Nixoid and Glower are Nixie Tube wristwatches and they are definitely not the first. Coming from Ukrainian watchmaker Handcrafted Workshop, these super cool timepieces use symbol tubed IN-16 and IV-9 to display time. Mind you, though, the tubes aren’t just any Nixie tube. They are made in the USSR for military applications, pulled from old military warehouses. These tubes have thick glass and are said to very resistant to vibrations, and hence they are very suited for wrist watch application. Here’s the details of the Nixoid model, straight from the horse’s mouth:

“Nixoid use IN-16 nixie tubes to display the time. Specifically for the Nixoid clock we develop an algorithm for synchronous ignition of lamps and anti-poisoning of cathodes, so the resource of the IN-16 indicators increased several times and the viewing of the time became more beautiful. Nixoid high voltage generation system has a power reserve of 3.57 times, it is very reliable. Specifically for the Nixoid we develop dynamic backlight charging battery level. When the battery is 100% charged, tubes has backlight like nuclear color, during use backlight slowly stay a green color.”

And here’s the key specifications of Nixoid:

• Time format: 12/24 hour;
• Date format: DD/MM/YY;
• Battery: built-in rechargeable lithium-polymer, non-removable, 220mAh;
• Power supply: 5V DC;
• Connection: micro-USB;
• Operating temperature; 0 to +50c / 32 to 122F;
• Dimensions: diameter is 55mm, height is 20mm;
• Strap: 22mm, fully compatible with Gear S3 straps or any 22mm straps.

Nixoid Nixie Tube Wristwatch

Here’s the official details of the Glower model:

“Glower use IV-9 numitron tubes to display the time. Small filaments are glow in NOS gas. It is look very futuristic. It is a new thing in tube wristwatches era. This watch small and very light. Glower watches use narrowly specialized microcircuits for controlling the filaments in the numitron IV-9 tubes, which made it possible to simplify the clock circuit and reduce the current consumption. We add battery percentage in menu, only long press a button and you can see the information about battery.”

And the following are the key specifications:

• Time format: 12/24 hour;  
• Date format: DD/MM/YY;  
• Battery: built-in rechargeable lithium-polymer, non-removable, 200mAh;  
• Power supply: 5V DC;  
• Connection: micro-USB;
• Operating temperature; 0 to +50c / 32 to 122F;  
• Dimensions: diameter is 49mm, height is 18mm;  
• Strap: 22mm, fully compatible with Gear S3 straps or any 22mm straps.

Glower Nixie Tube Wristwatch

Both Nixoid and Glower are Nixie Tube wristwatches are recharged via USB power supply, i.e. computer or USB power adapter and takes about 50 minutes to take it to full charge. Nixoid’s battery offer 20 days of “normal use” and over 2 months of standby time, while Glower is good for 14 days of “normal use” and more than 2 months in standby mode.

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Nixoid and Glower Nixie Tube Wristwatches

Handcrafted Workshop has taken to Kickstarter to peddle these Nixie Tube wristwatches where you can secure a unit with a pledge of $215 or more. The campaign’s modest $3K has been breached and so, the product is a go. And if all goes as plan, backers should be seeing this awesome watch at their door step starting October 2018.

Glower Nixie Tube Wristwatch

Nixoid Nixie Tube Wristwatch

Images courtesy of Handcrafted Workshop.

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Published by Mike chua

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