Size: Capped - 5 1/8 inches; posted - 6 1/8 inches.
This is a very attractive glossy jet black example of a post-war English No. W3. It is in very good condition with the only damage that I can see being the plating wear to the pocket clip. It has almost completely worn away from the lower part of the pocket clip, but it still polishes up very well as Waterman seem to have used stainless steel as the base material for making the pocket clip, so it does not tarnish like brass would. The cap has a gold filled top stud. Both the Waterman's pocket clip and the wide cap band are also gold filled. The cap lip band is decorated with vertical incised lines in a style usually known as a "jeweller's band". The barrel imprint is still crisp and clear, though it could be deeper. Opposite, the long and slender filling lever with the spade-shaped terminal is also gold filled. The nib is a very nice shiny Waterman's No. W-2B in 14 carat gold and in a medium point.
I have fully serviced this pen. The nib writes very smoothly with a very good wet line. It produces a good consistent medium width line. This is a soft nib, though it won't give you any noticeable line width variation without a little extra writing pressure, it does have a pleasing springy action.
The W3 is not a model I see many of these days.