Date: c 1990s
Size: Length - 5 1/2 inches.
A beautiful and large top quality Waterman ballpoint pen in the very attractive and sought after sterling silver cap and barrel with the basketweave finish. The L'Etalon was a very upmarket pen when it was launched, and the quality is certainly still there today. The pen has an all-metal construction with gold plated trim and a beautiful braided finish to the sterling silver barrel and cap. It is in excellent condition with no damage at all that I can see. The cap has a gold plated band at the top which holds on the pierced pocket clip which is very much a Waterman trademark. The gold plated cap lip band has a PARIS imprint around the back and a hexagonal cutout at the front with the black lacquer infill. The barrel has a gold plated end piece, and the band at the forward end has the rest of the imprint engraved around it. This ballpoint pen accepts a standard Waterman ballpoint refill. It is a retractable ballpoint that works by twisting the cap.
The slight discolouration to the barrel and cap is due to the natural tarnishing of the sterling silver from which the pen is made. I did not want to over-polish this pen as some people like to see a little natural patination.
I have fully serviced this pen. It works perfectly.