Nixie-based tube clocks

IN14 6 Tube Nixie Desk Clock

eBay seller uniasia82 / $111


IN-14 Nixie Clock Front

Here is a great little clock from eBay.  It is a 6 digit, ON-14 based nixie clock.  It appears to be built in two layers - the bottom performing the time keeping functions and the top one simply holding the display.  The PCB has a shiny black finish which adds a nice contrast to the display.  While you could probably build or find an enclosure for this device, I would leave it open as it is right now.

The nixie clock is powered off of an external power supply so there is little to no risk of shock from this design.  However, since the displays are still running at 180v, you probably would still get a bit of a shock if you grabbed the wrong place.  That is just my oppinion, you could probably still find a way to do more harm to yourself if you tried :)

From the auction:

IN14 6 Tube Nixie Desk Clock


This is Fully Assembled and Tested Nixie Clock with 6 Pieces IN14 NOS Tubes.

* Fading Nixies:  cross fading from digit to digit

* User Selectable:  12/24 hours mode

* Digit Height:  Approx. 2cm

* Brand New!

* Power by: DC 12V AC Wall Adapter (mains AC 110 ~ 240V) Not Included.

   remarks:  Extra Price for DC12V AC Wall Adapter : USD9


IN-14 Nixie Clock Rear



Designed by Peter Hand, built by Mike Bowers



I have been wanting one of these since I first learned about them.  It is a 4-letter-word device, like the Super Electrofluorescent Profanity Machine except that this one uses Panaplex style ZM1350 neon displays.  Essentially, they are flat versions of the B971 and can be used as a replacement with no electrical changes needed.

Basically, the device displays random words that are four letters long.  The video gives you the basic idea of how this works:

This device was built by Mike Bowers but was designed by Peter Hand.  It appears to be based off the original Raymond Weisling design.  (Warning, a few people have had bad experiencing ordering from Zetalink.  I trust Jeff's reviews so I would personally avoid this site as well....)



By David Forbes / Cathode Corner

$395 (for sale as of 5/1/2009)




This watch was inspired the Jeff Thomas Nixie Watch. It uses an entirely different design - tubes and power supply.  It looks a little more like a watch than the other design but I prefer the clear plastic case on the other one.  Regardless, this is an amazing feat of engineering.  I'd love to own one of these.


The Cathode Corner Nixie Watch displays the time on nixie tubes, which are quaint neon display tubes once used in calculators in the dawn of recorded history (1969). It is a two-digit wristwatch designed for everyday use, being water-resistant and rugged.

The watch requires no button pushing to operate - it shows the hours, minutes and seconds in sequence at the flick of the wrist.



Purchase One:

By Jeff Thomas / Resonant Instruments, LLC.

$495 / sold out


This is the really little brother of the NixiChron clock.  The fact that he managed to fit all of the components in to such a small packaging - and fit four vacuum tubes in it is amazing.  They require about 180vdc to power…your average AA battery puts out just 1.5 for comparison.  And even more amazing, he managed to fit this in 2.75"L x 1.5"W x 1.2"H




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