Let's talk about Festina!

Festina - which took its name from Augustus Caesar's phrase of "Festina lente" meaning "make haste, slowly" in Latin, was founded in 1902 by the Studi family in the Swiss town of La Chaux-de-Fonds - the same town in which Enicar was founded. In 1935, the company was sold to a German businessman Willy Burkhard von Wilhelm and transferred to Barcelona during WWII (that's probably why there are so many NOS Festina watches coming from Spanish dealers). Festina was another casualty of the 1970s quartz crisis, but was ultimately acquired by Spanish watchmaker Miguel Rodriguez Dominguez in 1984 as part of his Festina Lotus Group where it is still located in Barcelona with a turnover of 5 million watches a year. More recently Citizen has taken an financial interest in Festina and produces its quartz models in its factories in Japan. In 2008, Festina acquired the Swiss movement manufacturer Soprod who is best known for its high quality Swiss made Soprod A10/M100 movements which are compatible with an ETA 2892-A2. Festina was the certified timekeeper of the Tour de France from 1994 to 2016.
 

Here are some vintage examples from my collection:

Festina Prima Chronograph (1962) ref. 480 559 Movement: Manual Landeron Caliber 51 Case size: 37.5mm - includes original Festina box

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Festina Chronographe (1970s) ref. 4000 Movement: Manual Valjoux 7734 Case size: 35.7mm - purchased from its' original owner's grandson

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Festina Racing Chronograph (1970s) Movement: Manual Valjoux 7734 Case size: 42mm - all original including original rally strap

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Festina Caribbean 100 (1969) ref. 161 Movement: Automatic ETA 2452 Case size: 35.3mm 

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Festina Dive Watch (1970s) ref. 150 Movement: Automatic AS 1913 Case size: 37mm NOS - all original including original signed bracelet with tags

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Festina Palm Beach Special Edition (1970s) ref. 445322 Movement: Automatic ETA 2789 Case size: 37.8mm NOS - all original including original signed integrated bracelet with tags

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Festina Compressor (1970s) ref. 344.201 Movement: Automatic ETA 2836 Case size: 36mm NOS - all original including original signed integrated bracelet

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Festina Sport Watch (1970s) ref. 425228 Movement: Automatic ETA 2452 Case size: 42mm NOS - all original including original suede strap with tags

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