Back On TV, Bulova Time Again

May 1998


Back On TV, Bulova Time Again

Television ads are airing again for the brand already in the history books for watch advertising firsts

Bulova, maker of the very first television advertisement (aired in 1941), returned to its marketing roots this fall with three 30-second commercials. Bulova and its retailer customers reported success in the markets where they aired.

Retailers will have another opportunity to use the ads in November and December, says Francie Abraham, vice president of marketing. They are part of a consumer advertising program that has generated double-digit increases in the past two years.

The retailer-tagged ads focus on the past and the present. One notes Bulova's role in the U.S. space program, including its trip to the moon; others remind viewers of Bulova's long history in timekeeping. Each also brings the message up-to-date with scenes from everyday life in the 1990s.

Also this spring, Bulova added two new women's Accutrons and three men's models. In addition, its Marine Star line has become one of its best-sellers nationally, totaling one-third of all Bulova brand sales. Echoing national watch trends, a model with a blue face and one with blue subdials are particularly popular (see picture), says Abraham.

From Bulova's Marine Star collection, this steel chronograph ($375 suggested retail) is among the company's best-sellers. It's featured in a new print and television ad campaign.

Bulova Corp., Woodside, NY; (800) A-BULOVA or (718) 204-3417.

by Michael Thompson





Copyright © 1998 by Bond Communications.


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