A wristwatch believed to have belonged to Adolf Hitler is being sold by Alexander Historical Auctions, a company specializing in items of historical significance, with a pre-sale estimate of $2-4 million. According to Watchpro, Adolf Hitler most likely received the Andreas Huber gold reversible wristwatch on April 20, 1933, his 44th birthday.
According to The Dailymail, it contains three dates: Hitler’s birthday, the day he was appointed Chancellor of Germany, and the day the Nazi Party won the 1933 election. Hitler, whom he led, is said to have given him the watch in 1933 when he was chosen as Chancellor of Germany.
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On Friday, May 4, 1945, when his battalion became the first Allied force to reach Hitler’s retreat at Berchtesgaden in the Bavarian highlands, a French soldier found him and took the watch as “spoils of war”. According to the auctioneer, watchmakers and military historians studied the watch’s background and came to a consensus that Adolf Hitler actually owned it and that it was legitimate.
However, Jaeger-LeCoultre said in a statement that it does not recognize the legitimacy of the watch, according to Watchpro. “Any inference that this is an authentic Jaeger-LeCoultre watch would be a lie and the company would act accordingly. The company is committed to protecting its intellectual property and is prepared to take all necessary legal steps to prevent the sale of frauds and counterfeits,” the company states.
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