Hawaii’s Imperial Watch Co. Announces a Trio of New Variants in their Royalguard 200 Collection

Introducing the Hawaii based Imperial Watch Co. Royalguard 200, initially unveiled in October 2022. And when we say “unveiled,” we mean it was an instant sell-out hit, with every piece snatched up before it even had a chance to grace the hypothetical shelves. So it’s no surprise that Imperial is back, this time offering more of what made the Royalguard a fast success.

The Royalguard’s reissue is now available in three limited edition colorways, featuring both date and no-date options. Imperial has also revived the original blue bezel variant, presenting it in a limited run of just 30 pieces with a date function. While the watch itself remains largely unchanged from its previous iteration, the new colorways add some variety, presenting new options to collectors who may have missed out on the Royalguard’s first release.


Let’s dive into the new colors (pun always intended). First up is the Tropical, which captures the rusty brown and red tones reminiscent of a well-aged tropical bezel. Then we have the Ghosted Green, a soft, muted shade of green that changes from light green to a deep emerald depending on the light.  And of course, there’s the Classic Black, which exudes a vintage, almost gray faded aesthetic. The original blue bezel variant follows this same trend, with its muted, faded, and aged appearance.

The Royalguard draws considerable inspiration from the iconic Eberhard Scafograf 200, notably in its glossy black dial that dances with the light. The oversized circle and triangle indices ensure exceptional legibility, accentuated by a generous application of cream colored SuperLuminova.

For those who appreciate a date function, the date version boasts a framed date window and a charming roulette date wheel, featuring a vintage-inspired, hand-drawn font.

The case pays homage to classic skin-diver designs, boasting elegantly shaved down lugs that seamlessly merge into the bracelet. Mostly brushed, the 38mm steel case flaunts a tastefully chamfered edge, while a 7.5mm screw-down signed crown ensures, as the name would imply, 200m of water resistance. The bracelet tapers from 20mm down to 16mm at the milled clasp, presenting a blend of brushed and polished three-link segments that is evocative of a vintage speedmaster flat link bracelet.

Powering the Royalguard is the reliable Seiko NH35 movement, a true workhorse within the watchmaking realm. 

With this release, Imperial has limited production to 50 pieces in Tropical, 50 pieces in Ghosted Green, 70 pieces in Classic Black, and a mere 30 pieces in the original blue variant with a date complication.

The Royalguard is not a pre order –  they are in stock and ready to ship. For a limited time, the Royalguard will be available at an exclusive launch price of $399, but this offer lasts only for the first 72 hours. Subsequently, it will return to its original price tag of $500. Imperial Watch Co.

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