The World's First Ever TV Ad

The first official, paid television advertisement was broadcast in the United States on July 1, 1941 over New York station WNBT (now WNBC) before a baseball game between the Brooklyn Dodgers and Philadelphia Phillies. The announcement for Bulova watches, for which the company paid anywhere from $4.00 to $9.00 (reports vary), displayed a WNBT test pattern modified to look like a clock with the hands showing the time. The Bulova logo, with the phrase "Bulova Watch Time", was shown in the lower right-hand quad

The first ever ad was for Bulova watches in 1941. It cost a whopping $9 (just $4 dollars more than this reconstruction cost).

I found the film here on YouTube -
But there wasn't any voiceover for it. So I went to and hired the wonderful Dawg ( to recreate what many documenters say was there.
Five minutes of Final Cut tinkering later and - tada - here we are.

I recreated the ad for a lecture I was doing at http://schoolc