Strap or bracelet? Here are 8 of the most versatile watches on the market

By Kristian Haagen

Photo: IWC

Make your timepiece truly stand the test of time by making it even more multifaceted

By opting for a watch that looks as good with a strap as it does with a bracelet, you can ensure your favourite timepiece is on your wrist whatever the occasion. Here are eight of the best to buy now.


Vacheron Constantin Overseas

The third generation of the Overseas had a slow start when it was launched in 2016, but it enjoys an almost explosive demand in 2021. The most recent iteration of the sporty Overseas is a beautiful watch and comes not only with a bracelet but also a strap in one package.

Without having to bring out the Swiss Army Knife nor in danger of breaking any nails, the 37 millimetre Overseas offers a rather nifty quick strap change mechanism that quickly makes the watch go from elegant to sporty.

Vacheron Constantin

Overseas self-winding


IWC Portofino

Named after one of the most leisurely places by the Mediterranean Sea, the IWC Portofino oozes glamour and timeless elegance. Offered in several sizes, the 34 millimetre Portofino provides a plethora of dials.

However, the dial is not all that makes this line interesting, it’s the possibility of completely changing the watch's look no matter via a delicate Milanese mesh bracelet or one of the many coloured straps that IWC offers. Sure, diamond indices are a nice touch, but the change of strap to a bracelet or vice versa makes the most significant impact.

IWC Portofino

Portofino Automatic 34


Oris Aquis Date Diamonds

Whether your life is lived below the surface or on land, the Oris Aquis Date is a watch that will undoubtedly suit your wrist, while its elegant diamond-set indices will catch the eye. Fitted with a matching steel bracelet, the Aquis Date offers a versatile look that goes as well at the office as it does by the ocean. But fitted with a soft black rubber strap, the watch transforms into a piece of sporty equipment that would make Jacques Cousteau look twice with envy.


Aquis Date Diamonds


Omega Aqua Terra Small Seconds

James Bond wears one. The first man on the moon wore one. And Cindy Crawford and her daughter Kaia both wear one. We are, of course, talking about Omega, the Swiss watch brand that offers a rich collection when it comes to illustrious timepieces.

One of the more recent additions, the 38 millimetre Aqua Terra Small Seconds, is as stunning on the wrist with a bracelet as it is with a strap. The bracelet version comes with diamond indices while the strap version offers mother of pearl, but whichever you opt for, you’ll have a stunning watch offering that distinct Omega Aqua Terra look.


Aqua Terra Small Seconds


Girard-Perregaux Laureato Ghost

One of the finest watch brands around, with a long history and some outstanding designs, Girard-Perregaux offers a tremendous contemporary line-up. The Laureato, initially launched in 1975, is a beautiful and sporty take on the Swiss manufacturer’s classic look.

The 38 millimetre Laureato Ghost in white ceramic is a pale yet pleasing take on the famous Laureato line. It looks fantastic no matter if fitted with a white ceramic bracelet or an eye-pleasing white calf strap.


Laureato Ghost


Rado Captain Cook Automatic

Inspired by a model made by Rado in 1962, the modern take on the Captain Cook watch not only features an automatic movement but is also offered in an appealing diameter of 37 millimetres.

A striking vintage-inspired design mixed with an updated movement and an EasyClip system changes the look of this watch entirely whether it is fitted with a pearl-of-rice steel bracelet, a leather or a NATO strap. All these options are included in a leather travel pouch meaning you can quickly and comfortably switch it up wherever you are.


Captain Cook Marina Hoermanseder


Certina DS Action

The 34.3 millimetre Certina DS Action is where elegance meets sporty. It dresses up your wrist whether you’re going for a swim in the ocean or after-dinner drinks at your favourite beach club in St. Tropez.

Ticking with a chronometer-certified quartz movement, the Certina DS Action not only looks good on a strap or bracelet, it also offers stellar precision.


DS Action


Bell & Ross BR 05 Grey Steel

When the French watch company Bell & Ross launched their celebrated BR 05 line, it immediately proved that the brand was about more than just flight deck instrument-inspired timepieces. The BR 05 is instead a more sleek and elegant watch that oozes more Evoque than Defender.

Launched in 2019, many see this watch as a response to the integrated bracelet craze. However, the Bell & Ross BR 05 also looks fantastic on a black rubber strap.

Bell & Ross

BR 05 Grey Steel