Our review today is of an exciting watch – The Successor 2. The successor 2 is a watch manufactured by Nine Four Watches. As you can see from the photos, the watch body comes with a design that is highly inspired by the iconic case designs of the legendary watchmaker Gerald Genta, who designed the Royal Oak for Audemars Piguet. Nine Four watches offer the watch in 4 different dial colors – blue, ice blue, salmon, and green. Also, every watch has two versions – with a date window and without a date window. The version we got for review comes with the blue dial and with a date window. Let’s explore the watch’s specs and see what we think about it.
Successor 2 – Case
As mentioned above, Successor 2 comes in a “Genta” style case. The case diameter is 40mm, and its thickness is 10mm.
The watch’s case comes with a brushed finish, and the only two places where we find a polished finish are the sides of the watch’s body.
As mentioned above, the watch we got comes with a blue dial. Nine Four Watches chose a fascinating pattern for the dial, with a circular “guilloche style” pattern that expands from the center of the dial to the ends of the dial.
The watch comes with a vintage-style bracelet, slightly smaller than the watch’s lugs. The bracelet is a 3-link bracelet with a wide middle link, surrounded by two thin links.
The dial is very clear and highly readable. We find Four Nine Watches logo at 12 o’clock, which is actually a newly designed logo. If you ask us and from the common comments you can find online, the new logo is much better than the old one. At 3 o’clock we find the date window, and on 6 o’clock we find the word “AUTOMATIC”.
The watch comes with a sword-shaped hour and minutes hands, while the running seconds hand comes with a small “snowflake,” the one we usually find in Tudor watches, only much smaller in the Successor 2.
Successor 2 – Movement
Inside the watch, we find the Miyota 9039 Caliber. The Miyota 9039 is an automatic movement that beats at 28,800 beats per hour and comes with a power reserve of 42 hours.
The movement is visible through the clear back case. We can find a rotor with some engravings and some parts that are gold-toned.
How it Feels
The watch is very thin, and it’s pretty cool to wear. The “Genta Style” case attracts looks and some questions and interest. The watch looks much more expensive than its current price tag. We didn’t have a chance to review one of the old watches from Nine Four watches, but from reviews online, we can see that the new watch’s finishes are much better.
The watch feels great on the hand, although after a few hours of wearing it, the inner parts-finishes of the bracelet start to “itch” a little bit, although nothing too serious.
The dial is very interesting. It’s always a pleasure to look at it, as it almost “changes” in a different light, as you can feel, for example, with the “Tick Dial” of the Aqua-Terra watches from Omega.
The overall feeling with this watch is of a much highly-priced watch, although we feel that a different bracelet would upgrade this watch and make it even more appealing. Still, we can’t really complain, considering the price tag.
What’s the price tag, you’re probably asking? Well, the Successor 2 is currently selling for USD 329.99 instead of USD 419.99. We find that even the USD 419.99 price tag is excellent, and the new price tag makes it even a more amazing deal, with a very high value for money.
To Sum it Up
It’s not a secret that everybody is looking for the “Genta Shape” watch. Companies such as Hublot, Zenith, Baume & Mercier to Tissot offer versions of the “Genta Shaped” case. Some are much more expensive than others (Hublot, Zenith, Girard Perregaux, etc.), and some are more affordable (Baume & Mercier Riviera, Tissot PRX Powermatic). But none of them come with a price tag lower than USD 350, especially not with an automatic movement.