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Waterman Vintage Fountain Pen Review: Patrician, Man, Gentleman, Skywriter, Liaison

Updated on June 30, 2013

Waterman Vintage

Waterman vintage fountain pens constitute sought for collectors' items that usually can still effectively function as writing instruments. During its over a century long existence, Waterman launched and discontinued many collections of pens, some of which became iconic pieces of calligraphic history and industry manufacture.

Many of these deployed innovations that quickly became obsolete, or simply lost their initial appeal due to changes in tastes and fashion; others were stopped due to global design overhauls, or obscure financial reasons. Of course, as soon as initial popularity began to fade, a more durable, and profound one began to accrue, that of the vintage character. Additional discontinued titles include Gentleman, Phileas, Liaison, several Edson lines, and others. Most of these items can be found on eBay, which

Besides their self-evident aesthetic and collectible value, Waterman vintage fountain pens stand out as artefacts by which the history of the manufacture can be traced: which materials were used in during which era. For instance, Plastic and Ebonite that the brand utilized for such collections as Phileas, Patrician, and Liaison, are no longer used today – lacquer, stainless steel, and precious metals have been found more durable.

Waterman Serenite Fountain Pen
Waterman Serenite Fountain Pen

Material technology continues to develop, and perhaps we soon might expect to find new media in our fountain pens (shall we say carbon fiber?) – the trend of going back in time is already evident in the elegant cocobolo wood Serenite.



The plastic barrels and caps display semi-precious stones (Onyx, Nacre, Turquoise, Agate) inspired colors, and pronouncedly simplified geometrical ornament that replicate early geometrical mosaics on temple floors constructed about two millennia ago. Not surprisingly, the title of the collection expounds this ancient reference, since the word “Patrician,” as we all well know, means a Roman noble.

The plastic body cunningly underplays the distant source of the plated ornament, perhaps reminding that reading and writing, once the privilege of few, today is the inalienable right of billions.


Another classic, Man was launched in 1983 to commemorate Waterman's centenary; it featured plastic for the basic models, while more elaborate designs included gold and sterling silver. Man 100 and Man 200 are among the best known variations, usually equipped with two-tone 18K gold rhodium-plated nibs.


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