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deck watch

(on a ship) a precision watch used on deck for navigational purposes to avoid disturbing the chronometer.
Origin of deck watch
First recorded in 1855-60 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Dan demanded, eyeing the pair as the deck watch arraigned them before him.

  • "After you with the deck watch," I said to the Snotty who was using it.

    From Snotty to Sub Wolstan Beaumont Charles Weld Forester
  • Before the meal was ten minutes under way the deck watch began to make active preparations for the start down the river.

  • Small boat with two enlisted men approaching, sir, called out the deck watch of the big battleship Long Island.

    The Battleship Boys at Sea Frank Gee Patchin

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