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We want to make a awesome Nixie wrist watch available for everyone.
We want to make a awesome Nixie wrist watch available for everyone.
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About this project.

Nixoid and Glower are tube wristwatches, which uses are symbol tubes IN-16 and IV-9 to display time. This is collaboration of rare components and modern electronics. We fill the old Nixie tubes with a new life.

The watches use unique indicator lamps IN-16 and IV-9 manufactured in the USSR. Nobody knows that the lamps produced in the USSR are the most reliable, have the thickest glass and are very resistant to vibrations, because they were developed for use in the military industry. We broke a lot of indicator lamps from different manufacturers, such as the USA, Germany or Japan, and we can say for sure that you will make the right choice by choosing a clock on Soviet-made lamps. We use only new lamps, from old military warehouses.

Products are very technological inside, the printed circuit boards of the clocks have been designed to provide all the reliability requirements. More than 10 different prototypes of watches were assembled and tested before we came to what you see. Each lamp is selected individually, based on the emmission parameters or diameter of the glass bulb.


 Nixoid use IN-16 nixie tubes to display the time. Specifically for the Nixoid clock we develop an algorithm for synchronous ignition of lamps and anti-poisoning of cathodes, so the resource of the IN-16 indicators increased several times and the viewing of the time became more beatiful.  Nixoid high voltage generation system has a power reserve of 3.57 times, it is very reliable. Specifically for the Nixoid we develop dynamic backlight charging battery level. When the battery is 100% charged, tubes has backlight like nuclear color, during use backlight slowly stay a green color.

Nixoid specs:

  • Time format: 12/24 hour;
  • Date format: DD/MM/YY;
  • Battery: built-in rechargeable lithium-polymer, nonremovable, 220mAh;
  • Power supply: 5V DC;
  • Connection: micro-USB;
  • Operating temperature; 0 to +50c / 32 to 122F;
  • Dimensions: diameter is 55mm, height is 20mm;
  • Strap: 22mm, fully compatible with Gear S3 straps or any 22mm straps.

 You can charge wristwatch via any computer or notebook with USB port. Special charging system keep battery stronger for a long time. During charging, you can turn on the time display mode by simply pressing the button. Nixod autonomity is perfect! From one charge the watch works more than 20 days of normal use and more than 2 months in standby mode. And even if the battery is discharged to 0%, you do not need to adjust the time again, only charge it!

Watch case made from ABS plastic. It does not rust and not amenable to acids. The case is strong and elastic. Each case is handled entirely by hand, passing all the stages - sanding, priming, painting. Every wristwatch is unique.

Wristwatch is desighned for everyday wear, so it are light, compact and work for a long time.


Glower use IV-9 numitron tubes to display the time. Small filaments are glow in NOS gas. It is look very futuristic. It is a new thing in tube wristwatches era. This watch small and very light. Glower watches use narrowly specialized microcircuits for controlling the filaments in the numitron IV-9 tubes, which made it possible to simplify the clock circuit and reduce the current consumption. We add battery percentage in menu, only long press a button and you can see the information about battery.

Glower specs:

  • Time format: 12/24 hour;  
  • Date format: DD/MM/YY;  
  • Battery: built-in rechargeable lithium-polymer, nonremovable, 200mAh;  
  • Power supply: 5V DC;  
  • Connection: micro-USB;
  • Operating temperature; 0 to +50c / 32 to 122F;  
  • Dimensions: diameter is 49mm, height is 18mm;  
  • Strap: 22mm, fully compatible with Gear S3 straps or any 22mm straps.

 During charging, Glower visualise cool effect on a tubes. You can turn on the time display mode by simply pressing the button. Full time of battery charging is above 50 minutes.

  From one charge the watch works more than 14 days of normal use and more than 2 months in standby mode. 


 Strap customization.

Even such a stylish and unusual gadget, like a clock itself looks less impressive than with the bracelet or strap. Besides data accessories greatly increase usability. The main feature of this enhancement is that it provides a tube clock dense touching the wrist of its owner. Produce such straps are mostly of silicone is the elastic material that has high strength. Nice strap reflects heat hands when playing sports active perspiration does not affect the condition of the strap and not ruin it. The main functionality of such straps, quick replace. In these models, there are two basic strap in two colors - black and red.

But we have prepared a couple of colors for Nixoid and Glower. For you green and blue straps will perfectly blend in with your wardrobe. 


If you support us.

You will receive:

  • Wristwatches Nixoid IN-16 or Glower IV-9;
  • Power micro-USB cable;
  • Cool operating manual for watch;
  • Box wrapped in our Nixoid paper.

You can shoose one of following color straps (red, black, blue, green) for any watch, 12\24 hour firmware for any watch, PCB color for Nixoid (red, blue, green, black), PCB color for Glower (black, blue) and  backlight color (blue, yellow, green, red) for Glower watch.

We really love our product and want to make it better. In future we want to make cool wristwatches with VFD tubes. If you support us, we do this.

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Risks and challenges

Dear backers, we hasten to assure you that we are all ready to start the project. All parts are purchased and ready for the assembly process of the watch. We guarantee you fast shipments and will try to answer all your questions within 24 hours.

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