The Six Pips Chronicles

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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 at Salon QP


    Without the standard watch-world hyperbole, something we are anathema to (but have to be reminded) we were well busy at SalonQP! I know we always say this but it is true. We lost our voices halfway through Thursday night and would you believe that some people were waiting years (!) to see us because they could not previously get to our stand. We had so many conversations on the smell of leather, the vivid colour range of Cudd straps and the patinations of bronze, with well-worn B1s laid next to new B2s for comparison. The Telemark story was refined through constant recital and was called by many the watch of the show. This all pleases us greatly!
    Photo from Frame Freezer Photo.
  • Bronze watch


    The compliments received for this little treasure lately has been utterly thrilling. We are still seeing an even split between the raw and the patinated versions. Often I am asked which one and the answer is mainly based around predictability. The patinated is quite stable, it will predictably polish on the outer rim of the bezel. The raw is anybody’s guess. Your personal chemistry and environment could change the watch in any number of ways, perhaps green outbreaks, perhaps black. The bronze Beater is on our website ready to buy…
  • Telemark watch


    I am thinking we should film a little discussion on this watch (maybe all of them) explaining the details, the influences and the nods to the Heroes of Telemark film and the Daymark watch. The little naval contact mine around the date window, the engraving of the Norwegian Jomfruland lighthouse on the case back, the Daymark chapter ring reversed and removed and the vapour blast case and pull out crown. Too much awesomeness! The Telemark will be available on our website from early next week 🙂 The Markers (Telemarks and Daymarks) can be shipped immediately 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂
  • Schofield + Cudd strapps


    We were told by more than one that Schofield + Cudd is the coolest strap company on the planet, this pleases us greatly! We had a selection of cracking new straps for QP, many will be up on the S+C website over the coming week! If there is anything you like, that you have seen here or on social media, get it touch really quick because these straps are flying, and not just straps all the other little bits too like wallets and purses! 
  • Giles and Simon Salon QP


    SalonQP makes me realise that I don’t get out enough. A post QP bereavement of all the familiar faces that have kept me company the last week (including the one to my right!) and to all the new ones we talked at. Thank you for visiting our stand and thank you for liking our stuff enough to buy it 🙂
  • River Adur


    • The new Telemark watch is ready to go! Yes we have stock, still early numbers!
    • The Signalman Bare Bones has very nearly run out, never to be made again. Get in touch if you are tempted. We have one of each colour left. A true Rare Thing.
    • Schofield culls Facebook, Google+ and The Fancy! And boy we feel good about it.
    • Christmas specials coming soon. Look out for our awesome stockings and crackers!
    • The pic of our neighbour and friend, the river Adur, quietly doing its thing.
    “It is to be noted that when any part of this paper appears dull there is a design in it.” – Richard Steel
  • Schofield Telemark


    A new watch for Autumn SalonQP release! The Telemark. Part of the Markers range. Limited edition, submarine dialled, fully numerated (a first for Schofield) and lumed. ETA 2824-2 Swiss auto with date at 4:30. Engraved case back with a Norwegian lighthouse. Little nods to The Heroes of Telemark film. In stock and ready to ship. The same price as the Daymark – £3000 (ex VAT) outside Europe. £3600 (inc VAT) Europe. Free delivery. Soooo exciting! Email if you would like more details. Like the BBB2 you get first dibs 🙂