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We thought we would go back to our nautical theme of yesterday's Heuer Regatta post by finding another water-born watch. This time the watch itself was not designed to be worn on the water, as we all know the Chanel J12 was the first watch up Mount Everest on the wrist of Sir Edmund Hillary in 1953. Chanel, however, has gone ahead and made the J12 a yachtsman's watch by giving them out as gifts to the winners of their ever so chic replica Chanel J12 Swan Cup Regatta. The Chanel Swan Cup Regatta is hosted biennially at the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda in Italy (looks nice, doesn't it?). It is one of the most social of the large regattas on the European circuit asreplica Chanel watches hosts both a hoity-toity owners dinner as well as a more ruckus (but still hoity-toity) crew party. There are four different classes of races, and the event lasts approximately 6 days. The watch we have found for you today is a 1999 Chanel J12 (a favorite of ours) that is engraved on the back. It is engraved to read "Overall Chanel Swan European Regatta 2000". Yes, this Chanel was presented to the over all winner of the 2000 Chanel Swan cup, and apparently that person didn't want it anymore (or perhaps he was a Madoff client?) and has hawked it to our friends at Watches of Distinction. The watch is in excellent condition and does come with the original Chanel box. This is certainly a great Chanel to consider if you love sailing, or if you've ever dreamed up entering the Swan Cup. It is being offered for a very reasonable 2495 GBP...only very slightly more than what you'd pay for an unengraved 1999 Chanel J12. We called the very strange Omega Time Computer III possibly the nerdiest watch Omega ever made. Antiquorum had the estimates at $800-$1300. Turns out the market for vintage digital watch withes gold plated cases and stretchy bracelets isn't as strong as expected; it sold for $600. The very cool and very rare Chanel Double Red J12 White retailed and signed by Cartier is a watch that received a lot of attention when we featured it. More than a few blogs picked up on that one. The pre-sale estimate was $25,000-$45,000. Antiquorum was a little off on this estimate too, in a good way. It sold for $91,200.