Wednesday, 07 November 2018 18:01

Tudor's Two-Way Adjustable Bracelet

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In this 2013 patent, Tudor discloses a fine adjustable watch bracelet that has both fine adjustment and elastic adjustment capabilities. While I try not to get too judgmental about these patents, I'm very surprised that this was issued.

The patent discloses two ways to adjust the fit of a bracelet, each at opposite ends of a wristband or clasp. 

The first is to attach springs in the bracelet. The springs allow the bracelet to stretch and return to its original position. This is something that was well-known in the art. 

The second is a series of grooves in the clasp, along with a bar which snaps into the grooves, also well-known in the art of fine-adjustment of bracelets. 

It's axiomatic that you can't combine two things, get the expected result, and obtain a patent on that. If already erasers existed, and pencils already existed, you usually can't get a patent on sticking an erase on a pencil. Here, I'm struggling to see what the point of novelty was, other than maybe the adjustments being at opposite ends of the clasp.

Regardless, it's an interesting, if not likely redundant, mechanism, that I don't believe we've seen in Tudors. 

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