Waterman Heritage


Rich of over 130 years of history, Waterman Paris relies on many successful innovations.


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 Gold Medal of Excellence at the "Exposition Universelle" in Paris.

1904

The pen clip is invented, allowing a pen to hold in a pocket.


LE Waterman Company introduces Safety, the first completely ink-flow-proof retractable pen.

1913

Waterman introduces the supply system by lever. This remains the reference for the next thirty years.

1926

Jules Fagard creates the JIF-Waterman Company in France. The French branch will manufacture Waterman pens in France.

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 a haute couture house, the design of this pen portrays the contribution of Waterman to the Art Nouveau era.

1939

The 100 Year Pen is introduced, with a unique 100 year warranty.

1953

CF, inspired by the futuristic design of a missile, is launched. It is the first model introducing the now iconic Waterman clip design. 1953 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. To commemorate Waterman creates the Man 100, a pen that is to become the reference in fine writing pens.

1987

Lady Elsa and Lady Patricia are introduced. The feminine designs of the Lady Elsa and Lady Patricia unveils the contemporary style of Waterman fine pens.

1990-92

Waterman introduces Expert, a generous business pen with dynamic design.


Edson is introduced soon after, featuring a futuristic design with an elliptic shape.

1994

Waterman introduces Hémisphère, a design that combines technological ingenuity and ultimate elegance.

1997

Carène is introduced. Its pure and powerful lines are inspired by the nautical codes and recall the yatching world.

1999

An object of fascination and desire, Serenite is introduced and inspired by oriental codes.

2001

Waterman enters the Newell Brands group.

2003

The Audace collection reveals five incredibly original and sensual feminine designs.

2004

The Audace collection reveals five incredibly original and sensual feminine designs.

2008

Perspective is introduced, inspired by great architectural masterpieces. Perspective offers a vision of limitless expression and modern elegance.

2009

Waterman crosses the line towards jewelry and creates the ultimate pen jewel: Waterman Elegance.

2019

Waterman launches Embléme, a collection that takes inspiration from the iconic Parisian Skyline.

Hémisphère’s 25th Anniversary

Waterman pays homage to the colorful and glamorous life of the French Riviera to celebrate Hémisphère’s 25th Anniversary

Waterman Pens Brand Heritage

For over 130 years, the Waterman pens brand heritage has both established Waterman as a worldwide symbol of luxury fine writing and assisted in progressing fine writing craftsmanship. Through the years Waterman pens have transformed the writing experience into a sophisticated symbol of success. From humble beginnings to the unveiling of an exquisite collection of fine pens, the Waterman pens brand heritage is one that strives to embody rich Parisian culture, modern elegance and a truly one-of-a-kind fine writing experience.