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.

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    ONE STEP AT A TIME

    As a company based in Sussex which famously states that we ‘face the sea’ it is imperative that we protect the natural environment in which we live. Our corporate social responsibility is at the very heart of everything we do here at Schofield. We do not pride ourselves on making tens of thousands of watches per year, nor would we want to, our low numbers mean that we can instead pride ourselves on being, to an extent, waste free. Our efforts to reduce our plastic use can be clearly seen in the recent changes to our packaging. Our new boxes (which will be released soon) are made in the UK from sustainable UK wood, our smaller UK parcels are now sent away in ‘green’ jiffy bags. We no longer use plastic sticky tape having swapped it for ‘greener’ paper tape and we have reduced the amount of stickers we print.

    Anything we have spotted that we can reduce, we have. It should come as no surprise then when we tell you that after months of research we have finally come to an agreement on what will be the internal packaging for our cardboard boxes (yes, we are that detailed here at HQ). This in part took months because finding a solution which does not compromise on Giles’ design aesthetic and appeals to his futuristic sensibilities but is still biodegradable was not the simplest of tasks (corn starch packing peanuts were never going to work). Behold our new inner which we have dubbed the Packing-Star Galactica! Those of you who share with Giles’ penchant Sci-Fi will find this particularly amusing.

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  • Watch Closely Stack

    WATCH CLOSELY

    We received an overwhelming response to our new catalogue and have already given away and posted over 100 in the space of only 24 hours!
    Thank you to everyone who mailed in, rest assured if you did not receive an email reply it doesn’t mean you were not heard, the booklets are on their way and should arrive with you shortly (if you are an overseas customer please be patient, mail may take longer to arrive).
    For anyone else interested please just let us know where you would like your copy sent. If you are an existing Schofield customer we ask that you might share the catalogue with a friend (for our existing Buoys Club members we are working on a referral offer and are open to ideas of what you think would be fair and feasible).
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  • Podcast Episode 4

    A NEW PODCAST NOW LIVE!

    In the latest episode of our podcast, Giles and Harry meander through an average day at Schofield, chatting about what it’s like to work here at HQ and the goings-on behind the scenes when someone orders a watch. Not much of a high-octane action-packed thriller, this episode is more of a relaxed jaunt through the Sussex countryside. From people popping in to Giles popping out, this podcast will let you in on a few trade secrets as well as letting you in on Schofield’s plans to expand the office in the near future…
    If you have any questions for us which may be included in future episodes then please contact us at social(at)schofieldwatchcompany.com.
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  • Movement Parts

    WHAT IF?

    Last night Giles attended and featured at Fears’ Six Week Store in Piccadilly and quite unexpectedly he was forced to face Schofield’s morbidity as a brand when asked by a customer “what would happen if Schofield ever went bust?”.
    Firstly we must assure you that we are not going bust! Though we are small in comparison with some of the larger global players we are still firmly anchored and afloat.
    If you have found yourself pondering the longevity and upkeep of your Schofield watch collection should we ever hit on storms we cannot weather (it has not happened to date so is highly unlikely) then rest assured that our deliberate choosing of stock movements, namely the ETA2824-2 and the UNITAS 6498 (and in fact any other movements that we have used) can be serviced worldwide by any highly qualified watchmaker. It is also worth noting that all other serviceable parts, specifically water resistance gaskets are nothing particularly fancy and can be sourced around the world from suppliers other than ourselves. We also hold parts and spares for all of our watch models ever made with the exception of some cases. This all said and minds put at ease we are here for the foreseeable future and naturally we should be your preferred choice because we know our product better than anybody else. 
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  • Four Men of British Watch Making

    LAST NIGHT WAS GRAND

    Fears Watch Company was kind enough to invite Schofield, Pinion and Garrick along to their pop up store in Piccadilly Arcade last night. A little soiree that saw some of the most important names in Independent British Watch Making (it’s Watchmaking (one word) when referring to Garrick! Those who listen to the Schofield podcast will understand this distinction), talking shop and sharing secrets with the collectors and enthusiasts that share our passions from the other side of the fence. Thank you Nick and thank you to all those that came not just for the free beer! This pic is of the four watch company owners waiting for the doors to open and talking passionately about matching your shoes to your buckle!
     
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  • Telemark with a Blue Tip

    UNDERCURRENTS 291!

    Yes! A blue tipped second hand and matching buckle! The world is your oyster!
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  • Piccadilly Arcade

    AN EVENT! NEXT WEDNESDAY!

    We are proud to announce that we will be taking part in the British Watch Evening on Wednesday the 3rd of October alongside several stalwarts of the British watch industry. This exclusive event has been put together by the reputable Nicholas Bowman-Scargill (MD at Fears Watch Company) and will be an evening of trying on watches, good conversation and all things horological. Tickets for this event are extremely limited so if you wish to come along and join us in the beautiful Piccadilly Arcade please do let us know as soon as possible via email.

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