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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.
Those wondrous expressions of Bare Boneiness. The Signalman Bare Bones is a super limited range of watches with so few remaining and those who own these bold watches utterly cherish and value them. Following on from the above post the dials are especially shifty, sometimes this colour sometimes that. There is no doubt that the price of these can make your eyes water, a dial with no logo, numbers, an ETA movement! But as many of you know we price from the bottom up, the dial we made in low numbers (less than 5 per colour), the cases have a new bevelled bezel, they are finished with a Tag Heuer media kit and case backs are lasered with our RT design (Rare Things). Don’t dilly-dally, enquire now… 🙂SWC
A photo from our friends Watches Of Instagram. The Daymark seen here on the Schofield Strap Kit. A legendary piece of watch-related paraphernalia! A new run of strap kits is coming in next week so if you have been waiting now is the time to pounce! The Daymark is strapped to a grey Washi. Washi is WASHable (waterproof) leather from Italy.SWC
“It is to be noted that when any part of this paper appears dull there is a design in it.” – Richard SteelSWC
- 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 Chris Mann from the already famous watch podcast and meet-up collective called Time 4 a Pint. He and The Watch Nerd came down to HQ for frenetic chats and podcast recordings. Go to https://www.time4apint.com. I will be live soon…
A super rare shagreen watch strap on the super rare Signalman Bare Bones. The Shagreen strap you will notice has not a stitch on it because the needle would break upon hitting the extremely hard dermal denticles. Dermal denticles or placoid scales cover the skin of elasmobranchs (sharks and rays) and each one is like a little tooth covered in enamel. When the skin is tanned into leather it is known as shagreen. These hides are not CITES protected. We only have one shagreen watch strap left in regular size… This German Silver dialled BB watch is also the last one.SWC
The Heroes was last week’s Pips title for the Telemark but it seems perfectly apt for the Daymark too. It is my hero and I love it. Proper hands, a tidy dial, lots of detail but little ornament. Seen here on the grey Washi strap.SWC