The time is the mid seventies and Waterman has introduced what will be their flagship pen until the introduction of the Man 100 about a decade later. Unlike the more angular and futuristic pens such as the CF series, the Concord and the DG line, this was a return to the fairly straight flat top models.
Here you can see a Gentleman in a wondrously deep burgundy lacquer (that unfortunately loses much of its depth and vibrancy under artificial lighting) next to the later Man 100 Opera.
But it is the Sterling Silver version that this reviews covers.
It came in pretty much the same box that all my relatively modern Waterman pens used, simple blue with a white lining.
Like the Sheaffer Legacy it is a snap on cap that holds and posts securely. Like the two Montegrappas it uses the International Standard cartridge or converter.
The ridged section is exceptionally easy to use over an extended period even though the section is quite slim. The nib is a classic 18K Waterman nib of the period, pretty stiff for writing through carbons and none of the flex found in so many of the vintage Waterman nibs.
Of the four pens discussed so far, it is about the longest and also by far the slimmest, despite that I still often find it gets into rotation. I imagine that it uses a little "deux chevaux" to sneak in under the regulations.
Edited by watch_art, 23 July 2011 - 00:56.