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.

  • Grey Leather strap on DLC watch


    Many of you will know I have a thing for grey straps. So why not add another to the collection! We already do the light grey tweed, the legendary dark grey tweed, some grey toned suedes, even the Black Tigerloaf is more dark grey than black, but now we have this! The greyest, most contemporary looking, smooth, tight-grained nappa with a black stitch. Lined with our green calf, made in super limited numbers, let’s do it! (not online yet – email us).


  • Sea green Tweed strap


    A new sea-green tweed, also the colour of the new (V5.1) Strap Kit. Now you can have matching Kits and straps! Lined with India rubber which some prefer for summer use and again made in low numbers, so if you fancy it, pop over and email and we will make it happen.
  • Bronze high-end fidget Spinner


    It goes with brass but it is actually bronze. Because they are freshly machined and have yet to oxidise they are still bright. We have been ‘modding’ them which is something you can do too. We have experimented with polishing and chemically patinating them and they look superb – pics next week…
  • Bare Bones on green canvas strap

    IT IS ON

    Setting our second oldest strap (and a classic it is) with our second newest watch, the Signalman Bare Bones with the silver coloured Rhodium dial and the green canvas strap. This watch is so perfect for just showing off colour… See below!
  • Luxury leather for straps


    You give us feedback, so I am fully aware that quite often this very newsletter succeeds in being a terrible tease. It always has been and I have no intention of stopping the fun now. I am naughty showing this picture as it is premature but I am so excited about a new collaborative project that I just had to share. Impressive piece of leather isn’t it?
  • Cliffs By Cherry Ellis

    Snippets! 248

    • Watch Wallets are running really low so, if you are on the fence then please act now!
    • Strap Kits V5.1 (pictured) are also running very low!
    • The Compeller is wonderful. Fact.
    • Schofield made Toots! Original Jazz Coffee is always on hand, it is a better brew than you would expect from a watch company – worth a try.
    • The pic from Cherry Ellis on a school trip to Cuckmere Haven.
  • Schofield luxury fidget Spinner


    A most unexpected response to our little Compeller! We had 36 hours of mayhem following its launch. Everyone has seen the £3.99 versions and it seems we all want something with a little more time spent on the design, machining and build. Time spent is what we do and we thank everybody that has been so enthusiastic over this little fidget spinner!