Vintage wristwatches can be found at thrift stores, at yard sales and through various websites. Websites selling vintage watches include eBay, H.Q. Milton, Darlor Watch and the Vintage Wrist Watch Company.
Although it is unknown exactly when the wristwatch was invented, the earliest record of a wristwatch was given as a gift from Robert Dudley to Queen Elizabeth. In 1571 Dudley presented the queen with an armlet inlaid with a clock.
Watch bracelets became popular fashion accessories for European ladies in the 19th century. The earliest wristwatches for men were designed for military use as an alternative to the pocket watch.