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.

  • Bronze beater watch on wrist


    You would not believe it if I told you that the lack of Beater photographs is not because the Telemark is the newest watch but simply because we never have one around to shoot! Every Beater is sold and still there is a waiting list! The patinated Beater shown here has a steel crown with a polished face, engraved with the many concentric circles inspired by Fresnel lenses.


  • Schofield Bronze Beater Case Back


    Every nanometer of our case back designs is considered. If bare metal is left bare then that is because it is meant to be. A design like the BBB2 shown takes weeks to artwork, proof, amend and manufacture. It is much like a mullet – business at the front, party at the back!


  • The Daymark automatic watch in the dark


    • UNDERCURRENTS gets its own website! Visit this secret lair!
    • Even more new entries on the Particulars page.
    • 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.
    • Ask about bespoke watches.
    • Custom pre-built rare thing Beaters have sold!
    • The obscure script from last week’s Pips was Burmese – thank you Mr W!
    • Pic of a Daymark in the dark.
    • The Obscura… to be obscure visit for info.

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

  • Telemark in the snow


    As England struggles with the cold and sometimes staff can’t make it in we press on regardless. Snow makes the world a light-box so there is no excuse for poor photography. When light hits snow it bounces around the crystals and air pockets, some of it reaching our eyes. We perceive it as white because snow does not absorb any particular wavelength and all wavelengths equally mixed make white. The Telemark dial colour is white but not quite. If the dial was (proper) white the watch would look cheap so here it has been muddied a little to give a hint of vintage which also makes it look more like snow. Snow has essentially a non-reflective texture so to emulate this we treated the dials with an extra matt clear-coat lacquer to remove unwanted reflections. That, citizens of style, is cool!


  • Homepage screenshot


    There I was taking pictures of the Telemark in the snow for a new homepage slide when a thought came to me that we should be more explicit regarding the origins of this watch. A whole day of art-working later and, frankly, I smashed it! An utterly superb addition to the homepage slide show. Over half of the initial Telemark batch has sold. We said it would be a limited edition but we have only now settled on a number. I can see that this is kind of crazy as it may sway a purchase but rest assured it is 99. There is no fancy or relevant reason this time other than an internal one of recording parts.


  • Giles Ellis Tokyo

    I’M BACK

    I was away, I was deep inside the underbelly of Tokyo and Osaka, studying the subculture with a Whisky Sour in hand; I think it has changed me 😉 This photo was taken in Grandfather’s jazz bar with a new hat by Japanese brand Dry Bones.


  • Schofield + Cudd DLC Buckle


    Super news! There are three new buckles to talk about. Two Schofield + Cudd varieties, one DLC coated (above) and one brushed steel, both of them featuring a new abbreviated logo. Additionally there is a new DLC Schofield buckle – much the same but with the distorted ‘Lonsdale-style’ logo that graces our brushed buckle. If you are interested drop either Simon or Schofield a line.