(on a ship) a precision watch used on deck for navigational purposes to avoid disturbing the chronometer.
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How to use deck watch in a sentence
"After you with the deck watch," I said to the Snotty who was using it.From Snotty to Sub | Wolstan Beaumont Charles Weld Forester
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
Only one officer at a time kept deck watch, and only one engineer officer down below.Dave Darrin After The Mine Layers | H. Irving Hancock
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
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