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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

River Scoured for $200,000 Watch

Divers in St. Petersburg are searching for a $200,000 wristwatch that a visitor to the northern capital accidentally flung into the Neva River.

The tourist had arrived in St. Petersburg for the White Nights celebrations, and in an apparent emotional outburst, he threw his hands into the air while crossing the Ioannovsky Bridge over the weekend, a source at the Russian Divers Association told Interfax on Monday.

His enthusiasm quickly ebbed, however, when his expensive Hellmuth watch flew off his wrist and sailed into the Neva, the source said.

"An hour later divers were dispatched to the scene ... but couldn't find anything," the source told Interfax. "The massive watch, covered with diamonds, disappeared without a trace."

Divers will resume combing the bottom of the river for the timepiece Thursday at 4 p.m. "The whole operation will take about two hours," the source said.

The owner has offered a $10,000 award to the person who retrieves the watch, though experts say the likelihood of anyone finding it before a team of professional divers is "practically zero," Interfax said.