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.

  • Straps for summer


    We have selected a few summer straps for you. Not just a swatch of the brightest as you may think but ones that have a texture that suits being fully exposed rather than small peeps from under a cuff. From the left we have blue tweed, smooth brown Tigerloaf, a rare black shagreen, the classic white Gymnast and HQ turquoise suede. All these straps are in stock, head to the website and have them posted the same day 🙂
  • Schofield Daymark watch strap Change


    Here is the Mustard Omi strap which uses a cellulose based washable, leather-like fabric from a very ‘green’ tannery in Italy, This one is dyed with camomile. All the Omi straps are lined with magenta calf leather. We chose the Omi strap colours to precisely match the Daymark. Very soon they will be available to buy in mustard, grey and black.
  • A sluice gate


    The competition is now closed and what a terrific competition it was! So many top contenders. We have seen some serious talent. Judging is going to be very difficult for Mandy and myself. We have created a shortlist already and over the next week we will discuss the finalists. The winner will be announced through the Six Pips newsletter on Thursday the 11th of May, as well as on Facebook and Instagram. The images will stay on the competition Instagram page where we will keep our ongoing coastal and Sussex photographs.
  • Schofield Daymark by Mr T


    This wonderful photo is credited to our good friends Watches Of Instagram. The Daymark with its superb legibility. You can see here the PVD coated chapter ring with its drilled and filled lume markers. Mustard coloured minute indices and hands that slice up the dial as they mark the day.
  • Blue Bells in Sussex

    SNIPPETS! 243

    • 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
    • The pic is of the Bluebells not 100 metres from HQ, Sussex at its best!
  • Schofield Daymark on black Omi strap


    Daymarks are in stock, on wrists, on social media and in transit. Some watches thrive in print, the Daymark thrives on the wrist, where it belongs.

  • The Daymark on wrists


    Perhaps the jacket is a little distracting but it does show the versatility of the dial colours. Whether you only dress in black, or favour a ‘lumber-sexual’ look with a flannel shirt or if you are the double denim devotee, this watch makes the perfect right hand man with colours that match.