The
Heritage
Rich of over 130 years of history, WATERMAN Paris relies on many successful innovations.
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The heritage

1883
After losing a big sale with a client because of a leaking fountain pen, the then salesman Lewis Edson WATERMAN invents the "Three Fissure Feed' system. The system prevents for the first time the excessive discharge of ink when the pen is in use. L.E. WATERMAN patents the first reliable fountain pen in New York: The REGULAR.
1884
Creation of the “ Ideal Pen Company”.
The company is renamed the LE WATERMAN Company in 1888.
1899
Development of the « Spoon Feed » supplying system.
This system is able to prevent ink overflow.
1900
The LE WATERMAN Company receives the gold medal of Excellence at the “Exposition Universelle” in Paris.
1904
The pen clip is invented – To allow the pen to hold in a pocket.

SAFETY
This is the first completely ink flow proof retractable pen.
1926
Jules Fagard creates the JIF-WATERMAN company in France.
The French branch will manufacture WATERMAN pens in France.
1913
WATERMAN introduces the supply system by lever.
This is going to be the reference for the next thirty years.
1927
Introduction of the ink cartridge in glass by M.PERRAUD, searcher at JIF-WATERMAN.
The cartridge is composed of a glass tube with a stopping cap.
1929
PATRICIAN
In reference to a dress designed in 1929 by an haute couture house, the design of this pen portrays the contribution of Waterman to the Art Nouveau era.
1939
HUNDRED YEAR PEN
A WATERMAN pen launched with its unique 100 year warranty.
1953
CF
Inspired by the futuristic design of a missile, is the first model introducing the design of the Waterman clip known to this day. This year also welcomes the introduction of the plastic pen cartridge.
1967
Opening of the Saint-Herblain factory.
1969
Francine Gomez is appointed CEO of JIF WATERMAN.
1983
WATERMAN celebrates its 100th anniversary.

MAN 100
To celebrate its 100th anniversary, Waterman creates The Pen that is to become the reference in luxury writing.
1987
LADY ELSA and LADY PATRICIA
The feminine designs of the Lady Elsa and Lady Patricia unveils the contemporary style of Waterman.
1992
EXPERT
A generous business pen with a dynamic design.

EDSON
Futuristic design with an elliptic shape.
1994
HÉMISPHÈRE
A design that combines technological ingenuity and ultimate elegance.
1997
CARÈNE
Its pure and powerful lines are inspired by the nautical codes and recall the yachting universe.
1999
SERENITE
An object of fascination and desire, inspired by oriental codes.
2000
ICI & LA
An elegant and practical pen for modern and active men and women.
2001
WATERMAN enters the NEWELL RUBBERMAID group.
2003
AUDACE
The collection reveals five feminine designs incredibly original and sensual.
2008
PERSPECTIVE
Inspired by great architectural masterpieces, PERSPECTIVE offers a vision of limitless expression and modern elegance.
2004
EXCEPTION
The Exception line transcends traditional design codes with a unique quadrangular shape and manufacturing excellence.
2009
WATERMAN ELEGANCE
WATERMAN crosses the line towards jewelry and creates the ultimate pen jewel: WATERMAN ELEGANCE.

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