Introduction: Nixie Watch Prototype_A Alpha

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Let me introduce my work of 2 years.

Nixie Watch Prototype_A.

Everyone have seen nixie clock already, but nixie watch is smaller. Let me introduce to you small 4-tubes watch

-Brass case.

-Leather bracelet from high quality leather

-Rechargeable battery via micro-USB.


Fully Assembled and Tested Nixie Watch with 4 Pieces IN-16 NOS Tubes + 1 Tube blink.

Powered By: DC 5V via rechargeable battery or via USB cord. Battery life: 6-16 hours in active mode or more than 3 month in sleep mode.

Settings:: HH-MM-SS/ DD-MM-YY / Energy level/ Change on - off

Dimension: Width 76mm x Height 50mm x Height 26mm

Fully made and assembled by hand.

All questions or comments regarding the assembly, materials, components are welcome.

Step 1: UPD. Power Source of Prototype_A Alpha

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This power source was used in Alpha revision.

Step 2: Electronics From Prototype_A Alpha and Prototype_A Rev1

Picture of Electronics From Prototype_A Alpha and Prototype_A Rev1

Currently buiding Prototype_A rev4!
Prototype alpha was built only as a sample more than two years ago for a customer from Japan. And it still in excelent condition. This is a truly one of a kind watch.

What is the difference? He is a list of specs:

1. Different power system

1.1 Prototype_a alpha:active mode 3-6 hours, Passive mode 30-60 days

1.2 Prototype_a rev4: active mode 12-16 hours, Passive mode 180+days

2. Unique program software

3. Rev4 is smaller in size

Step 3: Casing Constracting

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Casing i builded from Brass.

1. it Steampunked

2. It is really good metal

3. Easy to work with and solder it Case constructed from 11 Parts and 3 buttons

Step 4: Bracelet.

Picture of Bracelet.

Real high quality leather. Handmade

Step 5: And More Photos and Manual

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Thank You for reading
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Lasrig (author)2016-04-01

You can make some crazy money off of this!

P.S. Where did you get your nixie tubes, and how much did they cost?

oldstock or old measure equipment. and this tubes are realt rare now.
abaut cathodes watch. check included photo.... smoller and 4 tube ....

Tube cost from 4 to 15 usd. But problem: you can buy 1-2 tubes in one place and for watch you'll need 5 tubes. When you buy 10 tubes - 8 work fine and 2 brocken or with deffects.

In cathodes watch are used ZM tubes or soviet in14

in14 cost 0.5-1 usd

hobbyman (author)2016-04-01


Jedi_zombie85 (author)2016-04-01

This is awesome dude, top work

probably in 2-3 weeks will be next generation..... really smallest nexie watch in the world

erik.savoie.3 (author)2016-03-29

Are you planning on sharing the pcb design/codes?

Probably next year

JesseC29 (author)2016-03-18

This is one of the coolest things i have ever seen! I want to make this so bad.....

Nobuki Phu (author)2016-03-15

How did you do the power?

charging via usb port from pc or charger. there are rechargeble battery inside watch 3.7v and than ... mystery

prnet (author)2016-03-15

Applausi per te! Simply genial!

JokerDAS (author)2016-03-15

That is absolutely fantastic! Fully functional and fully steampunk!

About This Instructable



Bio: Steampunk artist, scientist, engineer
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