The Black Postmodern Nixie Tube Clock

Average time spent making one


Nuvitron presents the Postmodern Nixie Clock: an electronic work of art

Our skilled artisans are kept locked away in darkened rooms, fed and watered only sparingly until their work is done. They rarely see daylight and this led them to create a clock that was visible in low light conditions as well as daylight. The combination of brand new Nixie tubes from the Cold War era, lovingly handcrafted wooden enclosures and 6 layers of polyurethane, produce a unique Nixie tube clock with a postmodern aesthetic.

Nuvitron rescued new Nixie tubes from dark, damp, long abandoned basements in hollowed out mountains in the old Soviet Union. Parachuting in, James Bond style, under cover of night – ahem, we wish! But the Nixie tubes that we use are actually new components, originally intended for use in military applications during the Cold War. We’re all friends now though (discuss…) and it’s fitting that these Nixie tubes are given new life, housed in an elegant, postmodern enclosure. This one is painted Black, like the dark night of the soul.

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Nixie Tubes

Old-School Electronics

Retro technology from the Cold War era

Nixie tubes lie at the heart of our Nixie tube clocks and also give it its name. The tubes were manufactured decades ago in the former Soviet Union with the intention of being used in military equipment for purposes that are probably best left unsaid.

The tubes we use are brand new and we rescued them from a potential life of mass destruction to offer them a peaceful future. Nixie tubes are the ancestors of LEDs but much, much cooler.

Numeric Indicator Experimental Nº1. That is how the Nixie name was born. A simple and elegant solution to meet the need of a numerical display. This technology was developed by an american company called Burroughs Corporation in the mid fifties.

The History of Electronics

State Of The Art Electronics

A tribute to the basis of modern technology

The R&D facilities at Nuvitron are the modern equivalent of the alchemist labs of days gone by. Back then, wizards with long beards sweated over bubbling and steaming cauldrons in a vain attempt to turn base metals into gold.

Many of our wizards are similarly bearded and some of them do sweat a lot but the real difference is that they do succeed in turning base materials into gold; taking vintage technology, combining it with modern electronics and turning it into gold by clothing it in beautiful, handcrafted wooden enclosures, now available online for the discerning consumer.

A Wealth of Experience in a Clock

Design And Craftsmanship

Each Black Postmodern Nixie tube clock takes more than 30 hours of work

There are no mass-produced, robot-made items here. Our postmodern enclosures are all hand made by skilled artisans and each one takes over 30 hours to create.

CAs if that wasn’t enough, we then use a polyurethane finish to protect the wood. This isn’t a stack-em-high-sell-‘em-cheap philosophy. It’s more of a don’t-stack-‘em-at-all-sell’-em-at-a-price-that-reflects-the-love-and-care-that-have-gone-into-‘em, type philosophy, if you will. (But we’ll understand if you won’t.)

Additional information

Weight 2 lbs
Dimensions 13 × 7 × 7 in


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