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Max The Magnificent
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Max The Magnificent   7/27/2012 3:57:53 PM
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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...

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ReneCardenas   7/27/2012 3:50:12 PM
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Max, 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. ;-)

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Max The Magnificent   7/27/2012 3:15:55 PM
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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...

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ReneCardenas   7/27/2012 3:10:28 PM
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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.

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Max The Magnificent   7/27/2012 1:56:48 PM
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@"I often think a bit of military experience [...] would do a lot of them good." I'm all for it so long as I don't have to do it :-)

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David Ashton   7/26/2012 10:51:46 PM
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My childhood was pretty sheltered Max, fairly idyllic in fact. And when I look at a lot of today's youth I often think a bit of military experience (even without a war...) would do a lot of them good.

Max The Magnificent
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Max The Magnificent   7/26/2012 4:07:15 PM
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As I grow older I realize just how sheltered was my childhood

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David Ashton   7/25/2012 11:32:41 PM
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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.

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Max The Magnificent   7/25/2012 9:52:51 PM
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But you would look so "Crocodile Dundee" ... and you can't put a price on "cool"

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Duane Benson   7/25/2012 9:50:33 PM
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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.



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