For video above, go to the 2:38 point approximately to see the Nixie in action.
NIXIE: ULTIMATE FASHION WATCH
ACCORDING TO MY INSURANCE POLICY, there’s approx. $12,000 in musical gear somehow lurking around my tiny apartment.
(No, I won’t give you my address.)
So why, when I left the apartment the day after getting my Nixie, was I most anxious about leaving the watch vulnerable?
(Pardon the pictures of business-looking guys wearing the watch on the site. The Nixie is obviously a serious, “make a statement” party watch: doi.)
Nixies are small vacuum tubes created for 1950s computer displays, which is part of what gives the Nixie watch its appeal. Think retro-Atari vibe, but even earlier and more ironically aw350m3. The watches are also hand-made by a guy in Arizona, which means you can’t get them in stores. (Yet.)
The Nixie features 12 or 24-hour time display mode, is easy to set (just unscrew the top case), and the case itself is durable, lightweight aircraft aluminum, hard anodized. An O-ring seal keeps out water, dust and dirt. The strap is a standard 20mm size, available at any fine jeweler. (So you can replace it with one you like better, if you so will; but no one really looks at the strap on this.)
Basically the way the Nixie works is, it flashes the time at a certain angle you pre-set (don’t ask me how this works exactly: you just tap a button to set the angle you like). It flashes hour, then minutes, the seconds, which will tick if you “hold” the watch without moving.
According to Nixie, with daily use the CR2 battery will last 4 months: unless, like me, you keep looking and marveling at it obsessively, in which case it will probably last a few hours. But CR2, 3V batteries only cost a few bucks on Amazon (you can even buy them rechargeable), so don’t fret.
Also, although Nixie B-5870 type tubes are no longer made, there are still plenty around (being that no one really needs them for computers anymore), so broken tubes can be replaced.
Cathode Corner is a very small company run by a buy called David Forbes in Arizona. Basically the Nixie is his hobby, so far. Which means when you buy a Nixie, you’re essentially buying an electronic piece of art.
Honestly, the main function of the watch is to amaze everyone who sees it.
Typical comments from strangers you will hear are: “Woah.” “Amazing.” “Now that is a killer watch.” “Totally, totally sick.”)
I don’t think the watch needs much more hype than that.
(p.s. My favorite part of the video above is where it says the watch is “not for a dainty wrist.” I assure you my wrists couldn’t be much smaller, but I am very comfortable rocking the watch, as well as some other, less amazing, but even bigger watches I own.)