No worries -- I must admit that it was an extravagance for me -- but I have never regretted buying it -- if I'm in a room with a guy with a mega-expensive Rolex ... it's my watch people want to look at and talk about...
Sorry, I take back the question, I missed the link in previous paragraph, after browsing David Forbes website for Nixie watch, and reading the history of his project. I am more than perplexed by his passion. I admired someone so driven to perfect his vision of this cool toy.
For been a part time job, I am impressed by the result of his effort.
I will make sure I pass along his URL to my daughters as a present wishlist. ;-)
Hi Rene -- usually the tubes are off (to save power). When you turn your wrist to look at the watch, an internal sensor notes the fact that your wrist is at a 45 degree angle and the tubes light up -- first they flash the 2-digit hour, then they flash the 2-digit minute, then they start flashing / displaying the seconds ... until you turn your wrist away again.
If you unscrew the cover -- there are two small buttons -- one to "set/select" things and one to "advance" -- once you've set it up that's all you have to do until you change the battery...
Max, just curious on the operating of the Nixie watch. In what kind of notation are two digits coded, since I do not see mode knobs/switches?
I like the cool-geek look, but feel intrigued with specs of the time piece.
When I was a callow youth in Rhodesia (which was then involved in what amounted to a civil war) I was in the Police....they had a horse unit and hence a saddlery workshop. You could get the guys there to make you an "anti-terrorist watchstrap" which had a leather strap and cover over the face so it would not glint in the sun and give your position away. I never got near enough to a gook for him to see a flash off my watch, but we all thought we were very cool opening the cover to check the time.
Both of those are very cool. The only problem with the sun dial watch is that, given that I live in the Silicon Rain Forest, up here in Oregon, it would only be useable for the two months out of the year that the sun shines.