Black and gold as a color combination will never fail to melt hearts, uplifting any watch with a feeling of luxury status no matter how masculine it may seem. With its tool-watch history and manly connotations, the Panerai Submersible Goldtech OroCarbo may be the ultimate illustration of this.

The case and bezel of the Panerai Submersible OroCarbo are built of Goldtech, a special alloy of gold, copper, and platinum that gives the watch a stunning red tint without the risk of oxidation or corrosion when exposed to perspiration or seawater.

It’s 44mm in diameter and doesn’t hide any of it, with Panerai’s attitude typically coinciding with larger is better, though a 13.35mm thickness isn’t as bulky as you might anticipate. The massive crown guard adds to the watch’s uniqueness by spreading the quantity of gold across your arm even farther.

The Goldtech bezel incorporates a carbon inlay, completing the OroCarbo moniker and allowing the watch to retain an element of sportiness rather than drifting completely into dress-diver territory if it were made of glossy ceramic.

The dial of the Submersible Goldtech OroCarbo has a stunning sunburst finish. The skeletonised hands are clearly discernible against the black, although given the lack of minute markings, perfect readability has never been the primary focus of this Panerai design. The negative display date window is perfectly incorporated, helping to balance the sub-seconds display at 9 o’clock.

The luminous paint, which is really two-toned to distinguish the hour and minute hands after dark, appears to have a very little touch of faux-patina ageing to it, as the printed white sections of the dial, such as the Panerai logo, automated lettering, and markers on the subdial, appear a bit brighter.

The Panerai P.900 calibre, a highly flexible movement, powers this timepiece. The most astounding number is the 72-hour power reserve, which beats at the premium standard of 28,800 vibrations per hour. The automated winding and date display make it a good choice for daily use, even if the look is not something you would wear to a board meeting.