J. M. De Cristofaro used an ex-Soviet IVL2-7/5 VFD tube as the core for his Cyberpunk Wristwatch, which adds steampunk notes in the form of a brass “roll cage” around the tube.
It’s all tied together with a wide, butch leather cuff that serves as a watch-strap.
I love this thing so much, but hasten to point out that it’s still far from my ideal impractical sovkitsch watch, which would use tiny contrafactual Nixie tubes whose alphabetical characters were in the Cyrillic alphabet, and would display the time in seconds since Epoch, expressed in hexadecimal… More at boingboing.
Isn’t that amazing? No, it’s quite awful…