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21, 1936.
M. E. WESTERMAN
2,038,152
WATCH HOLDER
Filed Dec. 19, 1955
\NVENTOR
M E. WESTfE/W?/V
ATTORNEY
2,038,152
Patented Apr. 21, 1936
UNITED STATES
PATENT OFFICE
2,038,152
WATCH HOLDER
Max E. Westerman, New York, N. Y.
Application December 19, 1935, Serial No. 557,135
7 Claims. (Cl. 58-105)
The present invention relates to watch holders thereafter point out the novelty and scope of the
of the type in which the holder forms a peripheral invention in the claims.
?ange upon the watch case, extending in the plane
of the case.
C11
The holder is preferably made of leather or
similar somewhat resilient and ?exible material,
having an opening therethrough to receive the
watch. The watch has a cylindrical case with a
?ange at each end of the cylinder, at least one
of which ?anges is adjustable toward the other,
so that the holder may be ?rmly clamped between
them.
Obviously the holder must be normally slightly
thicker than the cylindrical body of the case so
that when clamped between the flanges it will be
compressed and tightly gripped.
While leather that is stiff enough for use in such
holders is compressible, its compressibility is not
sufficient to provide a Wide tolerance and the nor
rnal thickness of the leather must be kept within
comparatively close limits. The adjustable ?ange
is usually formed on the rear face plate of the
case which is screwed into the cylindrical body.
If the holder is too thick it will be impossible to
screw this plate home tightly against the cylinder.
On the other hand, if the holder is too thin it
will be loose on the case and unsatisfactory for
that reason.
In the accompanying drawing:
Figure 1 is a view in perspective of a watch
?tted with my improved holder;
Fig. 2 is a view in section taken on the line 2,,—2
of Figure 1;
Fig. 3 is aif ace view of the holder with the watch
removed; and
Fig. ‘i, is a fragmental view of the holder in
transverse section showing the normal ?are of the
laminae at the margin of thewatch case opening.
The holder comprises a piece IU of leather or
other similar material. The holder illustrated is
in the form of a ring, but obviously the outer pe 15
riphery need not necessarily be circular, but may
be oval, rectangular, or of any other desired con
tour. The inner periphery H of the holder is
formed to ?t closely upon the cylindrical case l2
of the watch l3. A notch I4 is formed in the 20
inner periphery of the holder to clear the crown
l5 of the watch. It will be noted that this crown
is of a diameter greater than the thickness of the
holder so that the crown will protrude slightly
from opposite faces of the holder. Hence the
watch may be wound or set without removing it
from the holder.
The watch case has a ?ange l6 which laps over
Unfortunately leather is not a material that
the edge of the holder on one face thereof and a
can, as a matter of commercial expediency, be
held to an accurate gauge of thickness. Even
though they may be cut from the same piece of
leather, the holders may vary in thickness con
the case so that it will lap over the edge of the
holder on the opposite face thereof. Thus the
siderably beyond permissible limits. Such wide
variations involve waste of material and waste
of time and labor in ?tting the holders to the
cases. In addition to this, the cases may also vary
in thickness thus adding to the manufacturing
difficulties.
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An object of the present invention is to over
come these difficulties by providing a holder of
leather or like material which at least along the
margin of the watch case opening, will be con
siderably more resiliently compressible than is
45 ordinary solid leather.
A more speci?c object is to provide a holder
formed of lamina that are normally sprung apart
at the periphery of the opening. Thus the holder
will ?t snugly between ?anges that may vary con
50 siderably in spacing.
Also, ‘considerable varia
tions in thickness of the leather may be tolerated
without aiiecting the ?t of the holder.
With these objects in view and others which
will appear hereinafter I shall now describe a
55 preferred embodiment of my invention and will
?ange plate I‘! is screwed or otherwise secured to 30
watch is held ?rmly in place within the holder
since the latter is gripped snugly between the
?anges l6 and H. To increase the compressibility 35
of the holder along its inner periphery it is slit,
as indicated at I8, and a cord [9 is tightly wedged
in the slit to flare apart the lips or laminae between
which the slit is formed. While the holder may
be made of a single solid piece of leather with a
slit ‘formed therein I prefer to make it of two
laminae 20 and 2|, which are stitched together as
indicated at 22 adjacent their outer periphery.
When the holder is ?tted upon the watch and
clamped between the ?anges, the opposite faces
of the holder are slightly bulged, as clearly shown
in Fig. 2. This improves the appearance of the
holder and also increases the protection to the
watch provided by the holder. The holder is
preferably perforated at a suitable point, as indi
cated at 23, for the attachment of a watch chain,
cord or the like.
The term “leather” as used in the claims is
intended to include other materials besides leather
which have leather-like qualities of ?exibility and
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resiliency. The term “annulus” is used in its
broad sense to include holders that may have a
non-circular outer periphery and even a non
circular inner periphery to ?t upon a non-cylin
drical watch case.
While I have described a preferred embodiment
of my invention this is to be taken as illustra
tive and not limitative and I reserve the right
to make various changes in form, construction
10 and arrangements of parts without departing
from the spirit and scope of my invention as
pointed out in the claims.
I claim:
1. As an article of manufacture, a watch holder
comprising an annulus of leather having an inner
periphery adapted to ?t upon a watch, the holder
comprising a pair of lips along said inner periph
ery, said lips being resiliently ?ared apart.
2. As an article of manufacture, a watch holder
20 comprising an annulus of leather having an inner
periphery adapted to ?t upon a watch, said
annulus having a slit along the inner periphery
thereof in a plane substantially parallel to a face
of the annulus, and means wedged in the slit to
?are apart the opposite walls of the slit.
3. As an article of manufacture, a watch holder
comprising an annulus of leather having an inner
periphery adapted to fit upon a watch, said annu
lus having a slit along the inner periphery thereof
in a plane substantially parallel to a face of the
annulus, and a cord wedged in the slit to ?are
apart the opposite walls of the slit.
4. As an article of manufacture, a watch holder
comprising an annulus of leather having an inner
periphery adapted to ?t upon a watch, said annu
lus having a slit along the inner periphery thereof
in a plane substantially parallel to a face of the
annulus, and means wedged in the slit to ?are
apart the opposite walls of the slit, said annulus
being also formed with a notch in its inner pe
riphery to receive a watch crown.
5. As an article of manufacture, a watch holder 1O
comprising an annulus of leather having an inner
periphery adapted to ?t upon a watch, said annu
lus being formed of a pair of lamina secured
together at their outer periphery, and means
urging the laminae apart at their inner periphery.
6. As an article of manufacture, a watch holder
comprising an annulus of leather having an inner
periphery adapted to ?t upon a watch, said annu
his being formed of a pair of laminae stitched
together adjacent the outer periphery of the
holder, and a cord wedged between the lamina
and urging the lamina: apart at the inner pe
riphery of the holder.
7. The combination with a watch having a
cylindrical case with a ?ange at each end of the
cylinder, of an annular disk-like holder ?tted upon
the cylinder between the ?anges, said holder being
formed along its inner periphery with a pair of
resilient lips, and means urging said lips apart
against the ?anges.
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MAX E. WESTERMAN.
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