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 Post subject: WTB: "unusual" vintage digital clocks (Nixie, Panaplex, etc)
PostPosted: Jul Thu 12, 2018 4:28 am 
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I'm looking for vintage digital clocks that use display technology OTHER than LEDs, and multi-digit VFDs, such as: nixie tubes, panaplex readouts, individual neon bulbs, or even individual VFD tubes (as in, a separate tube per digit).
I know there are plenty of modern Nixie clocks available on eBay, but I am primarily looking for kit and factory built clocks (as described above) made prior to 1990's, which are much harder to come by.

Pictured are the sorts of clocks I am looking for (I already own these exact ones).
Note that I might make an exception for early (pre-1975) LED clocks, if they are interesting enough.
Since I know a lot of you collect vintage electronics in general, I figured it was worth asking in here.


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 Post subject: Re: WTB: "unusual" vintage digital clocks (Nixie, Panaplex,
PostPosted: Jul Thu 12, 2018 5:35 am 
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There's always a few Soviet made Nixie clocks that date from the 70s and 80s on Ebay.

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 Post subject: Re: WTB: "unusual" vintage digital clocks (Nixie, Panaplex,
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The problem with Eastern (and Western) European clocks is that they are setup to run off of 220 volts at 50hz, and since most use the line frequency to drive the timekeeping circuit, it's not just a mater of rewiring them for 120 volts (which is not always possible anyway).
I'm mainly looking for clocks that would be "plug and play" on normal power from a US outlet, but I might make an exception for something really nice.


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 Post subject: Re: WTB: "unusual" vintage digital clocks (Nixie, Panaplex,
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There's got to be at least one person here that has an early digital clock they would be willing to part with.


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 Post subject: Re: WTB: "unusual" vintage digital clocks (Nixie, Panaplex,
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Not a clock, but uses vacuum tube displays;


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 Post subject: Re: WTB: "unusual" vintage digital clocks (Nixie, Panaplex,
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I'll check to see if I still have some homebrew clocks with a binary LED readout. Me and my dad each made one back in the 80's if I had to guess. Another one uses LED strings to simulate the minute and hour hands.


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 Post subject: Re: WTB: "unusual" vintage digital clocks (Nixie, Panaplex,
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Fifties, I'm mainly looking for clocks, but I would make an exception for a calculator with a nice Nixie tube display.

Forumuser, a binary clock would be interesting (plus I don't have one of those yet) and the simulated analog clock sounds interesting as well. I'd like to see pictures of them, if you can locate them.


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 Post subject: Re: WTB: "unusual" vintage digital clocks (Nixie, Panaplex,
PostPosted: Jul Sun 29, 2018 5:18 pm 
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Still looking...

I'm also interested in laboratory and industrial clock from the 70's and earlier.


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 Post subject: Re: WTB: "unusual" vintage digital clocks (Nixie, Panaplex,
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Still looking, bump.


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 Post subject: Re: WTB: "unusual" vintage digital clocks (Nixie, Panaplex,
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I'd be interested in some of the high end Nixie clocks from the early 2000's as well, such as the various Jeff Thomas clocks.


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 Post subject: Re: WTB: "unusual" vintage digital clocks (Nixie, Panaplex,
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Still looking to add to my little clock collection.


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 Post subject: Re: WTB: "unusual" vintage digital clocks (Nixie, Panaplex,
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If you've got an old digital clock with a seconds display, I will probably be interested.


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 Post subject: Re: WTB: "unusual" vintage digital clocks (Nixie, Panaplex,
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50's,

I have several kits you may be interested in. PM sent.

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 Post subject: Re: WTB: "unusual" vintage digital clocks (Nixie, Panaplex,
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Hi 50's,

OK, I've looked, and for now, I can't find anything we discussed. We moved stuff a couple of years ago and now it's nowhere to be found. Sorry. If I find any of the items we discussed via PMs and e-mails for sale, I'll let you know.

Good luck in your hunt!

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 Post subject: Re: WTB: "unusual" vintage digital clocks (Nixie, Panaplex,
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 Post subject: Re: WTB: "unusual" vintage digital clocks (Nixie, Panaplex,
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Here's one. These are great clocks from Heathkit. I've got both models myself. Even though the ad states LED they are the neon displays from Sperry.
https://www.ebay.com/itm/RARE-Old-Vinta ... Sw-lZblxpH

If memory serves this model only came as an alarm clock. There is a predecessor to this, the GC-1092, that had more of "The Jetson's" style, complete with a pedestal stand. That one came in an alarm and calendar model and was probably the first digital clock with battery backup. I believe it used 3 AA NiCads. It also sported a touch sensor for the snooze button.


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 Post subject: Re: WTB: "unusual" vintage digital clocks (Nixie, Panaplex,
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ErikD wrote:
Here's one. These are great clocks from Heathkit. I've got both models myself. Even though the ad states LED they are the neon displays from Sperry.
https://www.ebay.com/itm/RARE-Old-Vinta ... Sw-lZblxpH

I've got one of those (guess I could clean it up a bit, eh eh).


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 Post subject: Re: WTB: "unusual" vintage digital clocks (Nixie, Panaplex,
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Is this something which matches what you are looking for?

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If so, it is here: https://www.shopgoodwill.com/Item/57543422


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 Post subject: Re: WTB: "unusual" vintage digital clocks (Nixie, Panaplex,
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ErikD & Fifties, while I don't have a GC-1094, I do have a GC-1005, which was Heathkit's first digital clock, as well as the more interesting looking GC-1092.

KnobDial, I'm mainly looking for clocks made pre-1975, and that one is a bit later.

The biggest indicator a clock being one I am interested in, is if it displays the seconds, which it seems only the pre-1975 clocks did (I'm sure there are exceptions).


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