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WATERMAN LE MAN 100 LEMAN IDEAL 18K GOLD FOUNTAIN PEN DISCONTINUED FULL SET MINT

  • Brand: Waterman
  • Product Code: LE MAN 100 LEMAN IDEAL 18K GOLD FOUNTAIN PEN
  • Availability: Out Of Stock
  • Pen type: Fountain pen
  • Item condition: USED
  • Set: SET, PAPER.
  • Country/Region of Manufacture: France
  • $349.99

Description

WATERMAN LE MAN 100 LEMAN IDEAL PARIS 18K GOLD nib
FOUNTAIN PEN FULL SET - MINT CONDITION

Great collectible pen for an avid Waterman fan!!!
~RARE EDITION~
Waterman LE MAN 100 LEMAN IDEAL 18K GOLD two-tone Nib Discontinued FOUNTAIN PEN
Top Rings of Waterman Man 100. The pen was first introduced in 1983 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Waterman.
It was a sad day when in 1999 when Waterman announced the pen was no longer in production. In my view, the company had difficulty with the subsequent replacement lines. On one hand, a good run, 1983 to 1999, but sad to see such a classic leave production.
Introduced in black resin, it was considered a large pen at the time measuring some 5 5/8 inches in length when capped. The black pen, with gold plated trip and a good-sized 18 karat two-toned nib — this pen is a real looker.
Waterman used this pen body to turn out numerous other lines such as the Man 100 Opera, the Fontainebleau pens in wood (popular in Europe but never really made their way to the North American) and the Patrician line.
Clip of the Man 100The Man 100 uses a clip that was very similar to the Gentleman line. This style of clip became the standard Waterman look for a number of years. Clips are and important part of the overall style of a pen, and this clip has a classic look. Commonly called a washer type, held on with a screw accessible through the cap, rather than a clip that is held onto the pen with a rivot.
The cap itself is great as it is firmly held to the pen body when capped.
The Man 100 line very popular and in 1985 Waterman came out with a slightly thinner pen, the Man 200.
The Man 100 has a converter ink filling system also accepting Waterman Cartridges. The nib is 18 kt gold with a platinum decoration and came in a variety of styles that range from Fine, Medium, Broad, Stub and obliques. The nib is engraved with Waterman, IDEAL, Paris - a touch back to the roots of the company.
The Le Man 100 was introduced in 1983 for the company's 100th anniversary. I believe it was discontinued around 2000, except for the precious metal versions, which lasted at least through a 2001.
There are two main nib designs: a simple two-tone nib imprinted with "Waterman / Ideal / Paris / 18k 750 / France" and a fancier one with a globe on it. 
Identifying characteristics: tubular shape, 1-2 cap rings, 2 end rings, washer clip, a ring on the section, and gold plate at the end of the section where the nib is inserted. Large. Has 18k 2-tone nib, in 2 variants (Ideal and Globe).
The standard version is your basic black with gold trim.
It looks great, very elegant, stylish and modern.
Lenght 14.4 cm (approx). Made in France.
Complectation: SET, PAPER.
P.S. VERY GOOD CONDITION  with some typical signs of use, tiny scratches and wear. DISCONTINUED ONE of TOP WATERMAN MODELS!!!  (see pictures carefully)!!!

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