It was invented by Patek Philippe, but initially was considered an exclusively female accessory. Among men it was commonly used the pocket watch.
Early twentieth century the Brazilian inventor Alberto Santos-Dumont, having a hard time reading the time on board the aircraft manufactured by him, asked his friend Louis Cartier watch a more practical. Cartier gave him a wrist watch with a leather strap of which Dumont did not do more for less. When Cartier became popular in Paris, so he began to sell these watches also the male customers.