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.

  • Schofield and Cudd Products


    It is that time of year when generosity does not go amiss so we are very excited to announce a ‘Simon is generous’ discount of 20% to all Schofield and Cudd products. Please visit the Schofield and Cudd instagram and the website, directing any enquiries via email to As many of you know, Simon is very unwell with a super-aggressive cancer that he is currently undergoing immunotherapy for and whilst this happens the Schofield team will temporarily administrate the Schofield and Cudd brand.

  • Schofield and Cudd Straps


    As a quick reminder, Schofield and Cudd sell not only watch straps to fit Schofield watches and any others with 24mm between the lugs but also scarves by Mr Ribbon and Olive Pearson designs. Also a range of beautiful vegetable tan coloured coin wallets, Boing bracelets, Comph camera straps and multi-coloured ceramic coated buckles. If you’ve spotted something on Instagram or on the Schofield and Cudd website, just ping us an email.

  • \\//9h7b Leather Goods


    This one is similar and, in case any of you were in doubt, Giles is also generous on //9h7b. The story is that we’re doing this because the original manufacturer has gone bust leaving us with no supplier. Fill your boots and stockings with never to be repeated //9h7b offerings.

    Pencil case
    Keyring (bag tassel)
    Apple iWatch Strap (for the larger sized iWatch)
    1 iPhone 5S case

  • Bronze Fidget Spinner


    We thought that the fidget spinner craze had long passed but since the last bronze compeller sold we have been asked over and over again to make more. So we have, but this time in steel. Whilst we put the finishing touches to these, above is a picture of the bronze original to remind you how awesome they are. We were commissioned to make 1/2 length cigar tubes as a storage item. It was such a good idea that we made some extra and anodised them in unique colours. If you are interested or would like a picture, please ask.

  • Daymark/Daymark Dark


    The Daymark is a classic piece of design. The Daymark Dark is the new kid on the block. Where the former is a time-tested favourite, the latter, though dark, is playful. The question is “Which watch should I put my money behind?” This is a tricky one because, like so many questions in the world of luxury, this is a matter of taste. Do you gravitate naturally towards the shiny, the light, the reflective or towards the matte, the dark, the absorbing? Do you prefer a watch rocky, craggy and austere or something a little more understated but no less powerful? Answer these questions and you may be a little closer to your answer.

  • Special Bronze Beater Batch 3


    Special BBB3 in a non brutalist raw finish.
    New in-house Schofield Podcast on iTunes here.
    New Buoys Club page – If you are a customer and can’t get in – email us.
    New layaway payment scheme! Pay over 12 months.
    New Beater B3 ready to order.

  • Murky Beater on Beam


    The number of Murky Beater/Swamp Thing watches has already been whittled down and now only a couple of them remain. Murky it may be, but this particular model has a special place in our hearts as a celebration of the new Beater B3 and its exquisite crown and case back. Both models are brilliant with the new Beater drawing on the best of the old while the Murky Beater is an expression of our more recent designs, its coating reminiscent of the Daymark Dark but with a slightly lighter flourish.