It was in 1983 that Waterman issued its Man 100 line to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the company, and in 1995 they issued the Opera, one of the versions of the Man 100.
The pen has a vintage look with body treatment that emulates a chasing pattern used on hard rubber pens of the 1920s.
It was August 31,1991, in the London Harrod's Pen Department Store's large pen department located on the lower floor, that I purchased the Opera. I remember the sale very well as the sales person was very skilled. As she listened to the conversation between Karen and I about do I really need this pen, at one point that was a pause, and she simply said, "What colour of ink would you like with your pen?"
In 1991 getting this pen was a big deal, and at $350 CAD it was up there in terms of the pen purchases that I was making at the time.
So here I am, over twenty years later, still using and enjoying this pen. The pen has stood the test of time in terms of style and appearance as well as quality construction. The pen looks as good as it did when I picked up at Harrod's.
While some comments on this pen, published over the years on various sites, indicate that for some users, the pen is too heavy. It is no heavier than the other Man100 lines. There is some weight to the pen as it is a acrylic body over a brass inner structure. This gives the pen strength, but does add some weight to it.
The nib is the 18 kt gold, two tone nib, that is interchangeable with the nibs used for the Man 100 line. A very good Waterman nib that is very smooth writing. Being able to interchange the nib sections has meant that over the years this pen has meed a Medium, Broad and Stub - every writing option I would want.
The pen reminds one of the black chased hard rubber pens.