We have designed these nixie clock to pay homage to the era which birthed the Nixie. These clocks will not play music, take your temperature or connect to the Internet. What they will do is display the time, beautifully and simply. These clocks feature new, old stock space-race era Russian Nixie tubes. “Pandicon” clock uses exclusively tested NOS (new old stock) tubes from stocks of past decades.

The numbers glow soft orange in blown glass tubes. Setting the time is accomplished simply by pressing the two buttons hidden on the back, one for hours and one for minutes. “Pandicon” desktop clocks are exclusively made in Russia. Each clock is a unique piece of art.

In our store you can buy also nixie clock kits: IN-14 kit, IN-4 kit, IN-16 kit, IN-8-2 kit, IN-12 kit, nixie thermometer kit IN-14+IN-19A.

Technical Data:

Clock in exclusive body made from a single piece of stainless steel. The numbers in the Nixies are about 18mm tall. The time is displayed in standard 24-hour format on the 4 Tube clocks.

Clocks uses 5V DC power from USB and can be connected to your PC or to the 220/110VAC via power adapter.

The matching clock electronics components are at the highest technical level . For example, the heart of time keeping is an extremely accurate RTC quartz with automatic temperature compensation and an accuracy of <10 sec / year!

HISTORY OF THE NIXIE TUBE

Nixie tubes were originally developed in 1952 by the Haydu brothers for the Burroughs Corporation as the precursor to the computer monitor. The name "Numerical Indicator experimental: NIX-i" was first a working acronym belonging to the Burroughs company but became the common name for these readouts. From the early 1950's to the 1970's Nixie tubes were the dominant display service. Later they were supplanted by LED displays and are quite rare today! They found their way into everything from test equipment over early computers to aerospace and submarines or the display of the New York stock exchange. While LED's are technically more advanced, their aesthetics leave something to be desired. A Nixie's digits consist of ten thin metal electrodes that are individually formed and can easily incorporate uneven curves and skew lines. The only technical flaw is based on the fact that the digits are stacked in front of each other; this causes tiny gaps where they are shadowed by the digits in front of it. Ironically, they were hardly used as clock displays. Over recent years their popularity has increased dramatically due to their unusual appearance and historical value. In essence they are like miniature neon signs with a warm, comforting orange/violet glow. Nixie clocks have become very popular as a way to bring these devices 'out of the dark'.

HOW THE NIXIE TUBE WORKS

Each glass tube typically contains 10 or more individual cathode wires in the shape of numbers or letters. The cathodes are stacked so that different numerals appear at different depths, unlike a planar display in which all numerals are on the same plane relative to the viewer. The anode is a transparent metal mesh wrapped around the front of the display. The tube is filled with the inert gas neon (and other gases) with a small amount of mercury. When an electric potential of 120 to 180 volts DC is applied between the anode and any cathode, the gas near the cathode breaks down and the digit spreads it's wonderfull glow.

Once utilized primarily in research and military equipment, Nixies are now prized for their modern aesthetic.

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