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NIWA Nixie tube watch – Kickstarter

NIWA – original round wristwatch using Nixie tubes for displaying time


NIWA is a nixie tube wristwatch which displays time using vintage Nixie tube and modern technologies. Case is made of solid machined aluminium (polished or painted).  The tubes produces no noise or heat, uses very little energy and is the most beautiful way of displaying time. 

Our team was working on this project for almost 2 years before the final prototype was ready and fully tested. It uses a gyro sensor to display time and save power. So it will light up only when you need to display time. After tests we chosen the most powerful and compact phone battery, IN-16 Nixie tubes were the most stable working tubes. We understand that this technologies are complicated and this tubes are really hard to find. We decided to provide a lifetime warranty for watch and all it’s components. And you can enjoy the Nixie tubes really warm and unusual shine and it’s design will help you stand out of the crowd.

NIWA Nixie tube watches has two very distinctive features that are bound to impress who love innovative and eye-catching watches. First, the NIWA watch’s unusual and eye-catching look sets it apart from the thousands of other watches available in the market currently. Designed using high quality and reliable materials the NIWA watch takes the steampunk watch look to a whole new level. Secondly, the nixie tubes or old cathode display brings back the much-loved retro technology from the 70’s and 80’s.

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