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.

  • SIGNALMAN BARE BONES GERMAN SILVER AND ROSE GOLD

    BARE BONES ROSE AND GERMAN

    Here we have the rose gold dialled Signalman Bare Bones on a bamboo suede strap and the German Silver dialled Bare Bones on blue/grey suede. All watches and straps are available for immediate postage 🙂 With any of our watches the strap accompanying it is your choice.

  • SIGNALMAN BARE BONES BLUE AND YELLOW

    BARE BONES BLUE AND GOLD

    In this photo we have the blue dialled Bare Bones on bamboo suede and the yellow gold on blue/grey suede. These watches come in a super lovely Rare Things specific ash box and all the Signalman Bare Bones have the special edition Rare Things case backs.
     
  • Mr A Competition entry

    SCHOFIELD’S WIN A DAYMARK COMPETITION

    The Win a Daymark Competition is utterly awesome, many of the entries have made it to our new Instagram account already – visit @schofield_daymark_competition

    This image was sent in by Mr A of Trevose Head lighthouse in Cornwall.

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

     
  • Brighton mist

    BRIGHTON MARINA

    Our very own Mr W is a tip-top photgrapher and the thing to remember is that your competition entry has to be better than a Schofield image – surely? Mr W’s images feature on the new Instagram page, hopefully they will provide inspiration 🙂

    SCHOFIELD COMPETITION | COMPETITION INSTAGRAM

  • Brighton pier

    A NEW COMPETITION

    Schofield competitions are a wild ride but worth the stress and effort because our prizes are truly epic! As a celebration of our new Daymark watch we are offering a chance to win one. Full details will come by way of a Sunday-Supplement-Bulletin and details on our competition webpage. Keep a look out for it. Pass it on to your chums and persuade them to sign up to said Bulletin. This competition promises to be simple and accessible for all 🙂
  • Daymark glowing

    NIGHT MARKS – THE DAYMARK IN THE DARK

    Designed for the day, designed for the night. Lume should look awesome. Especially when Schofield has a fixation with lighthouses, daymarks, lenses, beacons, torches, light and shadow… the list goes on. We use Super-LumiNova C3 for max power. Incidentally as we like to inform our Pips readers first and foremost, the Daymark officially falls into a watch family called the Markers. Hmm…

  • Signalman Bare Bones on Bamboo Suede strap

    SHE’S SOMETHING

    A Signalman Bare Bones German Silver on a Bamboo suede strap, what a combo! This watch can take any strap as can the silver rhodium coloured Bare Bones. It is a small detail but when you can colour them up with just a strap the world’s your oyster!