Date: c 1960
Size: Capped - 5 5/16 inches; posted - 6 1/8 inches.
The flagship of the 1960s L- models, the L-5 is a large and substantial pen. This is a very attractive glossy navy blue L-5 that is in excellent condition, and, with the exception of some light wear to the pocket clip plating, appears to be undamaged. Such plating wear is only too common with these L- series pens as the plating on them was very thin to start with. The cap has a slanted top with a gold plated button imprinted with the Ideal globe that holds on the deeply pierced gold filled pocket clip. Below this is a very nice gold filled cap band that is decorated with two horizontal lines running around the circumference. On the barrel, the usual Waterman box-construction filling lever is gold filled and has a spade-shaped end tab. Opposite the lever is a deep and crisp imprint. The nib is a lovely large Waterman No. NW5 in 14 carat gold and in a medium point.
I have fully serviced this pen. The nib is very smooth and produces an excellent wet and consistent line.
A real beauty and really very had to find today in this condition.