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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
1855-60 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • 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.”

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