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Tuesday
Apr122016

The New 2016 Square Nixie Watch

Back in 2010 I bought a Nixie watch from Cathode Corner. This was something that I had wanted to own for a couple of years, but it was also a considerable amount of money for me to spend, and really far more than I could sensibly afford at the time. 

In hindsight though, buying that watch turned out to be one of the best investments I've made. The (amateurish) video I made about it has now been seen by well over a million people and has helped to introduce many new subscribers to the channel.

The idea I could buy something that I couldn't really afford to feature in a video and hope to pay for it over time using the ad revenue has shaped the way the channel has been run ever since. My slightly rash decision to buy that watch late one night has by now paid dividends, and also created a connection between myself and the watch creator, David from Cathode Corner. 

So when the time came for David to present his new square Nixie Watch to the world, he turned to me to make a new video, and you can see this below. As six years have elapsed between the two videos I'd like to think that this one is considerably less amateurish (and it's now in 4K).

It is moments like this that really make all the effort worthwhile.

For more information about the Nixie watch - visit CathodeCorner.

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Reader Comments (6)

Hi Mat, a cool but pricey watch - definitely for the hardcore geeks amoung us.

But loved the video...none the less

As always thanks for listening...

Daz :0)

April 12, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterDaz

I'd expect that less than one in five thousand people that see the video will decide to buy one, but they'll still have trouble meeting this demand, There's a lot of people with a lot of money out there - they tend to keep it very quiet, and spend it without making a big fuss. The people who tell others what they are or aren't buying definitely won't be the people who end up with one of these watches.

I thought this video turned out well too, but for such a short video it was a massive hassle to edit and voiceover. Less than ten minutes of video for four days work.

April 12, 2016 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

I love my Nixie clock. I got one similar to the model you posted on here several years ago. I get numerous comments on it each week.

Great display piece.

April 13, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterChris

as always - big thanks.
really enjoyed the video bout the nixie watch - and had a good laugh bout the puppet clip at the end.
right to the point - adore your sense of humor.

April 19, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterOliver

Hi Mat...
I have a round Nixi watch and love it! I'm considering purchasing a square Nixi watch. Since this design is so new. Can you tell me how yours has been holding up?

May 20, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterMark

It's great. I've been alternating with my other watches, but I've been wearing it for a couple of months now without any issues. David at Cathode Corner tells me he's sold quite a few watches since the video too.

May 22, 2016 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

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