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.

  • Signalman Bare Bones Blue Rhodium Dial and Rose Gold DIal

    BARE BONES OF MANY COLOURS

    There are not many of these limited edition watches left, not many at all! Pictured are the blue rhodium and rose gold dialled versions. We also have silver rhodium, heavy grey rhodium, yellow gold and German Silver. Email now before the artist’s proof watches are gone for good 🙂
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  • Tide Time by Schofield and Mandy Barker

    RUNNERS UP

    I knew it would be hard. Whittling away to reach a list of runners-up has been very tricky. Next week we will go from all the best to just one when the lucky winner will be announced.
    Mandy is currently at the Prix Pictet Award entitled SPACE at the Victoria and Albert Museum – public opening from 5 – 28 May, so head on down to see her stunning work. Remember also that we have a Schofield X Mandy Barker commission for sale, a limited edition photographic print (a section of pictured above). Email us for details.
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  • Daymark on Washi leather strap

    DAYMARKS FACING THE SEA

    From a recent photoshoot Watches Of Instagram capture the Daymark by the sea. This Daymark is our newest and most wonderful watch particularly of note in this image is how vivid the dial looks which is so true in some lights whereas at other times it is desaturated and flat. A dial that reflects the shiftiness of English weather.
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  • Schofield Rare Ladyfinger

    CUSTOMER VALUE

    If you are a Schofield customer then you are privy to the new VALUABLE NOTE emails. If you did not receive this last night then let us know and we will get it to you asap. VALUABLE NOTE emails contain super fresh news, offers and insights. We may also ask a question or two. Pictured is a rare Ladyfinger of which we have just one…
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  • Schofield DLC on Pink Suede

    A DASH OF PINK

    Be it pink, red or any shade in between, a strap in one of these colours will pick out the red on all of our dials. The only watch not to have red on the dial is the rare and much coveted Beater Bare bones.
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  • Schofield Green anchor

    SNIPPETS! 244

    • Remember if you are an owner of a Schofield watch then you and only you can buy the Strap Kit
    • If you see a strap in any of our media you don’t recognise then take a screen grab and we will identify it for you
    • 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
    • Schofield adds Pinterest to the gamut of our social media
    • If you are yet to visit the new website then do it now, it took months and is awesome!
    • The pic is of a house-boat moored at Shoreham-by-Sea, Sussex
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  • SCHOFIELD DAYMARKS AS THE SIX PIPS

    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 to 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.

    What’s new? It is still the trusted newsletter that we have delivered 242 times before! Though from now on it will be when the occasion demands rather than each and every week. The images are larger and there is now a sixth image to accompany the snippets section. This is the club, the lounge, the party, the launch, the news and the fun, so stay subscribed and pass it on!

    SIX PIPS CHRONICLES

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