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A modern-vintage diver returns. Imperial Watch Co. Royalguard 200 LE

There are two things I love; microbrands and ones that create badass dive watches since I'm utterly obsessed with divers. One day while scrolling my Instagram feed, I saw a new follower notification pop up from a brand called Imperial Watch Co. Never hearing of the brand before, I clicked the profile, and what greeted me was a dive watch with a vintage-aesthetic bezel and a unique dial that drew me in immediately. The watch in question is the Royalguard 200.

Initially released in October 2022, the Royalguard 200 returns in 2023 with four limited edition colours; Classic Black (70 pieces), Ghosted Green (50 pieces), Tropical (50 pieces) and the original Blue bezel with a date window (30 pieces). The 38mm diver pulls inspiration from vintage skin divers while maintaining modern divers' precision, reliability and quality.

The Royalguard features a 38mm stainless steel case that's 14mm thick, 47mm lug-to-lug, and a lug width of 20mm. The watch stays within the vintage skin-diver form factor, paired with a stainless steel bracelet tapering 20 - 16 mm for added comfort on the wrist. The aluminum bezel insert, domed sapphire crystal, gilt dial, vintage lume and large crown add to the vintage vibe and will age beautifully over time as the aluminum bezel begins to patina and show signs of wear. Powering the watch is the trusted and reliable automatic Seiko (SII) NH35A.

I may be biased, but the Royalguard won me over from looks alone. I'm a sucker for a beautiful dive watch, especially vintage, and seeing a modern dive watch that harkens to vintage gave me the feeling of a kid at Christmas. The subtle pops of colour from the bezels, the design of the dial, and everything about this watch made me smile. The Royalguard 200 LE will release on May 16th, 2023, at 9:00 PT/12:00 ET.

The launch price will be $399 for the first 72 hours after the launch, and the discount will end at midnight on May 19th, 2023. Newsletter followers will receive one hour early before launch access to get their hands on this vintage-inspired diver, so make sure you're subscribed to Imperial Watch Co. emails. For more information, please check them out online.

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