This pen represents the basic Waterman fountain pen, a pen with good construction and a great nib. It is one of those working pens that you just use.
The Patrician hold special value to me. When my mom died, I was given some money and the pen that I purchased was the Patrician fountain pen. To this day, when I use the pen I think our Nimes Frances where I bought the pen, and my mom. It is a nice keep sake.
The Patrician line, launched in 1992, was a remake of the original Patrician pen that dates from 1929. The 1992 version was available in fountain and ball-point models.
The original 1929 pens were available in five colours: Jet, Onyx, Turquoise, Emerald and Nacre. In 1932 another colour was added, Moss Agate. The pens at the time were very popular as the body was of a good size and it had an oversized nib.
The clip of the 1992 version is different from the 1929 model. Waterman used their brand clip of the time that was used on the Man 100 and 200 lines -- the top lines of pens at the time. As I started buying Waterman pens in the 1990's I recognized this clip as one of their signature design points.
The pen for first available in Coral Red and Emerald Green. It was a few years later that the Sapphire Blue model appeared. Waterman had thought they would also issue the pen in turquoise and onyx but those colours were never produced.
The pens have a solid brass inner body which gives the pen weight and solid construction.
The lacquer coating to the body is the result of over 19 coats of lacquer that are applied over a two week period. Each of the pens were numbered on the nib section.
When I was able to take a tour of the Waterman factory in Nantes, France; the rooms where the lacquers were applied were like going into high-tech vaults. Air pressure controls and special garments all are part of the process.
The 18-karat gold nib is made at the Waterman factory in Nantes, as is the 23.6-karat gold-plated cap and clip.
Each of the pens is numbered and the blue lacquered presentation box is very impressive.
I have purchased all three colours of the fountain pen and ball point pen. It is consistently one of my more used pens in my collection. They are well made and here, almost 15 years later, with regular use, they are still one of the pens that regularly finds itself on my desk inked and ready to go.