By Dieter Wächter / Nocrotec

Price $299

http://nocrotec.com/start.php?navi=5&pid=14&gtxtid=100&lg=en

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

 

 

FEATURES

- 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.

by Nocrotec / Dieter Wächter / $259USD

 

GE-100 VFD Tube Clock

I am a big fan of Nocrotec's work and while doing my daily eBay search, I discovered that Dieter released a new VFD clock based on the GE-100 tubes.  I have no idea where he finds sources for some of the odd tubes but I have never encountered these in person let alone in a clock for sale.  These are easily the most elegant VFD tubes I've seen.  The individual elements are rounded giving the display a much softer look than normal seven segment devices.  Other than that, it appears to have the same specs as his other devices.  At $259, this is a solid buy.  Be sure to check out the links below for more information.

 

GE-100 VFD Tube Clock

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by Turbo_Hobby / eBay Starting at $69.99 (Currently not available)

 

IV-18 VFD Clock

User Turbo_Hobby has released a new clock based on the IV-18 VFD tube and it looks pretty slick.  There has been other clocks based on this tube but no other ones, based on my recollection, include a calculator function.  That's right, it is also a calculator.  It seems fitting that the tube that was originally designed for calculators is finally being used for one in this vacuum tube Renaissance.

The production time on each one of these devices is significant.  Each one of his creations is hand assembled and even the transformer is hand wound.  In practice, this means that he is only able to produce about one per month.  Given that, the starting price is pretty good.  (I sure wouldn't want to hand solder the SMT components.)

Turbo_Hobby is also the same guy who created the single digit nixie clock that I really like.  He doesn't have a lot of feedback on eBay yet but I would not hesitate to do business with him again.

 

IV-18 keyboard

 

IV-18 VFD Clock

From the auction:

This is a fully assembled IV-18 VFD clock, with alarm, date, temperature and calculator function!  Largest 8-digit VFD tube from USSR, NOS. Please refer to the video below or contact me for detailed explanation. Assembled with high-quality SMD components, with calibrated accurate clock pulse generator. The clock can be powered by either mini USB port or a 3.5mm 5V DC power supply, and keeps time by a SMD lithium battery when powered off.

IV-18 VFD Clock

Features:

  • 8 digit, 7 brightness level
  • Displays time, date (DD.MM.YYYY), day (1-7) and temperature (°C and °F both) every 30 seconds.
  • 3 alarms
  • Dual input (mini USB or 3.5mm 5V DC wall adaptor)
  • AC driven VFD provides uniform display
  • Four buttons control (set, select, up and down)
  • Made by high quality components
  • Extensible 8-digit calculator (please purchase the matrix keyboard separately)
  • Uses high quality components
    • Philips RTC (Real-time Clock) - PCF8563
    • Accurate SMD Clock Oscillator
    • Murata (Japan) SMD Clock Trimmer Capacitor
    • NEC 6312 Specific VFD Driver IC
    • EPCOS SMD Tantalum Capacitors
    • ATmel M32 Microprocessor
    • SANYO SMD CR2025 Backup Battery

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by Kosbo.com

Price: 49.95 EUR

 

Kosbo VFD Round Clock

 

Kosbo has just come out with a new VFD clock that is different from just about any other on the market.  Instead of using discreet 7-segment tubes like the IV-11, this used one single display in the shape of an analog clock.

 

Kosbo VFD Round Clock

I personally own one of his IV-11 clocks and I’m quite happy with it.  The PCB board is professionally assembled and I like the design of it.  This round VFD clock takes it to the next level – soon there will be an acrylic base to complete the device and based on the renderings provided, it looks quite attractive.

Once the base is released, I may order one and do a more formal review based on that.  In the mean time, go over to Kosbo.com and check out the rest of the photos and the specs.  If you already have one of these, please leave me a message in the comments.  I'd really like to get your opinion on this device.

 

Kosbo VFD Round Clock

From the site:

  • Newly designed VFD Round Clock - just arrived on the market
  • Unique compact design - there is nothing similar on market yet
  • Circuit boards diameter is the same as tube's one - just make 30mm hole for whole clock installation
  • Based on the modern Vacuum Fluorescent Display, which has 60 two sizes handle segments for real analogue clock simulation
  • Reliable, simple to connect and easy to use Clock
  • High efficiency and low power consumption for energy saving
  • Use it as a Clock on your office table or  as Alarm Clock to wake you up in your bedroom
  • Convenient  Time display reading
  • Easy control with only 2 buttons.
  • Over current and mixed polarity protection.
  • Integrated Backup battery to keep Clock running in case of power failure for up to 14 days.

 

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