Nixie Tube Watch Feat. Vintage Russian Military Components
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Introducing the Amazing Nixie Tube Watch!
The world has always been fascinated by the mysterious glow of neon / electronic displays and Geeks everywhere have long dreamed of the chance to own an ultra-rare Nixie watch, This horological gadget is a Nerd holy grail that features authentic vintage Nixie Tubes produced in the Soviet Union between 1974 and 1989 for military application.
"Nixie is my favorite watch!" Steve Wozniak (Co-founder of Apple computers)
*Each Nixie Watch is hand-assembled and tested at the time of ordering. Please allow extra lead time for processing.
Display Type: Vintage Nixie Tubes (Manufactured 1974 to 1989 in Russia)
Tube Life: 200,000 Hrs (10 yrs +)
Power: USB Rechargeable
Charging Cable & Tool Included
Duration: 1HR to Charge. Push-button 10 x per day lasts approx. 1 month
Case Material: High-Quality Brass
Bracelet: Stainless Steel
Crystal Material: Mineral
Size:W 45mm x H 55mm x D 17mm
Water Resistant: NONE
*Note: Red Copper and Bronze versions have a transparent case back. Black and Silver versions have a solid case back.
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The watch was well packed when it arrived. It was charged sufficiently to light right away and is very cool. To charge it, there's a short stubby screw you have to remove that covers a round charging jack. You unscrew that, insert the plug and the USB plug into the respective ends and let it sit. There's no indication that it's charging so I guess you have to have faith.
So I can't tell if it charges (I guess I'll find out in a month after it sits for a while) but it is very cool. I only had two issues with it. First, the button that sets the time doesn't work. Since there are no return options in the U.S. I'll likely open it myself and fix that - BUT I am an electrical engineer and know how to handle high voltage. This is a dangerous device! The second issue is the band doesn't appear to be adjustable easily. There are pins you slide out to remove links. I tried that, my jeweler tried that, and nothing seems to remove links form the band. The band is kind of cheap looking anyway, so I replaced it with a classy nylon one.
Overall, the tech to jam the watch into that case is impressive. It's unfortunate that you can't set it but I hope that's just mine and I'll fix that.