I bought my first Pelikan last week, I've been considering one for a few months and bid on an unknown model on ebay, I knew it was either an M150 or M200 but didn't know what the nib or age were, the seller said it was around 10 years old. I posted pictures from the auction to the what pen are you waiting for thread and sargetalon was good enough to message me with more info, the pen appeared to be an M150 probably from pre 1997.
The pen arrived a couple of days ago and on the surface looked good, there were scuffs and micro scratches that you would expect from a pen that's been in daily use for a decade but the pen looked better than I expected, from it's size I'm now sure it is an M150.. I knew the pen would need flushing so filled it with warm water, the piston moved fairly smoothly and it filled well, when I emptied the pen it looked like ink coming out not water. I unscrewed the nib which was a little tight to speed up flushing, and kept filling and emptying, it was becoming clear that the pen had been in daily use but probably never cleaned in 10 years.
While waiting as the pen soaked I checked the logo and found it was indeed a pre 2003 model but on closer inspection I noticed it says 'Pelikan W Germany' on the cap band, so I'm thinking now that the pen could be alot older than 10 years and possibly closer to 20 or more as West Germany ceased to exist in 1990, if anyone can clear up the date issue I'd be really grateful.
Anyway enough waffle, after 36 hours of soaking the pen was clean, I applied a drop of silicon grease to the piston and was amazed at how smooth it became, I thought it was smooth before but now it's silky smooth. The nib(which is a medium) needed a little tine adjustment to straighten but now is pretty smooth and has a nice spring and gives a little line variation. There's a tiny chip missing from the gold plating but I've read that's not uncommon.
Sorry for going on, here's the pic's
My first Pelikan in all it's glory:
I included this pic as when I received the pen I thought the window was black
M nib with little chip in plating:
W Germany on cap band:
Again sorry for waffling on, now that my first Pelikan is up and running I'm loving it, the cleaning was a real pain but it's been worth it as the pen will hopefully be good for another 20 years. For £20 I think the pen is fantastic and I'm sure my first Pelikan won't be my last