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.

  • Telemark Zero case back graphic


    From time to time we make unique watches that get snapped up quickly by Schofield collectors, a particular build combination would be just the thing for someone so they would be compelled to act. Now we are seeing an increase in the number of bespoke watches requested. For example, we are currently making a Daymark Dark, a Father and Sons Beater and a Telemark Zero. Above is the case back design for the Telemark Zero, a highly modified watch with many unique components. If there is something specific you would like let us know.


  • Giles Ellis wearing cap


    What? Bling? We are not that kind of brand! How dare you? Could we have been when we made the polished Signalman? It was shiny but I am not sure it was bling. This question comes to mind because of recent requests for a new polished watch with some suggesting we incorporate diamonds on the dial – black ones. As a watch maker we are reducing our reach the second we remove emphatic expressions of wealth. A matt finished case simply does not convey the very fact you have money, taste yes, but money no! From the launch of the Blacklamp and the Beater to both current Markers, the Telemark and the Daymark, we have been focused on the congruence of the piece design with its theme and the Schofield brand. Full polished cases will return but not until it makes sense. Will black diamonds ever make sense? Perhaps only if it is bespoke.


  • Schofield and Cudd luxury watch straps


    After last week’s news regarding no more Cricket Ball and Tiger Loaf straps let me point you in the direction of Schofield + Cudd, another trove of wondrous stuff. Schofield + Cudd straps are in stock and ready to ship. Visit the website and do your transacting direct with Mr C.


  • Schofield DLC black watch buckles


    Gosh! Why is it we never did a DLC buckle when we sold the Signalman DLC watch? Because the crown was polished and I wanted to highlight this with a full polished buckle. But now, well next week, we have DLC buckles with an extra oleophobic coating, ensuring they stay finger print free. How are they different from the Ceramic coated buckles? The coating is thinner so they don’t look coated, they look like they are made from black metal. Also they are not quite as black as the ceramic. They are equally handsome though.



  • Glass lights in underground room


    Simon Cudd, of Schofield + Cudd fame, had a job photographing the Winter Light Exhibition at Canary Wharf. Knowing this and having seen similar exhibitions I asked for a copy of all photos for the inspiration folder. Interestingly something always reveals itself to you after the design has been done as if it influenced it. There is no doubt that within these images we see some parts of the Obscura. This one is Reflecting Holons by Michiel Martens & Jetske Visser.


  • Sussex River


    • UNDERCURRENTS gets its own website! So from now on this section is like a summary.
    • Even more new entries on the Particulars page.
    • New DLC buckles coming soon.
    • 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 prebuilt rare thing Beaters available – just ask.
    • New watches, not yet!
    • The pic is of the flood plains around the River Adur at the foot of the South Downs in Sussex.

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

  • Beater case on hand


    We have often been asked for a behind the scenes peek, what is below the surface? While this feels somewhat like putting your head on the block, I realise that we have nothing at all to hide and in fact any that visit Schofield HQ will see us laid bare. Exposed. So why not celebrate this? UNDERCURRENTS.INFO was the Blacklamp blog, a site dedicated to our now long sold out Blacklamp watch. It included development work, prototypes, sketches, amendments, hiccups and more. As we are cleaning up any confusing elements of the Schofield brand, updating this blog was important. UNDERCURRENTS.INFO has all the old Blacklamp posts but will be updated every week with some less glamorous, loosey-goosey, worker-person type posts. Please visit this damp cave full of contraband for it is our secret lair. BTW this image is of the first ever Beater case, gold steel, not raw or patinated bronze. See it on the undercurrents site…it is for sale!