- (on a ship) a precision watch used on deck for navigational purposes to avoid disturbing the chronometer.
Origin of deck watch
Examples from the Web for deck watch
Historical Examples of deck watch
We were called up one evening by the deck-watch to see for ourselves a “ball of fire floating up and down above the ice-field.”Adrift in the Arctic Ice Pack
Elisha Kent Kane
It was still Rainey's deck-watch, and at any moment Carlsen might relinquish the wheel back to him as soon as the girl got tired.A Man to His Mate
J. Allan Dunn