But most of them lack of distinctiveness. Connection of vintage nixie displays with modern electronics constitutes this original and unique time piece which brings back the memories of old neon signs and Cold War era. Nixie tubes are no longer produced which makes this vintage clock unique and rare item. Unlike modern LED or LCD displays, nixie tubes have this unique, mysterious orange glow. It's pretty mesmerizing to watch digits changing from one to another.
As the time goes by. Besides timekeeping function, nixie clock could be.
That will bring nice warm, vintage look to any interior. This unique nixie clock can also be a great gift for any steampunk or retro enthusiast. IN-12 nixie tubes are Cold War era vintage displays that were produced in former Soviet Union. Nixie tubes were the very first fully electrical numeric displays developed in mid 50's.Nixie displays utilize phenomenon of glow discharge of neon gas surrounding numerical like shaped cathodes. During Cold War era nixie tubes were commonly used in first computers and measuring devices.
In late 80's nixie tubes were supplanted by more modern LED, VFD and LCD displays. In post Soviet Union states nixie tubes were still being produced till late 90's. New old stock nixie tubes (NOS) can be still found in old military surplus warehouses. Nowadays nixie tubes are once again revived in unique retro style clocks which bring memories of Cold War era.
Because of this nixie clocks are becoming increasingly popular among steampunk, retro, vintage items enthusiasts. Hours, Minutes and Seconds display. Clock utilizes quartz oscillator for measuring time (ensures high accuracy). Software time correction for adjusting clock's accuracy (±9.9s/day with 0.1s resolution). Built-in accumulator for time backup during short power interrupts (lasts up to 24h).Settings are stored in nonvolatile EEPROM memory. Simple time, alarm and menu setting using 3 buttons. Auto increase of adjusted value while pressing button for 2s for quick setting. Maintains time during setup mode (useful when changing between ST and DST). Seconds can be reset to zero to precisely set the time.
Selectable blinking of neon colons (blinking can be switched On/Off). Selectable 4 level tubes brightness. Switchable blue LED back light following tubes brightness. One button for switching LED back light On/Off. Programmable timed tubes dimming or blanking mode.
(tubes can be dimmed or blanked during night to extend their life expectancy). (prevents cathode poisoning and extends tubes life expectancy).
3 tubes exercising routines (cycling, cycling with scrolling or slot machine). Activated every 1, 10, 60 min or midnight. Movie demonstrating clock's operation: clock demonstrated on below movie may have different case color. But it's operation is exactly the same as the clock offered on this listing. 6xIN-12 nixie tubes clock with black mat case - demonstration of slot machine effect - YouTube.
Video will open in a new window. Clock dimensions: 9.5x3.15x3.15in (240x80x80mm). Tubes type: IN-12, tubes are new, never used (NOS). Nixie tubes life expectancy: averages up to 200 000h (22 years) and more.(tubes are inserted in sockets so they could be easily replaced if needed). Digits height: 0.7in / 18mm (owing high contrast digits are easily readable even from far distance). Clock style: vintage, retro, steampunk. Output voltage: 9V DC (regulated/precise output voltage). Input voltage: 110-230V AC (depending on your location). Minimal output current: 500mA to 1000mA. Power plug: US, EU, UK, AU (depending on your location).
End plug: barrel plug 5.5mm/2.1mm (+ inside, - outside). Clock is not dependent on mains voltage or frequency which means it will work all over the world.
Please visit our other listings with nixie clocks. The item "Nixie Clock with 6xIN-12 tubes & metallic black case & alarm cold war era" is in sale since Sunday, September 4, 2016. This item is in the category "Home & Garden\Home Décor\Clocks\Alarm Clocks & Clock Radios".
The seller is "numitronix" and is located in Gliwice. This item can be shipped worldwide.