Longines Nixie Clock

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11 years 9 months ago #461 by Accutron
I'm not really sure what forum to put this in, but there's a Longines quartz nixie clock on eBay right now...

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Too bad Bulova didn't make one of these with a tuning fork timebase...I never liked Longines watches very much.

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11 years 9 months ago #462 by Stuckey
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Nice find! €400 is a bit much for me right now, but I never knew that Longines made a nixie clock.

In the manual photo, it they say that it can keep the time for up to 25 minutes "when accumulators are fully charged." Is that an archaic word for a capacitor or battery?


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11 years 9 months ago #463 by Accutron
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It must have backup NiCd rechargeable batteries. No capacitor from 1970 that can fit in that clock could hold enough charge to drive a nixie display for 25 minutes. You'd need a pile of modern 1 farad supercaps, or a Maxwell Boostcap or something like that. I'm guessing it's a bad English translation.

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11 years 9 months ago #470 by Stuckey
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It went for €616. Wow.

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11 years 9 months ago - 11 years 9 months ago #471 by Accutron
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It's a little pricey for a Nixie clock, but it's not just Nixie clock guys bidding on it. $850 isn't too bad when you're wearing a $3000 Longines wristwatch. It's entirely possible that the winning bidder doesn't even really know what a Nixie tube is.

Are there any other watch collectors here? I've paid much more than $850 for various watches over the years. It's a far uglier habit than collecting Nixie tubes.


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11 years 9 months ago #474 by Stuckey
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You're right, there are reasons to collect beyond the fact that it is a Nixie clock.

Thankfully, I haven't started collecting watches. I appreciate designs like the Phosphor e-ink watch but I don't know nearly as much about watches as I do other types of clocks.

Given the funds, I think I would start collecting things like the HP 5071A first :)

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