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Sept- 1949. c. H. A. DEWEY 2,482,660 v WRIST WATCH BAND Filed Nov. 12. 1946 V INVENTOR. 1a
Patented Sept. 20, 1949 UNITED STATES DFFVICE WRIST WATGHBAND Charles-Hail. Dewey,- Mobile, Ala. "Application'November 12, 1946, senarnosvoam'z vzrclaims. *1
Thepresent invention relatesto improve-merits in wristwatch bands andhas' for an object toprovide an improved band for holding-the watch-at a position enabling easier reading of the'dialat .a, glance without turning'the "wrist.
Another object of "the invention is to'provide an improved Wrist watch bandinwhich 'easeef manufacture is secured in'that the brackets or dowel housings which'hold' the watch in place are integral parts of'the band and maybe stamped .out by a die in a single operation, eliminating the necessity of attaching'these brackets orhousings separately as heretofore conventionally done.
In standard constructions of wrist bands, the platform or other support on the band for the wrist watch. is soconstrucmd and arranged'relatively to the dial face of the watch that'the 126 axis of the Watch registers with the median longitudinal line of the circumference of the "band;
which leads to a difficulty in bringingthe watch to a correct position for easy reading from the eye of'the wearer.
Such conventional construction requires not only thattheforearm and-wrist be-elevate'd'from the bodyto'a substantiallyhorizontalposition but that the entire-armbe rotated from'itselbow time; and such arm movements have becomexchar- *acteri'stic and well-known :so ,much so thatsithe secondmot-ion particularlylhas been mim'ic-ke'd "and ridiculed on and voft the. stage.
It is the purpose of the inventionto do away with'this secondrname'dxarm movement and to so mount the watch dial with reference to the Wrist band that upon amere elevating movement of a forearm from a dropped position at the wearers side and baring the coat ,or. shirtslee-ve the watch dial will, without further movement, be in a correct pos ition for reading.
The-aforegoing objectsrgive: rise to thelf u-rther object that-by re-orienting the brackets roridowel housings on the band platform such brackets or housings are'out'ofdine-with the band member andtz'imay therefore be formed integral -with-v the platformcand with thetb'azndmember rand thus enable the entire wrist band to be stamped in one operation from a single sheet of flexible metal stock from whichthe brackets or housings ;:are
subsequently rolled to receive the usual .dowels 'tor holding the watch frame to: the wristband.
The-invention aisozcontemplatestheuseofzflexib'le or e la-sticclipsdiametrically oppositeionaanother andformedirom a split wristband iniwhich "the free-ends ofsu-chfband: are-curved; or. hounded ':to facilitate applieation'to.the wrist and-atol atloid sharp corners whichmight abrade. or injure-such wrist.
Withthe foregoing andiother obiectsin view,
1 the invention will be more Ifl11ly"dBSGrib8,d ihereinafter and more 'particularlypointed autin: the appended claims.
In the drawings, inrwhich: like partsare denoted by" the same reference; characters:throughoutethe :several' views,
Figure 1 is a perspective -view. of: an t improved wrist watch band constructed-1:111 a-ccordancewith ithe present invention.
band-With a watch mounted therein and illustrated upon the left :wrist of the wearerxas indicated brokenilines.
Referring more. particularly ;.to the drawings.
ill desi'gn-atesthe watch 'plattorm'lbeing apart of the band :alongwithrtwo 'WI iStLCIiDS I I and i2.
Dowel-housings on brackets-l3 and: M are shown as made integral with the platformtlifl and :as
rolled upwardly and inwardly to :outstand from the p'lane of suc'h platform :11).
'In the single embodiment of the invention shown in theidrawings; lateral extensions t5 and 1'6 of theplatform 10'. outstand'tbeyond "theside edges of the waistband? untilrsuch lateral-extensiohs may be of .a form that generaliy 'triangular with the :bases of 'rthextwo :opposeditriangles lying alignment :with. opposite side. edges-10f: the band. 'I he triangle at oneside'is. relatively reversed: with'respect to :the:" trianglelxto the rep-positeside ofithe platform. The 'ltria-ngles mayi be complementary. As 'shown -'in"-Fig ure 3.th8?b13.0k-
ets-orhousi-ngs l3 and I4 oppose one another or in other words are lat substantially I809 apartzand extend 'from dsiametricali y":oppositesides ofuthe two triangles which are lateral extensions I5 and L6. whustheseqbnaokets or housings star-and H,
which are open ended, =are placed so -as tomece'ive 'theusua-lspring dowels or'pintles having opposed trunnions whichare yieldably proje'cted out' -from the ends of the brackets or housings l3 and M to enter and interlock with socketed projections the semicircular iorm indicated in Figures 1 and 2 with the rounded and curved ends 2| spaced apart to enable the flexible or ductile metal to be moved and shaped to the particular formation of opposite portions of the wrist of the wearer.
4 While I have disclosed herein the best form of the invention known to me at the present time, I desire it to be understood that I reserve the right to make changes and modifications in the herein described embodiment of the invention provided such changes fall within the scope of the following claims.
What I claim is: 1. An improved wrist watch band comprising a band member made from a flat strip of stiff but yieldable material bent to the general shape of the wrist and composed of a central watch platform and two wrist clips extending in oppo- In Figiue 2 the clips ii and 12 are shown to be approximately diametrically opposed to one another. The band may be of resilient metal if so desired.
In Figure 4 the left hand and wrist of the H wearer are indicated with the application of the improved band and supported watch. It will be appreciated that what might be termed the reading axis 12-6 of the watch is now oriented to a position where the simple raising of the left arm from the elbow to a substantially horizontal position and the inclination of the head of the wearer to the left will focus his eyes directly upon the dial in a position where such reading axis is normal or at right angles to the line connecting the two eyes of the observer or wearer which is the relative position between eyes and watch dial customary for reading and telling time. Normally, according to present practices, the reading axis 12-6 of the watch dial is in registry and alignment with the center or longitudinal median line of the watch band which requires the second movement or twist of the wrist and arm, heretofore referred to, to bring the dial to an upright reading position. In such prior constructions the brackets or housings l3 and [4 were necessarily crosswise of the band and directly radially outward of the band so that it was impossible to form such brackets or housings as an integral part of the band. Hence in a the prior art such brackets or housings were made separately from seperate pieces of metal and then brazed, soldered, welded or otherwise fixed to the band or platform. This involved different and distinct stampings of metal, sepa- 5;;1-
rate handling and separate operations of brazing, etc., all of which were expensive both in the matter of materials and labor; all of which items -of cost are eliminated in accordance with the present invention inasmuch as by rotating the platform, so to speak, through an angle of approximately 45" the reading dial is not only i brought to a correct position for immediate reading without Wrist twisting movement, but the brackets or housings l3 and I4 may be rolled over from lateral exposed edges of the extensions l5 and I6 and thus these brackets or housings may be integral parts of the platform and the band. In other words instead of having these housings or brackets l3 and I4 outwardly of the band they are at the sides of the band and formed from free edges of the lateral extensions i5 and Hi.
In order that the watch may be wound when mounted, one side of the platform is slightly site directions from said platform, lateral extensions of said platform outstanding beyond the side edges of said wrist band and being of generally triangular formation with the bases of the two opposed triangles lying approximately in alignment with opposite edges of said band, the triangle at one side of the band being relatively reversed with respect to the triangle at the opposite side of the band, the triangular extensions being bounded externally by sides which converge outwardly and are relatively diametrically opposed to one another across said band, housings formed integrally with the band and platform and carried upon outer relatively opposed sides of said triangular extensions whereby the line connecting the housings across the band is at an acute angle to the long axis of the band, said housings adapted to receive spring dowels for cooperating with the socketed projections on the wrist watch frame to hold the Wrist watch with its reading axis 12-6 on the acute angle line between said housings.
2. For use with a wrist watch having the usual socketed projections extending substantially parallel with its 12-6 axis and with its winding stem extending approximately in line with its 3-9 axis, an improved band comprising a band member composed of a central platform and integral sprin clips, one extending from each end of the platform and being of substantially semi-circular form, the band being open opposite the platform, integral lateral extensions extending from the band at opposite sides of said platform and being of substantially triangular form with their bases offset relatively along the long axis of the band and having their outer edges converging in opposite directions, housings integrally carried by outer diametrically opposed sides of the triangular lateral extensions and being connected by a line across the band which is at an acute angle to the long axis of the band, said housings adapted to contain spring dowels for entering the socketed projections of the watch frame to hold the watch with its 12-6 axis lying on said acute angled line and with its winding stem projecting freely at the side of the band.
CHARLES H. A. DEWEY.
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