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 and this is our history of watchmaking.

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.

  • Obscura

    OBSCURE (A)

    A sneaky peek of the Obscura®, just a peek, no details unless you email and beg.

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  • Schofield Obscura B

    OBSCURE (B)

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  • Schofield Telemark Watch

    TELEMARKATIONS

    So what happens if you decide the Telemark® is worth your money. You could either buy it on the website, pay for it with pretty much any card including Amex, use PayPal or do a bank transfer. You could email us or phone in and we can go through the above. Once this is done and email confirmations are sent we then send you a little welcome gift and letter along with a paper receipt. The following day (UK) you will receive your watch, delivered generally by UPS or DHL. If you live abroad then tracking details are provided and your watch is delivered shortly after. All watch deliveries are free of charge worldwide.

    SCHOFIELD TELEMARK

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  • Schofield Daymark Dark

    DAYMARK DARK!

    Last week’s announcement of a possible Daymark® Dark caused small ripples in the minds of Citizens of Style. A watch that is more than the sum of its parts. The ceramic coating on the case is beautiful and tactile. If you would like to know more or put your name to one, pop us an email and we will tell you how it goes.

    SCHOFIELD MARKERS

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  • Strap Kits

    UNDERCURRENTS 276!

    • UNDERCURRENTS gets its own website! Visit this secret lair!
    • New DLC buckles have arrived – ask us.
    • Accessories are gone but not forgotten. However if you had your heart set on something let us know – we still have some bits.
    • Thinking about adding a Daymark Dark to the Markers family.
    • The Obscura… to be obscure visit Undercurrents.info for info.
    • Pic is of NEW Strap Kits. If this legendary piece of watch related paraphernalia is yet to make your acquaintance then act now 🙂 Strap Kit

    “It is to be noted that when any part of this paper appears dull there is a design in it.” – Richard Steel

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  • Daymark pink buckets

    IT SHOULD BE SAID

    I was in conversation with somebody over the subject of product generosity; a product that keeps giving not a person who gives products. What makes a piece of design generous? Constantly delighting the owner over a period of time longer than and in comparison to a product that thrills upon un-boxing and a short duration thereafter? I would argue that a Rolex GMT Master for example, once received does little to delight the owner a year after purchase other than the basic functions of looking cool, telling the time, feeling heavy, getting looks etc… Is it because the design is so well accepted and is part of our zeitgeist or is it lacking in some way? I am in no way slighting this particular masterpiece simply drilling down into an important part of design perdurance. The next question would be, do you need complexity to offer the chance to discover new details in design? I would say not. The Daymark is not a complicated watch yet describing it as an animated, living design, with crevices for shadows and bevels for highlights, surfaces and textures that flash and flare light and colour, would not be far from the truth. Further, it has hands that align and create windows, powerful lume, a crystal that is domed, a crown that is brushed and a case like eggshell. And, of course the story. A narrative that supports the design, is in our humble opinion, a good example of product generosity.

    SCHOFIELD DAYMARK

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  • Schofield Beater Bare Bones

    CUSTOM BEATERS

    Here we have a full Brutalist steel Beater with one of the very last original enamel dials, further customised with a B2 brushed bronze hand set featuring the Sign-o-Life centre seconds. Loving the pink suede strap too, what a combo!

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