Retro technology from the Cold War era
Nixie tubes lie at the heart of our Vintage Nixie Clock 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. Produced under strict military specifications, the tubes were designed to last for a very long time.
Each fascinating Nixie tube is equipped with a wire-mesh anode and multiple cathodes, shaped like numerals. Once a high voltage is applied to one of these number “cathodes,” the gases ionize, or in other words, they get visibly excited, causing the surroundings of the number to glow. The Penning Mixture, a mix of Neon and Argon, give them their warm, orange glow.
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.
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. Unlike the bearded wizards of yore, however, our similarly bearded artists are successful in turning base materials into gold. For the Vintage Nixie Clock, they rescued vintage technology, combined it with modern electronics and clothed it in a beautiful, handcrafted wooden enclosure with three unique designs.
To preserve the lifespan of each Nixie tube, Nuvitron designed a special circuit board that works below its operational point. By programming random number sequences for each passing minute, we further extended the tubes’ durability and caused all the digits to light up evenly.
Most importantly, to guarantee that the timepiece functions flawlessly in all the four corners of the world, we equipped it with a DC adapter that can operate on 110/220V at 50,60Hz.
An Art deco piece of history
Design And Craftsmanship
Each Vintage Nixie Tube clock takes more than 30 hours of work
There are no mass-produced, robot-made items here. Our art deco enclosures are all hand made by skilled artisans. Each one takes over 30 hours to create and there are no two Vintage Nixie Tube Clocks alike.
In the manufacturing process, we use beautiful wood grains of Teak from renewable forests, which we hand glue and sand for a smooth finish. As if that wasn’t enough, we then use linseed oil to nourish and protect the wood.
The final result is a timepiece that blends with the environment and stands out for its charm. Profoundly inspired by the Art Deco philosophy, the Vintage Nixie Tube Clock is a powerful, imposing device with a classy touch.