How cool does it get? The Nixie watch!

This is incredible. Do you remember the pre-LED digital indication from the sixties? These were called Nixie tubes and were glass-vacuum tubes with numbers displayed on different layers of elements inside.

Nixie Watch

Now a company called ‘Cathode Corners’ – as far as I can find out, pretty much a one man show by David Forbes, based in Tuscon Arizona – is using the smallest available of these tubes in a wrist watch.

The Cathode Corner Nixie Watch is a two-digit wristwatch, easy to read and a perfect way to show your retro-geek cred. It is water resistant and rugged. The case is machined from aircraft aluminum and hard anodized to handle years of abuse and still look great.

The watch requires no button-pushing to operate. Just hold the watch at your standard viewing angle, and the hours, then the minutes, will appear in 14mm tall, glowing orange digits.

Find more information (like movies) and the possibility to order this extraordinary timepiece (US$ 395.=) at

One Response to How cool does it get? The Nixie watch!

  1. Mark Carson on March 28, 2012 at 02:45

    The first electronics desktop calculators used these tubes for display (and I’m old enough to remember them when they were the hot new technology). My dad had a calculator with these tubes and that was my transition from mechanical adding machines to electronic calculators.

    Thanks for the story and link. This is definitely on my wish list (for me that is).