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.

  • Grave in Sussex

    UNDERCURRENTS 258

    • Schofield at SALONQP 2017! Showing many watches and accessories. Get tickets here.
    • Schofield + Cudd at SALONQP 2017! Showing straps and buckles – many very limited.
    • Fish Guts fountain pen ink, buckles and new straps online.
    • Bronze Beaters B2s are selling very well with a 50% split between force-patinated and raw finishes.
    • BBB2 has still not made it to the website as we are fulfilling Pips subscribers orders first.
    • We celebrate one year of Toots! coffee by drinking some.
    • The pic is of a gravestone residing in the graveyard of the smallest church in Sussex.
    Schofield
  • Mustard OMI strap

    NEW OMI ONLINE

    The OMI straps are in stock and online. Three colours designed to compliment any Schofield watch, Mustard, Grey and Black. They are water resistant and dyed with natural substances like ash and camomile. They are colour-fast and tough. The lining is a bright pink calf leather The keeper keep close ribbon is red.
     
    Schofield
  • Fish Guts fountain pen ink

    IT HAS BEEN 4 YEARS

    4 years ago we first mixed Fish Guts ink to accompany our fountain pen. Every pen came with a bottle of this dark teal ink. The pen has long sold out but the ink we have never stopped using. Now for the first time (don’t ask why?) it is available to buy online along with its partner highlighting ink called Orange Indicator. Both the Schofield inks are made in England and bottled in fine Italian glass with engraved phenolic lids.
     
    Schofield
  • Schofield raw Bronze Beater

    THE RAW BBB2 BUILT

    Here it is! The new Bronze Beater B2 with the raw case, raw meaning untouched with the stew of chemicals reserved for oxidising and colouring the force-patinated version. It is now down to you to apply the stuff of life (grime and grease) and watch how it changes over time…
    Schofield
  • Bumpy Lizard S+C strap

    BUMPY LIZARD IN SILVER AND BLACK

    It is a new variant of the bumpy lizard, the last one was a sort of nude/beige, this is black with silvery dimples. Super special and super rare (only a small amount of raw materials procured). Visit Schofield + Cudd to grab one.
     
    Schofield
  • Custom Beater watch

    CUSTOM WORK

    We thought you would like to see this specially commissioned brutalist Beater. A full B2 spec in a steel case finished in our proprietary brutalist way. Shown here on the Grey OMI strap – What a stunner!
    Schofield
  • Shoreham Houseboat

    UNDERCURRENTS 257

    • Schofield at SALONQP 2017! Showing many watches and accessories. Get tickets here.
    • Schofield + Cudd at SALONQP 2017! Showing straps and buckles – many very limited.
    • Fish Guts fountain pen ink, buckles and new straps online.
    • The Schofield telephone number 01273 494878 is up and running.
    • Bronze Beaters B2s are selling very well with a 50% split between force-patinated and raw finishes.
    • BBB2 has still not made it to the website as we are fulfilling Pips subscribers orders first.
    • We celebrate one year of Toots! coffee by drinking some.
    • The pic of house boat rentals in Shoreham.
    “It is to be noted that when any part of this paper appears dull there is a design in it.” – Richard Stee
    Schofield