Patent Number: 6,252,829

Title: Electronic watch

Abstract: An electronic watch diversifies the mode of display for numeric information and the like to presents the information using the natural ambient light or a back light. The electronic watch may includes a polarizer for transmitting a linearly polarized light polarized in one direction while absorbing the remaining polarized light, a liquid crystal element that selects a state in which the polarization of a polarized light ray is changed through transmission and a state in which the polarization of the polarized light is not changed, a polarization separating film, opposed to the polarizer with the liquid crystal element interposed therebetween, and a back light for emitting light to the liquid crystal element through the polarization separating film. The polarization separating film 12 transmits light polarized in one direction while reflecting light linearly polarized in a direction perpendicular to the one direction. When the emission of the light emitting device is used to present the numeric information and the like, the information is presented by the emission of the back light.

Inventors: Miyazawa; Eiichi (Suwa, JP), Chiba; Satoshi (Suwa, JP), Matsui; Tsuyoshi (Matsumoto, JP)

Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation

International Classification: G02B 27/28 (20060101); G02B 5/30 (20060101); G04G 9/00 (20060101); G02F 1/1335 (20060101); G02F 1/13 (20060101); G04C 017/00 (); G02F 001/133 ()

Expiration Date: 06/26/2018