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    Aestus - a Nixie watch with custom made nixie tube

    Hi All,

    I am starting a new thread that is just continuing on my previous one: https://forums.watchuseek.com/f77/fir...t-1482449.html

    We have a new design concept that I want to present, and I would appreciate some comments. So far, some people think that it is excellent and some think it is not so good, but this what we have right now. There is some room for improvements, especially in the dial area - we might need to chose different materials or shapes, so any suggestions are welcome.

    Don't look too much at the buckle or strap - they are not fully designed yet. Pushers will be changed too - we might even go for capacitive touch ones.
    As you can see, charging port is changed, it is not USB anymore, we will have magnetic charging cable to be attached on the caseback.

    The size of the case is still big, but not to big: 46mm width, 58mm lugs to lugs, 15mm of total thickness, 24mm strap width.

    Only high quality materials will be used: 316L stainless steel case, sapphire crystal, carbon fiber dial, Italian rubber band or/and a genuine leather strap.

    All internal mechanics are sorted out, electronics and batteries too, and the only thing left is to finalize the tube productions process.

    As for tube production progress, it is still slow, due to very long lead times for any parts that we order (in months :( ). But, we had a major breakthrough last week and that was the last technical obstacle we had, so now I need to wait for couple of months for the new parts to make a new prototype.

    Be patient guys, it is going to happen!



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    Re: Aestus - a Nixie watch with custom made nixie tube

    You did it, fantastic! I've had my fingers crossed for you seeing this one to completion.

    Styling = Yes. I'd wear it in a heartbeat, size = not too bad at all, I've been wearing an Orca today and it seems to be in the same size range as that apart from the lug to lug dimension and that wears very comfortably to the degree that I barely notice it. Truly excellent work on the tubes V, much kudos is due to you duder. And so we come to the question of where do you think the likely price point will be???

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    Nice looking design. It should be quite comfortable to wear.

    Curious that it's almost exactly the same size as my two-digit square Nixie watch that uses old, glass Nixie tubes.

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    Thanks for your comments, guys.

    I just had this case 3D printed and it sits on the wrist pretty nice, even on my thin wrist. I need to do it in stainless steel too, to see is it really good or not, hope I'll manage it soon.

    As for price, I am not sure - I had to improve some of the technologies that I use, some parts I have to source from US instead from China, which makes it five times more expensive. But that is the only way to do it. Many technologies I use are just for military or space applications, so it makes everything very expensive. But, my idea is not to make limited edition of crazily expensive watches, I want to make it affordable enough for the most of the people who would be interested in it.
    So I hope that, at the end, price will not be more than $1500, and if I manage to set it around $1000 I will be satisfied. But it all depends on many factors that I have to calculate in following period.

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    Re: Aestus - a Nixie watch with custom made nixie tube

    That's definitely taking Nixie watches to the next level
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    This mishmash of different designs characteristics IMHO absolutely works! Really liking how the nixie's contrast against that industrial styled case! Will look forward to see where your slight tweaking brings you, but so far so good!

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    Nice case! I would definitely drop in a nice automatic movement and a detailed dial to even make this more beautiful.

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    Re: Aestus - a Nixie watch with custom made nixie tube

    Very cool! Please keep us updated!

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    Re: Aestus - a Nixie watch with custom made nixie tube

    Quote Originally Posted by sgrenald View Post
    Very cool! Please keep us updated!
    Yes what he said

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    Re: Aestus - a Nixie watch with custom made nixie tube

    Here are a couple of updated renders.
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    We have good news regarding the our nixie tube itself - we finally have a fully hermetic tube with all components sealed inside. The lead times for any part of the tube are huge (90+ days) but finally we managed to design, assemble and weld a perfect tube, and to stabilize the production process.
    We are a couple of months away of fully functional prototype.

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