands 13 and 14 so that once they are pivoted to a particular position, they will not freely pivot away therefrom so that the indicated time will not change such as might occur otherwise if some adjacent object rubs accidentally thereagainst. This can be accomplished by a rubbber bushing or hands being arched or otherwise being made to frictionally bear against the clock face surface. Clock face 11 can be printed or be separate part attached on a base article.
As shown in FIGS. 1 through 5, the time memorandum 10 may be incorporated in the manufacture of any article such as is likely to be carried by a person, such as key case 16, make up compact l7, wallet rette case 19, car key 20, or the like. Alternately it may be made as an individual article 21 as shown in FIG. 9 in which it is in its own case 22 provided with ring 23 so to attach to a key chain.
In the form of the invention as illustrated in FIGS. 5 through 8, the key 20 can include a bezel 24 integral with the key body 25, the bezel 24 integral with the key body 25, the bezel being around a central opening 26 in which three discs 27, 28 and 29 are retained adjacent each other. The central disc 28 is made of transparent material such as glass or plastic so it can be seen through. This disc 28 is made so be stationary within the bezel. Accordingly, a peripheral notch 30 on the disc 28 may receive a protrusion 31 on the inner side of the bezel, thus preventing the disc to be rotated. Clock face numerals and graduations 32 may be imprinted on the disc 28 as shown. The disc 27 is made of any opaque material and has a minute hand 33 imprinted on one side thereof which faces the disc 28. The other disc 29 is of transparent material similar to dial 28, and has an hour hand 34 printed thereupon. When thus assembled, the dials present visually a clock face with hands. The discs 27 and 29 on the other sides of disc 28 can be manually rotated so a time can be set. This is accomplished by depressing each disc 27 or 29 against a squeezable rubber ring 35 placed between the discs, thus causing teeth 36 on the innerside face of the bezel to disengage from notches or indentations 37 on the inner sides of the discs 27 and 29. After being rotated to a desired position, pressure against the face of the discs 27 or 29 can be released, and the rubber ring then pushes these discs outwardly again so that the indentations 37 engage the teeth 36, thus prevent accidental rotation of the discs of any adjacent object rubs thereagainst when in a pocket or purse.
While various changes may be made in the detail construction, it is understood that such changes will be within the spirit and scope of the present invention as is defined by the appended claims.
We claim as follows:
1. A time indicating device comprising a circular disc having a clock dial face thereon said disc having a pcripheral flange provided with a coaxial retaining groove spaced from said face in combination with an hour indicator disc rotatably mounted in said groove axially spaced from said face, including peripheral resilient means disposed between said discs whereby said means provides frictional resistance against inadvertent rotation, but not prevent necessary manual rotation of said time-indicator disc and one of said discs is transparent.
2. A device as in claim 1 in further combination with a minute indicator disc mounted rotatably in a peripheral groove in said flange on the side of the device opposite the hour indicator disc, said minute indicator disc being spaced from said clock face disc by the resilient means similar to the resilient means between the first two said discs whereby both time indicator discs can be selectively rotated to various fixed positions, wherein two of said discs are transparent.
3. A device as in claim 2 further including additional locking means between said flange and said time indicator discs whereby manual compression of the discs against the resilient means releases said locking means 18, ciga- 5 for manual rotation of said indicator discs.