Oxygen tank? Check. Wet suit? Check. Water-resistant Jorg Gray watch? Check. Scuba diving presents a rare look at marine life and natural wonders hiding in the ocean's depths. At these top four scuba sites, adrenaline buffs can get their fix swimming among schools of fish, shipwrecks and coral reefs. Explore the underwater world with your Jorg Gray timepiece.
1. Red Sea, Egypt
With hundreds of miles of coral and sea life brimming in biblical proportions, the Red Sea is one of the most coveted spots in the world for scuba diving. Thousands of anthias teem across the coral wall, which is colored with coral groupers, blue-spotted rays, wrasse, butterfly fish and angelfish. Be prepared, because every now and then the majestic whale shark will cruise by. Water temperatures hover around 75 to 82 degrees Fahrenheit, so diving is good year-round. At Pharaoh's Island, 25-meter wall depths make the JG9600-12 a formidable match. The integrated silicone-rubber band and 200 meters of water resistance withstand whatever Pharaoh throws your way. Afterward, dry off by visiting the pyramids or climbing Mount Sinai.
2. Wreck of the RMS Rhone, British Virgin Islands
Discover a legendary shipwreck off the coast of the British Virgin Islands. During a hurricane in 1867, the Royal Mail Steamer sank with 125 people aboard, losing most. Now the 310-foot-long, 40-foot-wide ship rests broken in two off Tortola within the British Virgin Islands Marine National Park. The JG9700-22, with its screw-down case back, integrated silicone-rubber band and two-tone bezel, was made for this kind of high-intensity dive. Plunge 90 feet down to find the bow, which still retains its original shape. Inside the hull's interior, you'll encounter schools of fish and metal girders encrusted with orange corals and sponges.
3. Lanai, Hawaii
Due to its utter isolation, Hawaii has fewer fish species than the Caribbean, but it compensates by hosting fish that exist nowhere else in the world. The underwater Lanai lava caverns located in Hulopoe Bay are a must-dive, as they boast the most aquatic diversity in Maui County. The wash rock pinnacle makes up the First Cathedrals, where the first 50-foot cavern is laced with lava on the east wall that allows in light like a stained-glass window. Dive deep in style with the JG9700-23, equipped with a three-hand complication and rotating bezel, perfect for timing dives. The screw-down watch case allows it to submerge to depths up to 200 meters.
4. Nakwakto Rapids, British Columbia
An iconic dive in British Columbia's backcountry, Nakwakto Rapids is not for aquatic amateurs. This place boasts some of the fastest ocean currents in the world, clocking in at a staggering 16 knots. Come face to face with giant gooseneck barnacles and an oversized crustacean that grows in mounds 30 to 50 feet deep. Use your JG9600-11 to time the tides with Swiss precision. Professionals say the safety window between tidal exchanges lasts 15 to 30 minutes, and there's no room for error.