The watch is a “World War II relic of historic proportions,” according to Chesapeake City’s Alexander Historical Auctions, which placed the watch’s estimated value between $2 and $4 million.
Jewish leaders and others reportedly opposed to the sale this week, claiming that it had little to no historical importance.
Bill Panagopulos, the president of the auction house, defended the auction and said that the bidder is a Jew from Europe.
The AH initials and a swastika are visible on the watch. According to the auction house, a French soldier who was part of the first Allied force to reach Hitler’s Berchtesgaden retreat on May 4, 1945, took the watch as a spoil of war. The Nazi leader died in Berlin on April 30, 1945.