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.

  • Shoreham beach


    …Your watch, though it be good, through want of skill
    May fail to do according to your will.
    Suppose the balance, wheels, and springs be good,
    And all things else, unless you understood
    To manage it, as watches ought to be,
    Your watch will still be at uncertainty.
    Come, tell me, do you keep it from the dust,
    Yea, wind it also duly up you must?
    Take heed, too, that you do not strain the spring;
    You must be circumspect in every thing,
    Or else your watch, were it as good again,
    Would not with time and tide you entertain

    from – A Boy and Watchmaker – John Bunyan

  • Beater B2 Green HQ colours British watch


    The colours of HQ. This unusual Beater is most definitely a Rare Thing, being one of a pair. Brutalist steel case with a colour proof dial in turquoise and dark green. If this ticks your boxes then email us sharpish. Price is £3600 in the UK and Europe, £3000 USA, Canada and ROW, free postage too.

    Rare Things

  • Signalman Bare Bones German Silver


    The dial of this Signalman Bare Bones is solid German Silver. The hands are polished and filled with Super-LumiNova C3, the second hand has a red tip and the date is black on a white background. These are the obvious details of the Signalman Bare Bones, the subtlety is in the form, the complex case shape and the angles of the dial, the bead-blast case and the lustre of the surfaces. This model and the different colour varieties are available to post immediately.


    German Silver Bare Bones | Bare Bones article 

  • Daymark wristshot


    I have been asked a few times to sum up the Daymark. I reckon the Daymark sums up Schofield, it is everything that we are in one watch, in one photo of the watch. Other models and products form part of the mosaic of Schofield, representing just a fragment, whether it is of a time or a slice of the design language. The Daymark has it all.
  • Schofield Daymarks in detail


    We have a new feature coming next week. ‘Schofield up close’ is a look at the smaller details, a photographic trip through texture and materials. It will showcase some of the bits you only see as a customer like paperwork and packaging. It won’t be as dull as it sounds as some considerable effort goes into these things. You will find it on our ‘Through the Lens’ Page.



    This Bulletin is dedicated to the Daymark. Our new landmark watch is in production and available online now.


  • Schofield Daymark Case Back


    The Daymark is powered by the famous Swiss ETA 2824 automatic mechanical movement, as seen through the sapphire crystal case back.