Kit w/o Tubes $299
Assembled w/o Tubes $349
This is my clock. I am the proud owner of the last one made according to the creator himself. The display in this clock is a Russian Nixie tube called an IN-18 / ИН-18. This is a really odd display. There are 10 filaments inside of the tube. Each one is shaped in the form of a number. The tube is then filled with neon gas and a little bit of mercury to prevent cathode poisoning. When ~180vdc is applied to one of the numbers, it glows.
Six of the IN-18 / ИН-18 tubes are used to display the time. Like the Scope Clock, the time is set via GPS but a built in clock keeps the clock going when a signal cannot be located. The tubes are some of the largest that were produced in quantity which adds a collector value to the clock. Since they do wear out, I have a second set stored in a hard Pelican case.
As of 7/22/2009, the clock is once again for sale. It is now being offered fully assembled for $349 or as a kit for $299. If you're looking for an IN-18 clock, this is the one to get! http://www.amug.org/~jthomas/nixikit.html
Thanks to Michael for the update!
This clock is based on Vacuum Fluorescent Display tubes. They are a seven-segment based display like most led clocks but these are quite a bit different. For starters, this clock costs nearly 100x as much as your normal department store clock. The digits have a beautiful cyan color and the design of the tube allows you to see the inner workings. Image and brief description are from Nocrotec
- Digit height: 0.6″ (15mm)
- 12/24h mode
- Date in configuration DD.MM.YY or MM.DD.YY
- Leading zero suppression: The leading zero can be blanked or shown
- Cross fading: different modes to fade the digits from one number to the next
- Alarm clock
- Power down mode: tubes and supply can be totally switched off for a user programmed period in order to save energy and increase life expectancy of the tubes
- 12VDC input voltage
- Time is battery buffered when no line power is available; battery will last for more than 10 years
- User settings are always stored
- Case made of massive cherry wood and shiny black anodized aluminum as used for high-end audio equipment.