Vintage soviet cold-cathode tubes retro clock


Electronic retro clock with vintage cold-cathode tubes

Made using vintage soviet И-16 tubes

Custom electronics in custom made mulberry case

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Table clock assembled using vintage Soviet IN-16 cold cathode tubes.

The tubes are 1980s vintage – New Old Stock (NOS) – were not used.

Their factory warranty is 5000 hours of operation, but thanks to the protection from cathode poisoning, realized in this clock, the tubes can work for several decades.

The case is made from mulberry wood and covered with wood stain, patina and high-quality polyurethane varnish.



  • Time format: 12/24 time display
  • Indication: hours, minutes
  • Lithium battery backup – keeps time during any power outages
  • Flip over effect (“slot machine”) which extends life of tubes
  • Pendulum effect – running light on dividing points
  • Simple time setting using two buttons
  • Power – 110V & 220V, 50Hz / 60Hz (power adapter included)



Product Dimensions:

Length: 155 mm (6,1″)
Width: 55mm (2,2″)
Height: 80 mm (3,2″)

Weight: 225 g (0.49 pounds)

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Cold cathode display – is an electronic device used for displaying numerals or other information using glow discharge.

The glass tube contains a wire-mesh anode and multiple cathodes, shaped like numerals or other symbols. Applying power to one cathode surrounds it with an orange glow discharge.

The tube is filled with a gas at low pressure, usually mostly neon and often a little mercury or argon, in a Penning mixture. Although it resembles a vacuum tube in appearance, its operation does not depend on thermionic emission of electrons from a heated cathode. It is therefore called a cold-cathode tube (a form of gas-filled tube), and is a variant of the neon lamp. Such tubes rarely exceed 40 °C (104 °F) even under the most severe of operating conditions in a room at ambient temperature.

Vacuum fluorescent displays from the same era use completely different technology—they have a heated cathode together with a control grid and shaped phosphor anodes; cold-cathode tubes have no heater or control grid, typically a single anode (in the form of a wire mesh, not to be confused with a control grid), and shaped bare metal cathodes.