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.

  • Schofield Bronze Beater


    Woah! Just how completely utterly cool is this watch? It is so nice to photograph and wear and tell the time by! Shown here on a classic Clayton leather brown strap lined in India Rubber.
  • Jalaka Phone Stand


    I hear myself saying to Mr C when he schemes his schemes. He tells me of these awesome this and thats and I say, sounds good. Schofield + Cudd is expanding into small wonders that oil life’s wheels – unrelated to watches or even Schofield but most definitely related to photography, cars and beards even, Simon Cudd in a nutshell. Anyway this perfectly formed little rose gold thingy is for adhering to the back of your phone. Pull out the little telescopic legs and voila! – a stand, bipod, grip. Available in other colours, email us at to reserve one before it makes it online…
  • Schofield SalonQP

    SALONQP 2017

    It is a big watch show.
    Schofield will be exhibiting.
    Schofield and Cudd will be exhibiting.
    Others will too.
    The whole of the Saatchi Gallery in London is dedicated to this show.
    It runs from Thursday evening to Saturday morning, November the 2nd to the 4th.
    It’s quite posh, people dress up.
    There is alcohol, people drink quite a lot of it.
    There are billions of pounds worth of watches to see.
    When you get bored The King’s Road is where there are other things to see.
    You won’t get bored because we are there.
    Bring a bag – we have small bags of coffee to give you.
    We have watches and straps to give you too – if you pay!
  • Crusty Bronze


    What happens to your Bronze Beater, raw or patinated? Sometimes nothing, perhaps darker patches, green crust or natural polishing of the extremities. It is a gamble but not a risk. You could brush it back to raw metal, you could clean it with soap and water. Nothing will phase the Bronzer Beater 🙂 It can take a bea…
    (you did not hear that from us).
  • Grave in Sussex


    • Schofield at SALONQP 2017! Showing many watches and accessories. Get tickets here.
    • Schofield + Cudd at SALONQP 2017! Showing straps and buckles – many very limited.
    • Fish Guts fountain pen ink, buckles and new straps online.
    • Bronze Beaters B2s are selling very well with a 50% split between force-patinated and raw finishes.
    • BBB2 has still not made it to the website as we are fulfilling Pips subscribers orders first.
    • We celebrate one year of Toots! coffee by drinking some.
    • The pic is of a gravestone residing in the graveyard of the smallest church in Sussex.
  • Mustard OMI strap


    The OMI straps are in stock and online. Three colours designed to compliment any Schofield watch, Mustard, Grey and Black. They are water resistant and dyed with natural substances like ash and camomile. They are colour-fast and tough. The lining is a bright pink calf leather The keeper keep close ribbon is red.
  • Fish Guts fountain pen ink


    4 years ago we first mixed Fish Guts ink to accompany our fountain pen. Every pen came with a bottle of this dark teal ink. The pen has long sold out but the ink we have never stopped using. Now for the first time (don’t ask why?) it is available to buy online along with its partner highlighting ink called Orange Indicator. Both the Schofield inks are made in England and bottled in fine Italian glass with engraved phenolic lids.