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Waterman Patrician

 

The Patrician in the Man 100 body, with a lacquer finish. The Patrician holds special value to me. When my mom died, I was given a small amount of money. My dad told me to buy something that I would remember. I purchased the Patrician fountain pen in green. To this day, when I use the pen, I think the time that Karen and I were in Nimes Frances, and purchasing the pen. It is a nice keep sake.

Waterman launched the Patrician in 1992. IT was a remake of the original 1929 Waterman Patrician. The 1992 version was available in fountain and ball-point models. Likewise, Waterman issued ballpoint pens with each of the fountain pens issued in the new line. The 1929 Patricians 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 then in 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. For each of the colours I have the fountain and ball point pen. Quite a difference for me.

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. I remember from my visit to the Waterman factory the dedicated section where the gold nibs were manufactured.

Each pen is numbered on the nib section. 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.

 

Waterman Patriician

 

Waterman Patrician Coral Red

Waterman Patrician Coral Red

Waterman Patricican Blue

Waterman Patricican Blue

OMAS 360 2007

Waterman Patrician Green, Ball Point and Fountain Pen

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