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On Wiki the history of Wristwatches started off as Wristlets and were Fashion Fads made for Women. Men who owned Pocket Watches were quoted as saying "we would sooner be wearing dresses before we dare put on a Wristlet"! How times have changed hehehe.
 

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That's the way fashions evolve! While men had their pocket watches, women had small-sized watches, worn on ribbons usually attached to their bodices. Women were the first to substitute a fancy cord for the ribbon and transfer the watch location to the wrist. It took the battlefields of the First World War for men to finally realize the wrist was a pretty practical place to have easy access to their watches. Mens wrist watches (then called wristlets) of course existed before the war, but at that time were considered effeminate by the average guy on the street. Or so the story goes.
The times, they do keep changin'.
 
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