Nixie Watch Prototype_C





Introduction: Nixie Watch Prototype_C

Arduino Contest 2016

Runner Up in the
Arduino Contest 2016

Green Electronics Contest 2016

Runner Up in the
Green Electronics Contest 2016

Small worklog of my new nixie watch creation

I spend 6 month for building this watch.

Aluminium case. - Created from one solid piece of aluminium. Using lathe I cut 2 parts: top cover and casing

Quartz glass. - Glass cutted and polished from one solid block of quartz glass

Leather bracelet. - 28mm width

Docking station. - cutted from oak wood. On docking station installed mini-USB port for connectivity with charger.


Sensor adjustments - no mooving parts.

This is Fully Assembled and Tested Nixie Watch with 2 Pieces IN-16 NOS Tubes.

Power By: DC 5V via rechargeable battery or via Docking station.

Time before recharging: 6+ hours in active mode or more than 3+ month in passive mode

User Selectable: HH-MM / Change on - off / Charge left /Back-light colour

Dimension: Width 50mm x Depth 19mm

Docking station powered via USB. Oak Wood

Water resistance: Rainy weather will be not a problem.

Battery: Lithium-polymer, nonremovable. 400mah

Accuracy: +/- 1 second per month

Operating Temperature: -25 to +40°С / +3 to 105°F

Glass: Quartz glass !!!

Step 1:

First of all i'll ansver for your question abaut sharing drawings or cirquit:

Sorry byt it will be really impossible: 2 weeks ago my SSD drive died with all drawings... of all my creations

I have 5 finished boards left and i\ll use them for Steampunk art. (like on first photo)


Materials: Solid aluminium block, bicycle spokes, quartz glass, oak, little brass.

Equipment: Lathe, Dremel, file, time

Step 2: Circuits

Watch assembled from 4 circuits

1. Mainboard

2. Tube board

3. Left RGB led board

4. Right RGB led board


1. Atmel microcontroller

2. Accelerometer or buttons

3. 2 batteries

4. no RTC

5. power supply

Working mode: Dynamic indication

Circuits i ordered on factury this time. I use board with multiple layers. Board thickness 0.75 mm

Step 3: And More Photos

And more photos from photoset it was really cold



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    Hi for all) sorry my english)))

    I working about this question something like one year. I have some circuts and sourse codes. I am ready to work with you. Write me on

    ok, i'll contact with you+i know belarus, ukrainian and russian

    lets see a collaboration!

    well done, sir, well done.

    I have never worked with arduino or nixie....but I think they are beautiful.

    This really is a great piece!

    That's just awesome, I love nixie clocks, never thought I'd see one on a wristwatch.

    Is there anyway that you can recover the schematics, maybe through the company that made the board and post them?

    its too expensive. ill draw new one for watch with in-17 tubes

    I LOVE THIS! Would like to buy one for my son, I'm not smart enough to make one!

    How much would it run me? My son is a junior in high school, along with his sisters (yes they are triplets) and the girls just love this for him. He's the one in the red suit at the Texas state Debate competition! Just think how cool he would look with your super cool watch, (I get it I'm old)