The Six Pips Chronicles

Every week at 8:15 PM we send out an email; five images and a little text to keep you in the loop. If you would like to sign-up to receive the Six Pips bulletin please click here – Schofield news bulletin sign-up. The content of these pages contain an archive of observations and forecasts, watchmaking, British commentary, Sussex beauty, manufacture, engineering, design, poetry and amusement. Schofield executes all it does by thinking and the Six Pips is no exception. We are proud to be a very British watch company.

Why The Six Pips?

The Greenwich Time Signal (GTS), popularly known as the pips, is a series of six short tones broadcast at one-second intervals by many BBC Radio stations.

The proposal for a time signal came from one Frank Hope-Jones in a radio talk in April 1923. It was agreed that broadcasting the Greenwich Standard Time with a chronometer at the Royal Observatory tripping a switch at five seconds to the hour to create those iconic pips – using a 1kHz oscillator. The time signal was first broadcast at 9.30 p.m. on 5 February 1924.

There are six pips (short beeps) in total, which occur on the 5 seconds leading up to the hour and on the hour itself. Each pip is a 1 kHz tone (about halfway between musical B5 and C6) the first five of which last a tenth of a second each, while the final pip lasts half a second. The actual moment when the hour changes – the “on-time marker” – is at the very beginning of the last pip.

Our weekly bulletin is made up of five short posts and a snippets section outlining minor news.

  • boat Schofield

    A BOAT

    O beautiful
    was the werewolf
    in his evil forest.
    We took him
    to the carnival
    and he started
    when he saw
    the Ferris wheel.
    green and red tears
    flowed down
    his furry cheeks.
    He looked
    like a boat
    out on the dark
    Richard Brautigan, “A Boat” from The Pill Versus the Springhill Mine Disaster. Copyright © 1968 by Richard Brautigan.


  • Daymark in the box


    Daymarks are where it is at, let me tell you why; iconic Schofield case shape, classic Schofield colour way, high contrast legibility in low or obscured light conditions (see above image), powerful lume for night-time reading, sapphire crystals front and back and a robust and reliable automatic, mechanical, Swiss movement. The Daymark is riddled with charming details like the pink surrounds to the hour markers, the serious second hand with a luminescent counterpoise, a crown we could talk about all day and a dial with such symmetry and discreet branding that it smacks of Schofield. Now all you need to do is choose one of our 32 different straps to put it on!

  • Three Schofield drivers


    We never stop thinking about how we can close the gaps so we offer a complete solution to a small inconvenience that we deliberately built in. Changing the straps is not the easiest we admit that, so to compensate we have developed Lug Protection stickers to minimise scratching and we now have these drivers that are pre-ground to fit precisely into the strap screw heads. They have a military specification passivated finish where the black driver is for changing buckles and pushing the strap bar out and the two green ones are for removing the straps from the case. Sold as a set of three.

  • Toots! Coffee


    Roasted in Sussex by our friend and collaborator Tom Osbourne of Craft House Coffee. Toots! is Jazz in a cup, morning Jazz and evening Jazz. It took Tom and I a month to develop as he would interpret my requirements into a roasting profile that could be used time and time again. Does anybody know who we should speak to in Waitrose? M&S?
  • Glowing Rings and coffee


    Now let’s just put all the above into context – coffee, spinning tops, glow rings for carbon fibre watches, lighthouses, cigars, knives and heritage fabrics, whistles, horn buttons, screwdrivers, tritium inserts, cricket bats and leather, whiskey, rum and fountain pens! These tangents to our core business of watches is not sophisticated marketing but is all stuff we are passionate about, we cannot help getting excited about all that’s excellent in the world. So on that note keep reading as our line of tangents is expanding…


    Mr R sent in his entry to the Win a Daymark competition. The Aldeburgh Tower is the largest and most northerly of a chain of defences built to defend us from Napoleonic threat. Constructed in the shape of a quatrefoil for four heavy guns, nearly a million bricks were used in its construction. This tower sits on the narrow shingle spit of the otherworldly Orford Ness, separating the North Sea from the River Alde.

    See some other entries on the dedicated Instagram page…@schofield_daymark_competition

    Go to our competition page for details of the rules, the judging and the prize and please share it with your chums 🙂


  • Signalman Bare Bones Hands on head


    We have so much to talk about that even a weekly bulletin of 5 posts is barely enough. Regarding the Signalman Bare Bones, we have all colours in stock and I have to say there are not a whole lot left of the limited production. This design is effectively an artists-proof of a production model we may produce later this year. Pictured here is the Schofield ‘All We Make is Treasure’ chore jacket and a blue dialled Signalman Bare Bones on the blue/grey suede strap.