The first wristwatch was made for a woman.

There are two accounts about this. One account states that it was created in 1810 for the Queen of Naples by Breguet. The other account states that it was Patek Philippe in 1868 for Countess Koscowicz of Hungary. The Breguet watch was last seen in 1855, but the Patek Philippe one can be admired pictured above. Both were intended primarily as a piece of decorative jewellery. Wristwatches were a natural progression from pocket watches, but men did not initially take to the idea, preferring to rely on the larger, more traditional (and masculine) timepiece. However, the practicalities of the wristwatch, which could be operated with one hand rather than two, eventually won over popular opinion, appealing especially to those in the military, who needed to be able to monitor the time while also operating machinery and weaponry. Consequently, the first wristwatches to be produced in large quantities were those manufactured specifically for the German military in the 1880s by Swiss watchmaker Girard-Perregaux.