Getting an all-round watch is usually a first port of call for people getting into the watch game. Before splashing some cash around on a few different styles, most people will get one watch that 'does it all', until their bank balance and/or significant other sees fit to let them add to the collection. Today we'll look at a few watches that can transition nicely from the workweek, to the end-of-week celebrations, to anything you happen to be doing over the weekend. Like all our lists, this isn't exhaustive, but it's a good starting point if you're not sure what you're looking for.
Bremont ALT1-C Chronograph
Here at MFB, we love Bremont and everything they stand for. Every single watch they make is 'Tested Beyond Endurance', meaning that they put them all through their paces before letting anyone wear one. The Martin-Baker range of watches is actually tested by being ejected out of fighter planes to test their shock resistance. Name us one other brand that does this kind of testing to their watches. You can't? No surprises there. Essentially every one of Bremont's core range fits the 'all rounder' bill, but one that can go from the boardroom to the beach to the bar incredibly well is the ALT1-C Chronograph.
Tudor Black Bay
The Tudor Black bay caused a huge stir when it was released a few years ago, and then even more of a stir when it was released in blue. It's popularity is still overwhelming, with stocks being sold out almost everywhere in Australia, virtually any time you check. This is one of the most versatile watches we've come across in the last few years, easily transitioning from office to after-work shenanigans, and then right on through the weekend until Monday, when it's still doing the job incredibly well. The Blue bezel version looks spectacular on a bracelet or leather strap, or even the included NATO, and the case is depth rated to 200m. This one's a keeper.
Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra
The choice of Daniel Craig in several Bond films (including the new one), this is just a really fantastic day-to-day watch that looks brilliant anywhere and can essentially do anything. Depth rated to 150m, and also resistant to magnetic fields at 15,000 Gauss (for comparison, the Rolex Milgauss is rated at 1000 Gauss). It's also one of the most comfortable watches you'll ever wear. The case/bracelet interface is spot on, and you can get this watch in a few colours as well, but we recommend the standard bracelet version with the dark blue 'tuxedo' dial. It's a timeless look that will last for a very long time, and the Omega Co-Axial automatic movement will is a proven winner in this and many other Omega timepieces. If you're feeling adventurous, you could even go for the 007 edition with James Bond's crest guilloché'd into the dial, yellow highlights, and one of the coolest rotors we've ever seen on a watch. Go on. Treat yourself. You won't regret it.
TAG Heuer Calibre 7 GMT
There are a lot of TAG Heuer timepieces that fit the bill of an all-rounder, but the most recent release here, and one that definitely won't break the bank, is the new Calibre 7 GMT. Automatic movements in a Formula 1 range watch are a pretty new thing for TAG Heuer, and it's probably for the better. Lets forget for a minute that the bezel looks a lot like the GMT from another brand we all know and love, and appreciate that this is actually excellent value for money, and a really good all round watch. The 200m of water resistance makes this essentially life-proof, so wherever you're jetting around the world, you'll be set with this GMT.
ORIS Big Crown ProPilot
This watch is a fantastic representation of do-it-all. It comes in 2 sizes (41 and 45)mm, so there's definitely one for you, regardless of your preference. My recommendation is probably the 41mm, as it transitions more nicely into a dress watch than the larger version, but they're both excellent. 100m water resistance, with a brushed steel finish, and a dial that takes cues from a classic pilot watch, make this one of the picks of the bunch. It comes on a bracelet, as well as a really cool nylon strap that gives it more of a pilot feel. There's a tonne of different variants of the ProPilot, so be sure to check them all out on their website.