The hand of the Metropolitan of St. Petersburg and Ladoga Barsonophios accidentally found a watch similar to one of the models of Rolex. A luxurious accessory noticed in the photo a press-service of the Petersburg Metropolitanate attached to the record of the pilgrimage of the priest at the Greek Athos. The cost of the watch, spotted on the head of the diocese, up to 2.5 million rubles.

According to the article published the message the press service said that the Metropolitan Varsonofy from 22 to 27 October made a pilgrimage to the Holy mountain Athos. During the visit, the Bishop visited the monasteries, hermitages, and held the statutory services.

The next day after his arrival on mount Athos, October 23, Metropolitan Hilarion visited the monastery of St Panteleimon, congratulated hieromonk Evlogy (Ivanov) with the election to the new position and presented him with a priestly cross. As noted by “Fontanka”, the monastery is under the jurisdiction of the Russian Orthodox Church, and the 1000th anniversary of Russian monasticism on mount Athos there was a massive reconstruction, including the money of St. Petersburg utilities.

Monday, October 24, Metropolitan Varsonofy visited the Old Rusik, Ksilurgu, Iveron and the capital of the monastic state Brown. A day later, the Archpastor celebrated the divine Liturgy in the monastery of St Panteleimon.

To concise report on the visit is attached 15 photos, one of which Metropolitan Varsonofy is on Board the ship and looks into the distance. In the picture it is clearly visible that on the hand of the priest next to the rosary wearing the watch.

In appearance, the accessory resembles the model of a Rolex Daytona 116509. On the website of the Swiss company saying that the chronograph was designed specifically for professional drivers of race cars, and presented in 1963. “Due to its high reliability and its bezel with a scale speed they are perfectly enable drivers to measure average speeds up to 400 kilometres or miles, as he will, in an hour. The name and the functions of these legendary watches will always point to their belonging to the world of motor sports”, – reported in the description of the accessory. “24 hours of Daytona” is the name of an annual endurance race held in the United States.

Watch Metropolitan Versione similar to Rolex Daytona 18K white gold with red second hand and black dial, on which are three small counter. On the website one of the Internet shops it is reportedthat new model will cost more than 40 thousand dollars (more than 2.5 million rubles).

The official dealer Rolex store in St. Petersburg, “Fontanka” said that in Northern capital there is no model, which, perhaps, is the Metropolitan. At the same time in the Moscow branch were available from three copies. Together with delivery to St. Petersburg this watch will cost 2 million 554 thousand rubles (more than 40,5 thousand dollars at current exchange rate). St. Petersburg watchmaker told the newspaper that the black market of the city Rolex Daytona can be purchased for 25 thousand euros. In this common and fake Rolex, the cost of which does not exceed $ 25.

Petersburg collector triplex told “Fontanka” that the Daytona is considered an indicator of style and prestige among the owners of Rolex. “If you have a Rolex, then it must be Daytona. Not discussed. If you just rich person, but you have no taste, you’d buy a Daytona in a gold case. If you’re rich, you have taste, then you take the Daytona in white gold. While the coolest, in fact, is a Daytona in steel casing. It costs two times cheaper, but just as it is not on display,” said the specialist in luxury watches.

In a press-service of the Archdiocese reported that Metropolitan Varsonofy is still on Athos. The journalists ‘ questions about what it is the Lord, it is ready to respond at a later date.

Earlier in the propensity to purchase expensive things repeatedly accuses the Patriarch. Journalists are not the first to notice the ROC on the boat, assuming the vessel is owned by the spiritual leader. In 2012 it became clear that the Patriarch purchased in Italy, luxury furnituremade to order. As it turned out, the extravagance intended for the reception of the head of the Russian Orthodox Church.

It is also known that Patriarch Kirill has a weakness for expensive hours. In addition, the housing of the Saint is worth about 50 million rubles.

In the St. Petersburg Metropolitan noticed watches similar to Rolex riders 28.10.2016

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