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Re: What is your favorite mechanical watch
A chronometer is not a time piece that keeps perfect time, but one that has a consistent known error. Therefore, buy any quality watch of your choice and check it daily, weekly and monthly until you have the error exactly. If memory serves, 4 seconds error in time is an error of 1 mile on a reduced site.
However, you are much better off to use a stop watch (or several, if taking multiple sites for latitude and longitude at the same time) and using WWV or WWVH for the exact time.
Personally, I wouldn't rely on a watch I wore for navigation. If you must have a chronometer, the follow Mike's lead and get a dedicated navigation chronometer, with a known error, stored in a special case below to protect it from anything that might alter it's error, like being dropped or banged against a shroud.
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