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.

  • Daymark Dark

    WEB-CENTRIC

    This Pips is mainly focused on web news, after all it is our front of house, our shop window. A photo shoot for the Daymark Dark image is to us like a new Selfridges Christmas display. It is a big deal, which is why it is worth a special mention. Notice not just the charcoal and the moon but the Schofield wheel logo making the pattern in the sky. This new photo nicely rounds-off the slideshow in the home page. It is also visual representation of considerable effort. We encourage you to let it run.

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  • Schofield Questions page

    QUESTIONS

    Whilst we’re not dissuading you from contacting us with even the most seemingly insignificant of questions, we believe it is in the world’s best interests to answer some of them on our website. Much of the watch industry prides itself on obfuscation, whereas we prefer to illuminate from the outset. We are the beam of light, shining through the fog and the rain. As we’ve said before, if you’re drifting, let us bring you ashore. Below are a few pearls of wisdom, click the links to find out more.

     

    “This is one of those easy-hard jobs. It’s hard because you have to go at it with two screwdrivers at the same time opposing each other. But it’s easy because there is a method that, when followed, works very well and with a very low risk of scratching your watch…”

    How to clean a bronze watch

    “…When you buy a bronze watch, such as the Bronze Beater Batch 2 with a raw or patinated finish, you know that it will change as time goes by, the blotches and spots of patination gradually altering the colour and texture of the watch. However, what do you do if you want to get it back to the metal so that it can start the oxidative process again?…”

    How to get your watch ceramic coated

    “…The advantages of a ceramic or PVD watch coating? Firstly, its ‘traditional matte’ is the coating that is in the lowest band of gloss that is possible to attain by modern standards. In terms of scratch resistance it is, again, right at one end of the spectrum as it clocks in at a 9H in the Pencil Hardness Test used for coatings which is the most scratch resistant that a coating can be rated…”

    SCHOFIELD QUESTIONS

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  • Schofield Club

    THE CLUB

    The Schofield Club has been formalised with another new webpage, this time a secret one. One that requires a secret password. If you have not received a password yet you will soon and you will only receive a password if you are a watch owner. If you have bought a pre-loved and we don’t know about it then feel free to give us a nudge.

    THE CLUB

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  • Six Pips GDPR

    GDPR ROUNDABOUTS

    After consultation with our crack legal team we have managed to avert the apocalypse that might have been the end of the Pips. At the moment you’re probably fed up to the teeth with all of the GDPR notices that you’ve been receiving so let’s keep this short and sweet. We have updated our privacy policy so that we comply with GDPR and we’d invite anyone with any related questions to check this out and, if they remain unanswered, to contact us directly. If you no longer wish to receive the Six Pips then unsubscribe using the link below. Our new list and old list have now be joined to form the new new list, of which every single subscriber has double-opted-in on one of our sign-up forms to receive the Schofield newsletter otherwise known as the Bulletin or more recently The Six Pips.

    SCHOFIELD PRIVACY POLICY | UNSUBSCRIBE

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  • Custom Steel Beater B2

    MR P!

    The custom workshop for which we need a better name has been constantly busy since the Beater Bare Bones Batch 1 was offered in 2013. Some modifications are less hard than others and some are nearly impossible but it is always worth asking. Mr P had a very custom Steel Beater B2 with a B1 handset and limited green B2 dial. It was further ceramic coated a year later. Such a lovely watch we may make a little run similar but different.

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  • Mr Ribbon scarf

    UNDERCURRENTS 280!

    • New DLC buckles have arrived – ask us.
    • Accessories are gone but not forgotten. However if you had your heart set on something let us know – we still have some bits. Also some have made their way to the new Club page.
    • The Obscura®… to be obscure. Visit Undercurrents.info for info.
    • New layaway payment scheme! Peeps taking it up globally!
    • Pic is of the new range of scarves for Schofield and Cudd coming  very soon along with a new website!
    • Mr C update – Feeling great! But starts Radio therapy soon. Spent the day with him yesterday and the man’s an ox! Beard is back – a little.

     

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  • The River Ex

    UNDERCURRENTS 279!

    • New DLC buckles have arrived – ask us.
    • Accessories are gone but not forgotten. However if you had your heart set on something let us know – we still have some bits.
    • The Obscura®… to be obscure. Visit Undercurrents.info for info.
    • New layaway payment scheme! Peeps taking it up globally!
    • New members only page coming to the website! That is for all of you that have a watch!
    • SIGN UP TO THE NEW PIPS LIST
    • Pic is of the River Ex at Exton for Mr & Mrs S and the Mr S I met last week in Mayfair.
    • Mr C update – Feeling OK, doing really well, we see him tomorrow. No beard as it had to go for a Radiotherapy mask fitting.

     

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