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Hello fellow FP enthusiats.


I've mostly been a MB enthusiast. Having used a few Sheaffers and Parkers from my mother's school days, my first real acquisiton was a MB No. 34. Since then, I've always been an MB fan. However, I recently acquired a Waterman's 542 full Flex + Mechanical Pencil set (pic attached) from Teri @ peytonstreetpens. Thanks to him, I'm now the proud owner of a gorgeous SS Filagree pen set. This was my first experience using a Waterman, and that too with a full flex nib! Mama Mia! It was literally love at first write. i must say, im leaning alot towards Waterman as well now


I'm new to the forum here and would to learn more about the 542, its years of production, its heritage and experiences of other pen owners. It would be very kind of the patrons if they could share their knowledge with me.


I'm attaching pictures of my set here.


Many thanks in advance.








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Congratulations on a beautiful set.  I think it's a 452, as the "4" stands for "sterling."  I also cheated:  the bottom says 452.  A "5xx" would be gold.


You can start your research at with David Nishimura:  https://www.vintagepens.com/Waterman_overlay_patterns.shtml


You can also explore Waterman with Richard Binder as he explains the numbering:  http://www.richardspens.com/ref/tools/wat_nos.htm


And a little about the 52 Model upon which your pen is based:  http://www.richardspens.com/ref/profiles/52.htm


Vintage Waterman pens have a wide and deep history:  enjoy your pen!!




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Thanks for sharing, Gary. The information is really useful.


The "4" indated sterling silver, "5" makes it a lever filler and "2" denotes the size of the nib.


As per the information on david's site, the basketweave or bamboo design would date the pen to  1925 or there about.


Also, since this is my first flex nib, im rather excited, discovering, and experimenting with new writing styles.

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I'm glad you found some additional information, and that you're enjoying the flex nib.  I have a 452 Gothic, which seems timeless to me.



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