If this Waterman had been made in America or Canada it would have a model name. English-made ones just have a number: 877. Anything of the Taperite kind has a reputation for being difficult to repair. Specifically, they are said to be hard to do disassemble. Actually that is only true of the US ones. Those have sections glued into the barrel and the one or two of them I have had would have counted as one of the labours of Hercules.
This one has a dark green barrel and section and a gold and silver coloured aluminium cap. Despite a couple of dings in the cap it’s in good condition. The clutch closes the pen very firmly and the clip only shows wear at the tip. The box lever is in lovely condition.
Though these pens show some resemblance to the Parker 51 in the partially covered nib and long section, many of these nibs have at least some flexibility, something lacking in the 51. The semi-hooded nib of the Parker 45 is rather like this Waterman nib.
These pens are not especially popular, partly from the mistaken belief that there are hard to repair but also because many of them have not survived well. Waterman gold plating of this period is notoriously poor. Often the caps are loose but that is easily repaired. Some have loose sections – a distinct contrast with the US variety – but again that isn’t an insoluble problem. A good example, like this one, is a very nice pen indeed. The designer, whoever he or she may have been, dared to create a new and different style, one that works well, in my opinion.