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.

  • Daymark crown side


    The crown is a double o-ring pull-out type and the case is notched to accommodate your nail. The crown engraving is the unicode map symbol for a lighthouse and is a little device we have been using in various ways for many years.
  • Daymark case finish


    The case is stainless steel and a one-piece construction, no easy feat! Vapour blasted giving a completely uniform egg shell, low sheen finish.
  • Daymark Box


    A black-stained Ash box with many details such as the gold-foiled paperwork that sits inside the lid. Seen here is ‘Schofield rain’, a repeat pattern made from our beam of light logo.

  • Giles Ellis wearing a Daymark


    It is not often we post pics of the team but I was gifted a new pipe and wanted to share it with you. I dislike the stereotypical  combination of whisky, beard, tattoos and at the extreme end of hipster – a pipe. But I like all those things so let’s swap the dram for a Daymark (we are not allowed to drink at work anymore) and we have the whole happy picture. Very occasionally I will smoke a cigar but I am less confident with a pipe and have already burnt my eyelashes! Practice makes perfect.

  • Daymark wrist watch by english watch company Schofield


    We can’t take them off, wearing Daymarks wherever we go. It is a killer watch that gets comments when out and about, flashes of pink from the perimeter of a dead flat dial. High contrast hands designed for legibility in all lights, the subtlest of branding – it is obviously Schofield.
  • Carbon Fibre Watches


    The Morta case of our Blacklamp carbon watch has a story well-told and one that is far from over. The Blacklamp as a watch is a platform for innovation and allows us to let our hair down, taking the odd design risk. The glowing ring, the jewel in the crown, the carbon fibre matrix, the textures, colours and surfaces come together to make quite an unusual little treasure.
  • Michael Morris Ladyfinger Knife


    Yesterday I cut an apple with a Ladyfinger. The night before I opened an Asahi and this morning I wait for the post. The bottle top scratches, the apple stains the blade and this is good. Many of you who own a Ladyfinger will appreciate that with the right tool the job becomes a pleasure. The tools of daily life that age with us, anchoring us to a point in time. 
    The Ladyfinger is made for us by master knife smith Michael Morris of Michigan, USA. He makes his own Ladyfinger but the blade is thinner and without the Farriers file markings on the side. We asked for a thicker blade where the file markings now show. The Schofield Ladyfinger is in stock…